Least Corrupt Countries 2019

Corruption is defined as dishonest or fraudulent behavior by someone in power. When talking about corruption in nations, this means that the government or other national leaders are corrupt, taking bribes, engaging in fraud, and being dishonest with the people the nation.

This is an unfortunate reality in many nations around the world. While there isn’t an exact way to measure corruption in a nation, there are several studies, reports, and other data that can be used to determine where corruption is most and least prevalent.

One of the best measures of corruption around the world is the Corruption Perceptions Index, which is published by Transparency International. As of November 2018, the latest report was published based on data from 2017. In this report, 180 countries were ranked and given a score out of 100 points. The nation’s that scored the highest were deemed the least corrupt.

At the top of the list is New Zealand, which received a score of 89 out of 100. Coming in right behind this nation as the second least corrupt was Denmark with a score of 88. There was a three-way tie for third place, with Norway, Switzerland, and Finland each scoring 85 out of 100 points.

Other nations that were ranked as the least corrupt are:

Flag Country Corruption Rank Corruption Score Population 2019
Denmark1885,771,876
New Zealand2874,783,063
Finland3855,532,156
Singapore3855,804,337
Sweden38510,036,379
Gabon4312,172,579
Norway7845,378,857
Netherlands88217,097,130
Canada98137,411,047
Luxembourg981615,729
Germany118083,517,045
United Kingdom118067,530,172
Australia137725,203,198
Hong Kong14767,436,154
Iceland1476339,031
Austria14768,955,102
Belgium177511,539,328
Estonia18731,325,648
Ireland18734,882,495
Japan1873126,860,301
France217265,129,728
United States2271329,064,917
United Arab Emirates23709,770,529
Uruguay23703,461,734
Barbados2568287,025
Bhutan2568763,092
Chile276718,952,038
Bahamas2965389,482
Portugal306410,226,187
Taiwan316323,773,876
Brunei3163433,285
Qatar33622,832,067
Israel34618,519,377
Botswana34612,303,697
Poland366037,887,768
Slovenia36602,078,654
Cyprus38591,198,575
Czech Republic385910,689,209
Lithuania38592,759,627
Georgia41583,996,765
Latvia41581,906,743
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines4158110,589
Spain415846,736,776
Cape Verde4557549,935
Dominica455771,808
South Korea455751,225,308
Costa Rica48565,047,561
Rwanda485612,626,950
Saint Lucia5055182,790
Malta5154440,372
Namibia52532,494,530
Grenada5352112,003
Oman53524,974,986
Mauritius56511,269,668
Slovakia57505,457,013
Jordan584910,101,694
Saudi Arabia584934,268,528
Croatia60484,130,304
Cuba614711,333,483
Malaysia614731,949,777
Romania614719,364,557
Hungary64469,684,679
Greece674510,473,455
Montenegro6745627,987
Senegal674516,296,364
Jamaica70442,948,279
Solomon Islands7044669,823
Morocco734336,471,769
South Africa734358,558,270
Suriname7343581,372
Tunisia734311,694,719
Bulgaria77427,000,119
Ghana784130,417,856
India78411,366,417,754
Kuwait78414,207,083
Lesotho78412,125,268
Trinidad And Tobago78411,394,973
Turkey784183,429,615
Burkina Faso784120,321,378
Benin854011,801,151
Argentina854044,780,677
China87391,433,783,686
Serbia87398,772,235
Bosnia And Herzegovina88383,301,000
Sri Lanka893821,323,733
Indonesia8938270,625,568
Gambia93372,347,706
Guyana9337782,766
Mongolia93373,225,167
Panama93374,246,439
Macedonia93372,083,459
Colombia993650,339,443
Bahrain99361,641,172
Philippines9936108,116,615
Thailand993669,625,582
Albania99362,880,917
Tanzania993658,005,463
Algeria1053543,053,054
El Salvador105356,453,553
Ivory Coast1053525,716,544
Armenia105352,957,731
Peru1053532,510,453
Brazil10535211,049,527
Egypt10535100,388,073
Zambia1053517,861,030
Ecuador1143417,373,662
Ethiopia11434112,078,730
Niger1143423,310,715
Moldova117334,043,263
Pakistan11733216,565,318
Vietnam1173396,462,106
Liberia120324,937,374
Malawi1203218,628,747
Mali1203219,658,031
Ukraine1203243,993,638
Djibouti12431973,560
Kazakhstan1243118,551,427
Maldives12431530,953
Dominican Republic1293010,738,958
Sierra Leone129307,813,215
Togo129308,082,366
Myanmar1322954,045,420
Honduras132299,746,117
Kyrgyzstan132296,415,850
Laos132297,169,455
Paraguay132297,044,636
Bolivia1322911,513,100
Guinea1382812,771,246
Iran1382882,913,906
Lebanon138286,855,713
Mexico13828127,575,529
Papua New Guinea138288,776,109
Guinea Bissau138281,920,922
Russia13828145,872,256
Comoros14427850,886
Guatemala1442717,581,472
Kenya1442752,573,973
Mauritania144274,525,696
Nigeria14427200,963,599
Central African Republic149264,745,185
Bangladesh14926163,046,161
Uganda1492644,269,594
Cameroon1522525,876,380
Azerbaijan1522510,047,718
Madagascar1522526,969,307
Nicaragua152256,545,502
Tajikistan152259,321,018
Eritrea157243,497,117
Mozambique1582330,366,036
Uzbekistan1582332,981,716
Zimbabwe1602214,645,468
Cambodia1612016,486,542
Haiti1612011,263,077
Turkmenistan161205,942,089
Chad1651915,946,876
Republic Of The Congo165195,380,508
Angola1651931,825,295
Iraq1681839,309,783
Venezuela1681828,515,829
Burundi1701711,530,580
Libya170176,777,452
Afghanistan1721638,041,754
Sudan1721642,813,238
North Korea1761425,666,161
Yemen1761429,161,922
South Sudan1781311,062,113
Syria1781317,070,135
Somalia1801015,442,905