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Most Corrupt Nations

Updated July 6, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

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 2019 survey, two-thirds of countries scored below 50.

RankCountryCPI Score
1Somalia9
2South Sudan12
3Syria13
4Yemen15
5Venezuela16
5Sudan16
5Equatorial Guinea16
5Afghanistan16
9North Korea17
10Libya18
10Haiti18
10Guinea-Bissau18
10DRC18
 
Source: Transparency International, 2019. Web: www.transparency.org.
 
 
 
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