Least Corrupt Countries 2021

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Corruption is defined as dishonest or fraudulent behavior by someone in power. When talking about corruption in nations, the government or other national leaders are corrupt, taking bribes, engaging in fraud, and being dishonest with the people of the nation. Unfortunately, corruption is relatively more common in low-income countries.

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

Corruptions Percepations Index

One of the best measures of corruption around the world is the Corruption Perceptions Index, which is published by Transparency International. In this report, 180 countries were ranked and given a score out of 100 points based on their perceived levesl of public sector corruption. The nations that scored the highest were deemed the least corrupt. Numbers in this article are from their 2020 rankings.

As in prevous years, more than two-thirds of the world's countries scored below 50 on the most recent rankings. The average score is 43.

At the top of the list is New Zealand and Denmark, which both received a score of 88 out of 100. Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, and Singapore follow with scores of 85.

Other nations that were ranked as the least corrupt are:

Least Corrupt Countries 2021

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Least Corrupt Countries 2021

Country Corruption Rank Corruption Score 2021 Population
Denmark1885,813,298
New Zealand1884,860,643
Sweden38510,160,169
Switzerland3858,715,494
Singapore3855,896,686
Finland3855,548,360
Norway7845,465,630
Netherlands88217,173,099
Germany98083,900,473
Luxembourg980634,814
United Kingdom117768,207,116
Canada117738,067,903
Australia117725,788,215
Hong Kong11777,552,810
Belgium157611,632,326
Austria15769,043,070
Estonia17751,325,185
Iceland1775343,353
Japan1974126,050,804
Ireland20724,982,907
United Arab Emirates21719,991,089
Uruguay21713,485,151
France236965,426,179
Bhutan2468779,898
United States2567332,915,073
Chile256719,212,361
Seychelles276698,908
Taiwan286523,855,010
Barbados2964287,711
Qatar30632,930,528
Bahamas3063396,913
Spain326246,745,216
South Korea336151,305,186
Portugal336110,167,925
Israel35608,789,774
Lithuania35602,689,862
Botswana35602,397,241
Slovenia35602,078,724
Brunei3560441,532
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines4059111,263
Costa Rica42575,139,052
Latvia42571,866,942
Cyprus42571,215,584
Poland455637,797,005
Georgia45563,979,765
Saint Lucia4556184,400
Dominica485572,167
Rwanda495413,276,513
Czech Republic495410,724,555
Oman49545,223,375
Italy525360,367,477
Saudi Arabia525335,340,683
Mauritius52531,273,433
Malta5253442,784
Grenada5253113,021
Malaysia575132,776,194
Namibia57512,587,344
Greece595010,370,744
Jordan604910,269,021
Slovakia60495,460,721
Armenia60492,968,127
Cuba634711,317,505
Belarus63479,442,862
Croatia63474,081,651
Sao Tome And Principe6347223,368
Senegal674517,196,301
Montenegro6745628,053
South Africa694460,041,994
Romania694419,127,774
Tunisia694411,935,766
Hungary69449,634,164
Bulgaria69446,896,663
Jamaica69442,973,463
Ghana754331,732,129
Maldives7543543,617
Vanuatu7543314,464
China78421,444,216,107
Argentina784245,605,826
Kuwait78424,328,550
Bahrain78421,748,296
Solomon Islands7842703,996
Benin834112,451,040
Lesotho83412,159,079
Guyana8341790,326
India86401,393,409,038
Turkey864085,042,738
Morocco864037,344,795
Burkina Faso864021,497,096
Trinidad And Tobago86401,403,375
Timor Leste86401,343,873
Colombia923951,265,844
Ecuador923917,888,475
Brazil9438213,993,437
Ethiopia9438117,876,227
Tanzania943861,498,437
Peru943833,359,418
Sri Lanka943821,497,310
Kazakhstan943818,994,962
Serbia94388,697,550
Suriname9438591,800
Indonesia10237276,361,783
Gambia102372,486,945
Vietnam1043698,168,833
Thailand1043669,950,850
Algeria1043644,616,624
Ivory Coast1043627,053,629
El Salvador104366,518,499
Albania104362,872,933
Panama111354,381,579
Mongolia111353,329,289
Bosnia And Herzegovina111353,263,466
North Macedonia111352,082,658
Philippines11534111,046,913
Moldova115344,024,019
Egypt11733104,258,327
Ukraine1173343,466,819
Nepal1173329,674,920
Zambia1173318,920,651
Sierra Leone117338,141,343
Eswatini117331,172,362
Niger1233225,130,817
Pakistan12431225,199,937
Mexico12431130,262,216
Kenya1243154,985,698
Bolivia1243111,832,940
Kyrgyzstan124316,628,356
Russia12930145,912,025
Mali1293020,855,735
Malawi1293019,647,684
Azerbaijan1293010,223,342
Gabon129302,278,825
Togo134298,478,250
Laos134297,379,358
Mauritania134294,775,119
Myanmar1372854,806,012
Guinea1372813,497,244
Dominican Republic1372810,953,703
Paraguay137287,219,638
Liberia137285,180,203
Uganda1422747,123,531
Angola1422733,933,610
Papua New Guinea142279,119,010
Djibouti142271,002,187
Nigeria14626211,400,708
Bangladesh14626166,303,498
Uzbekistan1462633,935,763
Central African Republic146264,919,981
Iran1492585,028,759
Mozambique1492532,163,047
Madagascar1492528,427,328
Cameroon1492527,224,265
Guatemala1492518,249,860
Tajikistan149259,749,627
Lebanon149256,769,146
Zimbabwe1572415,092,171
Honduras1572410,062,991
Nicaragua159226,702,385
Iraq1602141,179,350
Cambodia1602116,946,438
Chad1602116,914,985
Eritrea160213,601,467
Comoros16021888,451
Afghanistan1651939,835,428
Burundi1651912,255,433
Turkmenistan165196,117,924
Republic Of The Congo165195,657,013
Guinea Bissau165192,015,494
Dr Congo1701892,377,993
North Korea1701825,887,041
Haiti1701811,541,685
Libya173176,958,532
Sudan1741644,909,353
Equatorial Guinea174161,449,896
Yemen1761530,490,640
Venezuela1761528,704,954
Syria1781418,275,702
Somalia1791216,359,504
South Sudan1791211,381,378

Least Corrupt Countries 2021