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Apparently a lot has changed since Shakespeare wrote in "Hamlet" that "something is rotten in the state of Denmark." An independent survey of 85 nations rates Denmark the least corrupt.

The United States ended up in a 17th place tie with Austria.

Cameroon ranked last.

The results, based on the views of businessmen and other experts, was compiled and released Tuesday by the Berlin-based Transparency International, which seeks to educate citizens around the world about the impact of government corruption.

Ranking just below Denmark were, in order, Finland, Sweden, New Zealand and Canada. Just above Cameroon at the bottom, were Paraguay, Honduras, Tanzania and Nigeria.

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