efe-epaBy Karl Sexton. Frankfurt, Germany

The Asia-Pacific region is home to some of the least corrupt societies as well as the most corrupt, according to a study by Transparency International (TI) that was published on Thursday.

New Zealand was joint first in the NGO’s ranking of 180 countries on its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), while Singapore was joint fourth on the list. The hermetic North Korea was the region’s second poorest performer, coming in 172nd place, one place above war-ravaged Afghanistan. EFE-EPA