Least Corrupt Countries 2022

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Corruption is a term used to describe dishonest or fraudulent behavior by someone in power. When applied on a national scale, "corruption" refers to government leaders who abuse their power, take bribes, or commit fraud or other disreputable acts to increase their own wealth and/or power instead of helping the people they are meant to serve. Corruption is an unfortunate reality in many nations around the world, especially low-income countries, developing countries, and least developed countries, which have fewer checks and balances on their rulers' powers. While there is no single data indicator that directly measures corruption in a nation, many indicators offer indirect-but-accurate evidence of the presence or absence of corruption.

Corruption Perceptions Index

One of the most comprehensive and trusted measures of corruption around the world is the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which is published annually by Transparency International. The 2021 CPI gave 180 countries a score of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean) based upon their perceived levels of public sector corruption. As in previous years, more than two-thirds of the world's countries scored below 50 in the 2021 rankings, resulting in an average score of 43 for the tenth year in a row. The top ten least corrupt appear below, followed by the full list further down the page.

Top 10 Least Corrupt Countries in the World (CPI 2021)

  1. (tie) Denmark - 88
  2. (tie) Finland - 88
  3. (tie) New Zealand - 88
  4. (tie) Norway - 85
  5. (tie) Singapore - 85
  6. (tie) Sweden - 85
  7. Switzerland - 84
  8. Netherlands - 82
  9. Luxembourg - 81
  10. Germany - 80

The list of least corrupt countries often includes many of the same countries as would a list of the most developed or high income countries. On the other end of the spectrum are the most corrupt countries in the world, such as South Sudan, Syria, Somalia, and Venezuela. As previously mentioned, these tend to also be low-income countries, developing countries, or least developed countries.

Least Corrupt Countries 2022

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Least Corrupt Countries 2022

Note: List includes many tie rankings. For example, three countries tied for the top ranking. To accomodate this, the list awards three first-place rankings, then skips second and third place and resumes at fourth place.
Country CPI score 2021 CPI rank 2021 2022 Population
Denmark8815,834,950
Finland8815,554,960
New Zealand8814,898,203
Sweden85410,218,971
Singapore8545,943,546
Norway8545,511,370
Switzerland8478,773,637
Netherlands82817,211,447
Luxembourg819642,371
Germany801083,883,596
United Kingdom781168,497,907
Hong Kong76127,604,299
Canada741338,388,419
Austria74139,066,710
Ireland74135,020,199
Estonia74131,321,910
Iceland7413345,393
Japan7318125,584,838
Australia731826,068,792
Belgium731811,668,278
Uruguay73183,496,016
France712265,584,518
Seychelles702399,426
United Arab Emirates692410,081,785
Taiwan682523,888,595
Bhutan6825787,941
United States6727334,805,269
Chile672719,250,195
Barbados6529288,023
Bahamas6430400,516
Qatar63312,979,915
South Korea623251,329,899
Portugal623210,140,570
Spain613446,719,142
Lithuania61342,661,708
Israel59368,922,892
Latvia59361,848,837
Saint Vincent And the Grenadines5936111,551
Costa Rica58395,182,354
Slovenia57412,078,034
Italy564260,262,770
Poland564237,739,785
Saint Lucia5642185,113
Georgia55453,968,738
Botswana55452,441,162
Fiji5545909,466
Dominica554572,344
Czech Republic544910,736,784
Mauritius54491,274,727
Malta5449444,033
Saudi Arabia535235,844,909
Rwanda535213,600,464
Cyprus53521,223,387
Grenada5352113,475
Slovakia52565,460,193
Oman52565,323,993
Greece495810,316,637
Jordan495810,300,869
Armenia49582,971,966
Namibia49582,633,874
Malaysia486233,181,072
Croatia47634,059,286
Cuba466411,305,652
Montenegro4664627,950
China45661,448,471,400
Romania456619,031,335
Vanuatu4566321,832
Sao Tome And Principe4566227,679
South Africa447060,756,135
Tunisia447012,046,656
Jamaica44702,985,094
Ghana437332,395,450
Senegal437317,653,671
Hungary43739,606,259
Kuwait43734,380,326
Solomon Islands4373721,159
Burkina Faso427822,102,838
Benin427812,784,726
Bulgaria42786,844,597
Bahrain42781,783,983
Belarus41829,432,800
Trinidad And Tobago41821,406,585
Timor Leste41821,369,429
India40851,406,631,776
Maldives4085540,985
Ethiopia3987120,812,698
Vietnam398798,953,541
Tanzania398763,298,550
Colombia398751,512,762
Morocco398737,772,756
North Macedonia39872,081,304
Guyana3987794,045
Suriname3987596,831
Indonesia3896279,134,505
Brazil3896215,353,593
Turkey389685,561,976
Argentina389646,010,234
Serbia38968,653,016
Lesotho38962,175,699
Sri Lanka3710221,575,842
Kazakhstan3710219,205,043
Gambia371022,558,482
Peru3610533,684,208
Ivory Coast3610527,742,298
Ecuador3610518,113,361
Panama361054,446,964
Moldova361054,013,171
Thailand3511070,078,203
Malawi3511020,180,839
Mongolia351103,378,078
Bosnia And Herzegovina351103,249,317
Albania351102,866,374
Sierra Leone341158,306,436
El Salvador341156,550,389
Philippines33117112,508,994
Egypt33117106,156,692
Algeria3311745,350,148
Nepal3311730,225,582
Zambia3311719,470,234
Ukraine3212243,192,122
Eswatini321221,184,817
Mexico31124131,562,772
Niger3112426,083,660
Papua New Guinea311249,292,169
Gabon311242,331,533
Kenya3012856,215,221
Bolivia3012811,992,656
Dominican Republic3012811,056,370
Azerbaijan3012810,300,205
Togo301288,680,837
Laos301287,481,023
Paraguay301287,305,843
Djibouti301281,016,097
Russia29136145,805,947
Angola2913635,027,343
Mali2913621,473,764
Liberia291365,305,117
Pakistan28140229,488,994
Myanmar2814055,227,143
Uzbekistan2814034,382,084
Mauritania281404,901,981
Uganda2714448,432,863
Cameroon2714427,911,548
Kyrgyzstan271446,728,271
Bangladesh26147167,885,689
Mozambique2614733,089,461
Madagascar2614729,178,077
Iran2515086,022,837
Guatemala2515018,584,039
Guinea2515013,865,691
Tajikistan251509,957,464
Nigeria24154216,746,934
Lebanon241546,684,849
Central African Republic241545,016,678
Iraq2315742,164,965
Cambodia2315717,168,639
Zimbabwe2315715,331,428
Honduras2315710,221,247
Eritrea221613,662,244
Sudan2016445,992,020
Chad2016417,413,580
Haiti2016411,680,283
Nicaragua201646,779,100
Comoros20164907,419
DR Congo1916995,240,792
Burundi1916912,624,840
Turkmenistan191696,201,943
Libya171727,040,745
Equatorial Guinea171721,496,662
Afghanistan1617440,754,388
Yemen1617431,154,867
North Korea1617425,990,679
Venezuela1417729,266,991
Syria1317819,364,809
Somalia1317816,841,795
South Sudan1118011,618,511

Least Corrupt Countries 2022

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