North Korea retreated four notches in an annual international corruption ranking to 174th among 180 countries last year, a report by an anti-corruption watchdog showed.
The reclusive country scored 16 out of 100 in the Corruption Perceptions Index report issued by Berlin-based Transparency International, down two points from the previous year.
The index evaluates countries based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be, using data collected “by a variety of reputable institutions, including the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.”
South Korea climbed a notch to rank 32rd with 62 points, while Denmark, Finland and New Zealand shared the top with 88 points. (Yonhap)
By Nam Kyung-don (email@example.com