Greece is ranked 58th regarding transparency and corruption, a spot down since last year, according to Transparency International in its 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index report. The Index gauges levels of perceived public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories around the world. The index scores them on a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (clean). The average score is just 43 out of 100. READ MORE: Palace of Galerius in Thessaloniki. More than two-thirds of countries scored lower than 50. This is because 131 countries have made “no significant progress against corruption over the last decade.” The research found that anti-corruption efforts have stalled last year, as many countries used the COVID-19 pandemic “as an excuse to curtail basic freedoms and side-step important checks and balances.” In 2021, the countries with the lowest perceived level of public sector corruption were Denmark, Finland and New Zealand, each with a score of 88. READ MORE: ELVO: The Greek vehicle manufacturer is back operation. This was then followed by Norway, Singapore, and Sweden at 85. The opposite end of the index saw South Sudan scoring just 11, making it the world’s most corruption-stricken country. Syria and Somalia were close behind with a score of 13. This was then followed by Venezuela and Yemen at 14 and 16 points, respectively. The United States only came in 27th with a score of 67, unchanged from last year’s lowest score since 2012. READ MORE: 305 new investment plans given approval for 2022. Despite the Biden administration establishing corruption as a core national security concern, Transparency International notes that the country’s lack of progress on the CPI can be explained. Transparency International said this is because of “persistent attacks against free and fair elections, culminating in a violent assault on the U.S. Capitol, and an increasingly opaque campaign finance system.” According to the measurement, Greece's neighbours ranked as following: Italy 42nd, Cyprus 52nd, Bulgaria 78th North Macedonia 87th, Turkey 96th, Albania 110th, Egypt 117th and Libya 172nd. READ MORE: Majority of Greeks see corruption in public works contracts, politics and mass media.