"However, it is highlighted in the base analyses of the index that no extensive reforms have been carried out in Estonia to reduce corruption, which is why our point score has remained on the same level over the last few years", Erkka Jaakkola, chairman of Transparency International Estonia, said.
South Africa maintained its score of 43 out of 100 in the Corruption Perceptions Index for 2018, with Transparency International citing President Cyril Ramaphosa's efforts to address corruption.
TI executive director Samuel Kimeu blamed the executive for protecting corruption suspects.
The global corruption index by Transparency International is a stark warning to all.
'Corruption is much more likely to flourish where democratic foundations are weak and, as we have seen in many countries, where undemocratic and populist politicians can use it to their advantage'. The 2018 score for the Maldives was drawn from the World Bank CPIA, Global Insight Country Risk Ratings, and Varieties of Democracy Project.
Transparency International's latest findings align with a public opinion survey the group conducted two years ago, which revealed that almost six in ten Americans believed there was an increase in corruption from 2016 to 2017, when Trump entered the White House.
Although Malaysia has made significant strides since last year's election, including key arrests of corrupt officials, the country has an ongoing investigation into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
Out of a total of 180 countries, on a scale from zero (very corrupt) to 100 (very clean), Trinidad and Tobago foundered at 41, making the country more corrupt than countries like South Africa (43), Saudi Arabia (49) and Jamaica (44).
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At 25, Barbados is the best placed Caribbean country for the second consecutive year with a score of 68 out of 100 on the CPI.
Equally troubling, according to the report, 16 countries significantly saw their scores dropping, including Australia, Chile, Malta, Hungary and Turkey.
Italy has always been perceived as one of the most corrupt countries in Europe.
Denmark claimed the top spot with 88 points, just one ahead of New Zealand, deemed the least corrupt country in the world over the two previous years.
Transparency International Ukraine points out that the government has partially implemented its 2018 recommendations concerning the creation of the High Anti-Corruption Court. No "Full Democracy" scores below 50 on the CPI and a handful of autocratic states do.
The highest scoring region is Western Europe and the European Union, with an average score of 66, while the lowest scoring regions are sub-Saharan Africa, with the average score 32, while Eastern Europe and Central Asia have the average score of 35.
The research presented in the report establishes a clear and indisputable link between the prevalence of corruption in the public sector and the failing of that country's democracy.