BERLIN, Jan 27 - India has climbed 9 points to rank 76th in this year�s global corruption index launched here today, which is topped by Denmark.
According to Transparency International�s International Corruption Perceptions Index 2015, India is placed at 76th position, along with Thailand, Brazil, Tunisia, Zambia and Burkina Faso out of 168 countries.
India has improved its past year�s position of 85 and has a grade index score of 38 out of a possible 100, which indicates the least corrupt, said the report.
The index was prepared by using data from institutions, including the World Bank and the African Development Bank.
According to Berlin-based Transparency International, 68 per cent countries have a serious corruption problem and half of the G20 are among them. �Not one single country, anywhere in the world, is corruption-free,� the report said.
�The 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index clearly shows that corruption remains a blight around the world. But 2015 was also a year when people again took to the streets to protest corruption. People across the globe sent a strong signal to those in power: it is time to tackle grand corruption,� said Jose Ugaz, Chair, Transparency International, global watchdog on graft and abuses of power.
Denmark topped the index for the second consecutive year as the country is perceived as the least corrupt. It scored 91 points, while North Korea and Somalia remained at the bottom with unchanged scores of 8. The US rose one spot this year to 16th place with a score of 76, tying with Austria. The UK rose three spots to 10th with a score of 81 that tied it with Germany and Luxembourg. � PTI