12/05/2012 02:32 pm ET Updated Apr 23, 2013

The 10 Most Corrupt Countries In The World: Report

Where are the most corrupt countries in the world? They span the globe, according to the newly-released Corruption Perception Index 2012

Scandinavian nations like Denmark and Finland were ranked as the least corrupt, while countries like Somalia and North Korea were labeled as the most corrupt. The Index "ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be," based on expert opinion.

Wondering where we landed? The United States ranks 19 out of 174 countries, where lower numbers signify less corruption. That's an improvement. Last year, the U.S. ranked 24 out of 183.

Take a look at the most and least corrupt countries below:

Global Corruption Index