Most Corrupt Countries 2020

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 2020
Somalia1801015,893,222
Syria1781317,500,658
South Sudan1781311,193,725
Yemen1761429,825,964
North Korea1761425,778,816
Sudan1721643,849,260
Afghanistan1721638,928,346
Libya170176,871,292
Burundi1701711,890,784
Venezuela1681828,435,940
Iraq1681840,222,493
Angola1651932,866,272
Republic Of The Congo165195,518,087
Chad1651916,425,864
Turkmenistan161206,031,200
Haiti1612011,402,528
Cambodia1612016,718,965
Zimbabwe1602214,862,924
Uzbekistan1582333,469,203
Mozambique1582331,255,435
Eritrea157243,546,421
Tajikistan152259,537,645
Nicaragua152256,624,554
Madagascar1522527,691,018
Azerbaijan1522510,139,177
Cameroon1522526,545,863
Uganda1492645,741,007
Bangladesh14926164,689,383
Central African Republic149264,829,767
Nigeria14427206,139,589
Mauritania144274,649,658
Kenya1442753,771,296
Guatemala1442717,915,568
Comoros14427869,601
Russia13828145,934,462
Guinea Bissau138281,968,001
Papua New Guinea138288,947,024
Mexico13828128,932,753
Lebanon138286,825,445
Iran1382883,992,949
Guinea1382813,132,795
Bolivia1322911,673,021
Paraguay132297,132,538
Laos132297,275,560
Kyrgyzstan132296,524,195
Honduras132299,904,607
Myanmar1322954,409,800
Togo129308,278,724
Sierra Leone129307,976,983
Dominican Republic1293010,847,910
Maldives12431540,544
Kazakhstan1243118,776,707
Djibouti12431988,000
Ukraine1203243,733,762
Mali1203220,250,833
Malawi1203219,129,952
Liberia120325,057,681
Vietnam1173397,338,579
Pakistan11733220,892,340
Moldova117334,033,963
Niger1143424,206,644
Ethiopia11434114,963,588
Ecuador1143417,643,054
Zambia1053518,383,955
Egypt10535102,334,404
Brazil10535212,559,417
Peru1053532,971,854
Armenia105352,963,243
Ivory Coast1053526,378,274
El Salvador105356,486,205
Algeria1053543,851,044
Tanzania993659,734,218
Albania99362,877,797
Thailand993669,799,978
Philippines9936109,581,078
Bahrain99361,701,575
Colombia993650,882,891
Macedonia93372,083,374
Panama93374,314,767
Mongolia93373,278,290
Guyana9337786,552
Gambia93372,416,668
Indonesia8938273,523,615
Sri Lanka893821,413,249
Bosnia And Herzegovina88383,280,819
Serbia87398,737,371
China87391,439,323,776
Argentina854045,195,774
Benin854012,123,200
Burkina Faso784120,903,273
Turkey784184,339,067
Trinidad And Tobago78411,399,488
Lesotho78412,142,249
Kuwait78414,270,571
India78411,380,004,385
Ghana784131,072,940
Bulgaria77426,948,445
Tunisia734311,818,619
Suriname7343586,632
South Africa734359,308,690
Morocco734336,910,560
Solomon Islands7044686,884
Jamaica70442,961,167
Senegal674516,743,927
Montenegro6745628,066
Greece674510,423,054
Hungary64469,660,351
Romania614719,237,691
Malaysia614732,365,999
Cuba614711,326,616
Croatia60484,105,267
Saudi Arabia584934,813,871
Jordan584910,203,134
Slovakia57505,459,642
Mauritius56511,271,768
Oman53525,106,626
Grenada5352112,523
Namibia52532,540,905
Malta5154441,543
Saint Lucia5055183,627
Rwanda485612,952,218
Costa Rica48565,094,118
South Korea455751,269,185
Dominica455771,986
Cape Verde4557555,987
Spain415846,754,778
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines4158110,940
Latvia41581,886,198
Georgia41583,989,167
Lithuania38592,722,289
Czech Republic385910,708,981
Cyprus38591,207,359
Slovenia36602,078,938
Poland366037,846,611
Botswana34612,351,627
Israel34618,655,535
Qatar33622,881,053
Brunei3163437,479
Taiwan316323,816,775
Portugal306410,196,709
Bahamas2965393,244
Chile276719,116,201
Bhutan2568771,608
Barbados2568287,375
Uruguay23703,473,730
United Arab Emirates23709,890,402
United States2271331,002,651
France217265,273,511
Japan1873126,476,461
Ireland18734,937,786
Estonia18731,326,535
Belgium177511,589,623
Austria14769,006,398
Iceland1476341,243
Hong Kong14767,496,981
Australia137725,499,884
United Kingdom118067,886,011
Germany118083,783,942
Luxembourg981625,978
Canada98137,742,154
Netherlands88217,134,872
Norway7845,421,241
Gabon4312,225,734
Sweden38510,099,265
Singapore3855,850,342
Finland3855,540,720
New Zealand2874,822,233
Denmark1885,792,202