Tuesday, December 03 12:19:22
Ireland has improved its position by four places in the latest Transparency International's 2013 Corruption Perceptions Index.
The country is now in 21st place on the global list, scoring 72 on a scale of 1 to 100 with 100 representing the least corrupt.
Denmark and New Zealand tied for first place out of 177 countries - meaning they were perceived to have the lowest levels of state sector graft. Finland and Sweden were joint third and Norway was ranked fifth.
Germany came in 12th, one notch better than 2012, while Japan slipped one place to 18. The United States and China were unchanged from 2012 levels at 19th and 80th place respectively.