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Does anyone in the world really think their governments are clean? Almost 70 per cent of nations are thought to have a "serious problem" with public servants on the take, according to graft watchdog Transparency International.
The group's annual Corruption Perceptions Index is the most widely used indicator of sleaze in political parties, police, justice systems and civil services, a scourge that undermines economic and social development. Each country is awarded a score on a scale from 1 to 100.
This year's list finds Australia among the 10 cleanest countries. Click through to see who else made the cut – and which nations sank to the very bottom.
With input from AAP
Photo by Getty Images Dec 4, 2013