Cyprus’ score slipped further on the corruption perception index in 2015, now ranking 32nd among 168 countries with an average score of 61 out of 100, its lowest since 2007, according to the Transparency International annual report.
An aggregate of scores by “analysts, businesspeople, and experts”, as well as corruption-perception measurements from various sources, the index suggests that Cypriots’ attitudes towards corruption have worsened relative to recent years.
In 2012, Cyprus scored 66 and ranked 29th among the countries looked at, slipping two spots over the next two years – scoring 63 and ranking 31st.
Last year, Cyprus fell a further step down the list, ranking 32nd, along with Israel and Lithuania, which tied at a score of 66.
And this, the report noted, in a year when most countries have improved their scores in terms of battling corruption.
Among European states, Cyprus ranked 18th.
For the second year in a row, Denmark topped the list, scoring 91, followed by Finland (90) and Sweden (89).
North Korea and Somalia fared the worst, scoring a paltry 8 and being the only countries in single digits.