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The Most Corrupt Countries In The World [LIST]

Berlin, 27 January 2016 – 2015 showed that people working together can succeed in the battle against corruption. Although corruption is still rife globally, more countries improved their scores in the 2015 edition of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index than declined.

Most Corrupt Countries
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Overall, two-thirds of the 168 countries on the 2015 index scored below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean).

Yet in places like Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Ghana, citizen activists in groups and on their own worked hard to drive out the corrupt, sending a strong message that should encourage others to take decisive action in 2016.

“Corruption can be beaten if we work together. To stamp out the abuse of power, bribery and shed light on secret deals, citizens must together tell their governments they have had enough.

“The 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index clearly shows that corruption remains a blight around the world. But 2015 was also a year when people again took to the streets to protest corruption. People across the globe sent a strong signal to those in power: it is time to tackle grand corruption,” said José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International.

Grand corruption is the abuse of high-level power that benefits the few at the expense of the many, and causes serious and widespread harm to individuals and society. It often goes unpunished.

This year Transparency International is calling on all people to take action by voting at unmaskthecorrupt.org. We want to know which cases the public most believe merit urgent attention to send a message that we will take a stand against grand corruption.

Brazil was the biggest decliner in the index, falling 5 points and dropping 7 positions to a rank of 76. The unfolding Petrobras scandal brought people into the streets in 2015 and the start of judicial process may help Brazil stop corruption.

Good news stories on the fight against corruption can be found on our website here about Mongolia, here on Guatemala and here on whistleblowing and include successes from our network of more than 100 chapters.

The results

The index covers perceptions of public sector corruption in 168 countries.

Denmark took the top spot for the 2nd year running, with North Korea and Somalia the worst performers, scoring just 8 points each.

Top performers share key characteristics: high levels of press freedom; access to budget information so the public knows where money comes from and how it is spent; high levels of integrity among people in power; and judiciaries that don’t differentiate between rich and poor, and that are truly independent from other parts of government.

In addition to conflict and war, poor governance, weak public institutions like police and the judiciary, and a lack of independence in the media characterise the lowest ranked countries.

The big decliners in the past 4 years include Libya, Australia, Brazil, Spain and Turkey. The big improvers include Greece, Senegal and UK.
The Corruption Perceptions Index is based on expert opinions of public sector corruption. Countries’ scores can be helped by open government where the public can hold leaders to account, while a poor score is a sign of prevalent bribery, lack of punishment for corruption and public institutions that don’t respond to citizens’ needs.

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Most corrupt ranked in order.

RankCountry/territory2015 Score2014 Score2013 Score2012 Score
167Somalia8888
167Korea (North)8888
166Afghanistan111288
165Sudan12111113
163South Sudan151514N/A
163Angola15192322
161Iraq16161618
161Libya16181521
158Venezuela17192019
158Haiti17191919
158Guinea-Bissau17191925
154Syria18201726
154Yemen18191823
154Turkmenistan18171717
154Eritrea18182025
153Uzbekistan19181717
150Zimbabwe21212120
150Cambodia21212022
150Burundi21202119
147Democratic Republic of the Congo22222221
147Myanmar22212115
147Chad22221919
146Congo Republic23232226
145Central African Republic24242526
139Uganda25262629
139Laos25252621
139Kenya25252727
139Guinea25252424
139Bangladesh25252726
139Papua New Guinea25252525
136Nigeria26272527
136Tajikistan26232222
136Comoros26262828
130Ukraine27262526
130Paraguay27242425
130Nicaragua27282829
130Nepal27293127
130Iran27272528
130Cameroon27272526
123Timor-Leste28283033
123Madagascar28282832
123Lebanon28272830
123Kyrgyzstan28272424
123Kazakhstan28292628
123Guatemala28322933
123Gambia28292834
119Sierra Leone29313031
119Russia29272828
119Azerbaijan29292827
119Guyana29302728
117Pakistan30292827
117Tanzania30313335
112Mozambique31313031
112Mauritania31303031
112Malawi31333737
112Honduras31292628
112Vietnam31313131
107Ecuador32333532
107Cote d’Ivoire32322729
107Belarus32312931
107Argentina32343435
107Togo32292930
103Moldova33353536
103Kosovo33333334
103Ethiopia33333333
103Dominican Republic33322932
99Niger34353433
99Djibouti34343636
99Bolivia34353434
99Gabon34373435
95Philippines35383634
95Mexico35353434
95Mali35322834
95Armenia35373634
88Suriname36363637
88Peru36383838
88Morocco36393737
88Indonesia36343232
88Egypt36373232
88Algeria36363634
88Albania36333133
83Colombia37373636
83Benin37393636
83China37364039
83Sri Lanka37383740
83Liberia37373841
76Zambia38383837
76Tunisia38404141
76India38383636
76Burkina Faso38383838
76Brazil38434243
76Bosnia and Herzegovina38394242
76Thailand38383537
72Panama39373538
72El Salvador39393838
72Trinidad and Tobago39383839
72Mongolia39393836
71Serbia40414239
69Jamaica41383838
69Bulgaria41434141
66Turkey42455049
66The FYR of Macedonia42454443
66Sao Tome and Principe42424242
61Senegal44434136
61Montenegro44424441
61Lesotho44494945
61Italy44434342
61South Africa44444243
60Oman45454747
58Romania46434344
58Greece46434036
56Cuba47464648
56Ghana47484645
55Kuwait49444344
54Malaysia50525049
50Hungary51545455
50Croatia51484846
50Bahrain51494851
50Slovakia51504746
48Georgia52524952
48Saudi Arabia52494644
45Namibia53494848
45Mauritius53545257
45Jordan53494548
44Rwanda54495353
40Seychelles55555452
40Latvia55555349
40Costa Rica55545354
40Cape Verde55575860
37Malta56555657
37Korea (South)56555556
37Czech Republic56514849
36Spain58605965
35Slovenia60585761
32Israel61606160
32Cyprus61636366
32Lithuania61585754
30Taiwan62616161
30Poland62616058
28Portugal63636263
28Botswana63636465
27Bhutan65656363
23United Arab Emirates70706968
23France70697171
23Estonia70696864
23Chile70737172
22Qatar71696868
21Uruguay74737372
18Japan75767474
18Hong Kong75747577
18Ireland75747269
16United States76747373
16Austria76726969
15Belgium77767575
13Iceland79797882
13Australia79808185
10United Kingdom81787674
10Luxembourg81828080
10Germany81797879
9Canada83818184
8Singapore85848687
7Switzerland86868586
5Norway87868685
5Netherlands87838384
4New Zealand88919190
3Sweden89878988
2Finland90898990
1Denmark91929190

Table Source: Transparency International.