Most Corrupt Countries

Not all governments are looking out for the best interests of their citizens. In fact, many countries have been caught up in political scandals and corruption. Some have even had such a history of corruption, that it has caused political unrest against its citizens.

While there isn’t a surefire way to measure corruption within a nation, there are data that can be used to rank countries that are seen as the most corrupt. For instance, the Corruption Perceptions Index, which was originally launched in 1995, uses expert assessments and opinion surveys to determine how corrupt a country is. The CPI defines corruption as “the misuse of public power for private benefit.”

Through this report, 180 countries are ranked on a scale from 0 to 100. The lower the score, the more corrupt a country is perceived to be.

As of October 2018, the 2017 report was the latest to be released. It was released on February 21, 2018. Through this survey, it is reported that Somalia is the most corrupt country in the world, receiving a score of just 9 out of 100.

South Sudan isn’t too far behind. It is the second-most corrupt country in the world with a score of 12 out of 100. Rounding out the top three is Syria, with a score of 14 out of 100.

The top 25 most corrupt countries according to the PCI are:

However, there are other surveys available that provide different rankings. The 2018 Best Countries rankings from U.S. News and World Report takes a look at survey data from over 21,000 citizens. Eighty countries are featured on this list. This survey shows that Nigeria is seen as the most corrupt nation. Colombia and Pakistan round out the top three.

The top 10 most corrupt nations according to the 2018 U.S. News and World Report rankings are:

Flag Name Area Population 2018 Growth Rate
Sudan1,886,068 km²41,511,5262.41%
Iraq438,317 km²39,339,7532.78%
Afghanistan652,230 km²36,373,1762.37%
Venezuela916,445 km²32,381,2211.26%
Angola1,246,700 km²30,774,2053.32%
Yemen527,968 km²28,915,2842.35%
Madagascar587,041 km²26,262,8102.71%
North Korea120,538 km²25,610,6720.47%
Syria185,180 km²18,284,4070.08%
Zimbabwe390,757 km²16,913,2612.32%
Cambodia181,035 km²16,245,7291.50%
Chad1,284,000 km²15,353,1843.04%
Somalia637,657 km²15,181,9252.98%
South Sudan619,745 km²12,919,0532.73%
Burundi27,834 km²11,216,4503.24%
Haiti27,750 km²11,112,9451.20%
Tajikistan143,100 km²9,107,2112.08%
Libya1,759,540 km²6,470,9561.51%
Turkmenistan488,100 km²5,851,4661.62%
Eritrea117,600 km²5,187,9482.35%
Central African Republic622,984 km²4,737,4231.68%
Guinea Bissau36,125 km²1,907,2682.47%
Equatorial Guinea28,051 km²1,313,8943.64%