Transparency International yesterday published its 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index, which relies on various surveys and assessments to rank countries according to the perception of corruption in the public sector. It focuses on the bribery of public officials, kickbacks in public procurement, theft of public funds, and the effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts.

Bhutan, Chile, Ecuador, FYR Macedonia, Gambia, Haiti, Jamaica, Kuwait and Qatar have improved their score from the 2009 index. Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore jointly topped the 2010 index. The United Kingdom and United States have fallen to 20th and 22nd position respectively. The index can be found here together with information about methodology: http://www.transparency.org/policy_research/surveys_indices/cpi/2010