A leading global monitoring group says Iraq, Haiti and Burma are among the world's most corrupt countries.
Berlin-based Transparency International released the information today in its annual report that ranked 163 nations based on perceived corruption, as seen by business people and country analysts.
Also among the most corrupt are Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan.
The survey's most corrupt nations are also some of the world's most impoverished. The head of Transparency International Huguette Labelle says the survey results indicate much remains to be done before there is meaningful improvement in the lives of the world's poorest people.
Among the least corrupt are Finland, Iceland and New Zealand, followed by Denmark, Singapore and Sweden. The United States ranked 20th.