Israel ranked 36th best in the German-based Transparency International organization's Corruptions Perception Index of 177 countries, released Tuesday. The index showed that Israel rose in the last year from 60 on a scale of 100 (39th place) to 61. This compares favorably with other members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The Voice of America reports the cleanest states were Denmark and New Zealand. The most corrupt were Somalia, North Korea and Afghanistan. Syria was 10th from the bottom and the Ukraine ranked 144th.