Or says this CNN.com article. It tied for first place as “least corrupt” with Denmark and New Zealand. The US was 22nd. Somalia, Afghanistan, Myanmar (Burma) and Iraq were the most corrupt.
I genuinely don’t know enough about/have a strong enough understanding to discuss Singaporean politics. However, I do find it interesting that the three least corrupt governments are all fairly small first-world countries. I’m projecting, of course, but it’s probably easier to run a corruption free government when the country you are governing is so small, and requires a much smaller administration. For comparison, I’ve often heard Singapore’s size described as “half the size of LA.” You can easily drive from one side of the country to the other in under an hour (barring traffic, of course).
I’m also not surprised that the “most corrupt” countries are all war-torn and poverty-stricken; that’s the perfect environment in which corruption can flourish.
That the US came in 22nd is actually something of an accomplishment in my opinion. We’re such a large and unwieldy creature with so many moving pieces, it’s actually kind of surprising we don’t have more. The UK, which is much smaller only did two spots better at 20th.