If you live in the U.S., here is one more reason to be thankful. Transparency International, an anti-corruption group, put together a list of the most corrupt countries in the world for 2010, and the U.S. is nowhere near the worst. In fact, of 178 countries studied, America ranks as the 22nd least corrupt, with Denmark and New Zealand topping the least corrupt list. The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries based on the perception of corruption in the public sector. In order to do so, the researchers compile results from more than a dozen surveys with residents to determine the level of bribery, kickbacks and embezzlements that take place among public officials in each country. Unfortunately, the study found that corruption still remains a global issue. Three quarters of the countries surveyed scored between zero and five out of a high of 10, meaning most countries in the world have high amounts of corruption. “These results signal that significantly greater efforts must go into strengthening governance across the globe,” said Huguette Labelle, chair of Transparency International, in a press release. “We need to see more enforcement of existing rules and laws. There should be nowhere to hide for the corrupt or their money.” Here are the 10 countries with the most perceived corruption with their score out of 10 (remember: the lower it is, the more corrupt it is).