The World's Most Corrupt Nations, 2014

According to the annual survey by the Berlin-based organization Transparency International, Somalia, North Korea, and Sudan are perceived to be the most corrupt, Denmark, Finland, and New Zealand are perceived to be the world's least corrupt countries. For a list of the least corrupt nations, see World's Least Corrupt Countries. 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 2014 survey, two-thirds of countries scored below 50.

Country 2014
CPI Score
1. Somalia 8
North Korea 8
3 Sudan 11
4. Afghanistan 12
5. South Sudan 15
6. Iraq 16
7. Turkmenistan 17
8. Uzbekistan 18
Libya 18
Eritrea 18
11. Yemen 19
Venezuela 19
Haiti 19
Guinea Bissau Equatorial Guinea 19
Angola 19
16. Syria 20
Burundi 20
Zimbabwe 21
Source: Transparency International, 2013. Web: www.transparency.org .