Dominica has scored 5.2 out 10 in the latest Transparency International (TI) 2011 Global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) ranking.
According to the TI index, 10 is the least corrupt while 1.0 is the most.
In the report, which was released last night, Transparency International also ranked Dominica at 44 of the 182 countries surveyed.
The 2011 results for Dominica remain the same as that of 2010 which gave island 5.2 on the CPI ranking and country rank of 44.
However the ranking has dropped a couple of decimal points from the 2009 report which ranked Dominica 5.9 on the CPI scale.
The CPI ranks countries according to their perceived levels of public-sector corruption. The 2011 index draws on different assessments and business opinion surveys that are carried out by independent reputable institutions.
The surveys and assessments that are used to compile the index include questions which relate to the bribery of public officials, kickbacks in public procurement, embezzlement of public funds, and questions that probe the strength and effectiveness of public-sector anti-corruption efforts.
According to the report Trinidad and Jamaica are most corrupt countries in the English speaking Caribbean with CPI scores of 3.2 (country ranking of 91) and 3.3 (country ranking of 86) respectively.
The report showed that Barbados is the least corrupt with a ranking of 7.8, followed by the Bahamas (7.3), St. Lucia (7.0), St. Vincent and the Grenadines (5.8) and Dominica (5.2)
New Zealand was ranked as the least corrupt country with a CPI score of 9.5, while North Korea and Somalia were both ranked at the other end of the 182 country scale with a CPI score of 1.0.