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Corruption watchdog ranks Cyprus as 32nd 'cleanest' country.

By Stelios Orphanides

Transparency International, the international non-governmental anti-corruption organisation, said that it ranked Cyprus as the world's thirty-second "cleanest" country in 2015 together with Israel and Luthuania.

While Cyprus's ranking among 168 other countries dropped one place last year compared to 2014, its score rose to 61 from 60 in a year, the Berlin-based organisation said in a statement on its website on Wednesday. Cyprus ranked below Poland and Taiwan, Botswana and Bhutan and was followed by Slovenia, Spain, the Czech Republic, South Korea and Malta.

Denmark topped the list as the world's cleanest country, followed by Finland while Sweden came third, Transparency International said. New Zealand was ranked fourth while the Netherlands and Norway shared the fifth place. Somalia, North Korea, Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Angola, Libya and Iraq bottomed the list.

Greece, Romania, Italy and Bulgaria were the worst performers in the European Union, according to Transparency International.

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Date:Jan 27, 2016
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