Most Corrupt Countries 2019

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 10 most corrupt countries according to the CPI are:

  1. Somalia (Corruption Perception Index Score: 9)
  2. South Sudan (Corruption Perception Index Score: 12)
  3. Syria (Corruption Perception Index Score: 14)
  4. Afghanistan (Corruption Perception Index Score: 15)
  5. Yemen (Corruption Perception Index Score: 16)
  6. Sudan (Corruption Perception Index Score: 16)
  7. Libya (Corruption Perception Index Score: 17)
  8. North Korea (Corruption Perception Index Score: 17)
  9. Venezuela (Corruption Perception Index Score: 18)
  10. Iraq (Corruption Perception Index Score: 18)

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:

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