Lithuania ranks 39th among 175 countries in this year's Corruption Perception Index published by Transparency International. Last year, Lithuania was 43rd among 177 rated countries.
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Lithuania scored 58 points on a scale of 100 this year, as compared to 57 in 2013.

According to the index, the lowest Corruption Perception Index is reported in Denmark (92 points) and New Zealand (91 points), whereas the highest was found in North Korea and Somalia (8 points each), the Lithuanian bureau of Transparency International said.

The other Baltic states ranked higher on the index this year, as compared with earlier surveys, i.e., Estonia scored 69 points and placed 26th (68 points and 28th place last year), while Latvia got 55 points and ranked 43rd (53 points and 49th place last year).

In this year's index, Poland got 61 points and placed 35th (60 points and 38th last year), Belarus 31 points and 119th place (29 points and 123rd last year) and Russia 29 points and 136th place (28 points and 127th last year).

Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index is one of the world's most relied upon corruption perception indexes, specifying how various countries are successful in curbing corruption.

In the index, the existing situation is rated by a specific number "on a scale from 100 (very clean) to 0 (highly corrupt)". The scale of corruption is established by perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.

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