Lithuania for the first time scored five points out of ten in the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and came in the 46th place among 178 countries.
The corruption rate is lower in Lithuania than in Estonia and Poland, but higher than in the neighborring Latvia, Belarus and Russia. Lithuania's CPI stood at a score of 4.9 in 2009, at 4.7 in 2008, and at 4.8 in 2007.
Estonia got 6.5 point (26 th place) while Latvia got 4.3 points (59 th place).
The top three were Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore scoring 9.3 points each. Finland came fourth.
The Corruption Perceptions Index 2010 is based on the joint assessment by business-people and analysts of the level of corruption in a country, and each country is rated on a scale of one to ten, with a score of ten indicating absence of corruption, and zero indicating absolute corruption.
The index ranks countries according to the level of corruption present in the public sector. The scoring systems combines data gathered by surveying business leaders with the results of analysis by several independent and reliable institutions.
The CPI ranks countries according to the perception of corruption in the public sector. The CPI is an aggregate indicator that combines different sources of information about corruption, making it possible to compare countries. The 2010 CPI measures the degree to which public sector corruption is perceived to exist in 178 countries around the world. It scores countries on a scale from 10 (very clean) to 0 (highly corrupt).