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Most Corrupt Nations

According to the annual survey by the Berlin-based organization Transparency International, Somalia, North Korea, and Afghanistan are perceived to be the most corrupt, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden are perceived to be the world's least corrupt countries. For a list of the least corrupt nations, see the Least Corrupt Nations. The index defines corruption as the abuse of public office for private gain and measures the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among a country's public officials and politicians. It is a composite index, drawing on 13 different expert and business surveys. The scores range from 100 (squeaky clean) to zero (highly corrupt). A score of 50 is the number Transparency International considers the borderline figure distinguishing countries that do and do not have a serious corruption problem. In the 2017 survey, two-thirds of countries scored below 50.

RankCountryCPI Score
1Somalia9
2South Sudan12
3Syria14
4Afghanistan15
5Yemen16
5Sudan16
7Libya17
7North Korea17
7Guinea-Bissau17
7Equatorial Guinea17
11Venezuela18
11Iraq18
13Turkmenistan19
13Angola19
15Eritrea20
15Chad20
 
Source: Transparency International, 2017. Web: www.transparency.org.

 
 
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