Most Corrupt Countries 2020

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Not all governments are looking out for the best interests of their citizens. 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, data can be used to rank countries that are seen as the most corrupt. For instance, the Corruption Perceptions Index, which was initially 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. This survey reports 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: 13)
  4. Yemen (Corruption Perception Index Score: 15)
  5. Afghanistan (Corruption Perception Index Score: 16)
  6. Equatorial Guinea (Corruption Perception Index Score: 16)
  7. Sudan (Corruption Perception Index Score: 16)
  8. Venezuela (Corruption Perception Index Score: 16)
  9. North Korea (Corruption Perception Index Score: 17)
  10. Democratic Republic of the Congo (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

On the other hand, the least corrupt countries are New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, and Finland.

Most Corrupt Countries 2020

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Most Corrupt Countries 2020

Country Corruption Score Population 2020
New Zealand874,822,233
Denmark875,792,202
Finland865,540,720
Singapore855,850,342
Switzerland858,654,622
Sweden8510,099,265
Norway845,421,241
Netherlands8217,134,872
Luxembourg80625,978
Germany8083,783,942
Iceland78341,243
Austria779,006,398
Australia7725,499,884
Canada7737,742,154
United Kingdom7767,886,011
Hong Kong767,496,981
Belgium7511,589,623
Estonia741,326,535
Ireland744,937,786
Japan73126,476,461
Uruguay713,473,730
United Arab Emirates719,890,402
France6965,273,511
Bhutan68771,608
Chile6719,116,201
Seychelles6698,347
Taiwan6523,816,775
Bahamas64393,244
Barbados62287,375
Qatar622,881,053
Portugal6210,196,709
Spain6246,754,778
Botswana612,351,627
Slovenia602,078,938
Lithuania602,722,289
Israel608,655,535
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines59110,940
South Korea5951,269,185
Cyprus581,207,359
Poland5837,846,611
Latvia561,886,198
Georgia563,989,167
Costa Rica565,094,118
Dominica5571,986
Saint Lucia55183,627
Malta54441,543
Grenada53112,523
Rwanda5312,952,218
Malaysia5332,365,999
Italy5360,461,826
Mauritius521,271,768
Namibia522,540,905
Oman525,106,626
Slovakia505,459,642
Jordan4810,203,134
Greece4810,423,054
Cuba4811,326,616
Croatia474,105,267
Sao Tome And Principe46219,159
Vanuatu46307,145
Montenegro45628,066
Belarus459,449,323
Senegal4516,743,927
Argentina4545,195,774
Suriname44586,632
Hungary449,660,351
Romania4419,237,691
South Africa4459,308,690
Jamaica432,961,167
Bulgaria436,948,445
Tunisia4311,818,619
Solomon Islands42686,884
Bahrain421,701,575
Armenia422,963,243
Benin4112,123,200
Ghana4131,072,940
Morocco4136,910,560
India411,380,004,385
China411,439,323,776
Guyana40786,552
Trinidad And Tobago401,399,488
Lesotho402,142,249
Kuwait404,270,571
Burkina Faso4020,903,273
Indonesia40273,523,615
Serbia398,737,371
Turkey3984,339,067
Timor Leste381,318,445
Ecuador3817,643,054
Sri Lanka3821,413,249
Gambia372,416,668
Colombia3750,882,891
Tanzania3759,734,218
Vietnam3797,338,579
Ethiopia37114,963,588
Bosnia And Herzegovina363,280,819
Panama364,314,767
Peru3632,971,854
Thailand3669,799,978
Albania352,877,797
Mongolia353,278,290
Ivory Coast3526,378,274
Algeria3543,851,044
Egypt35102,334,404
Brazil35212,559,417
El Salvador346,486,205
Zambia3418,383,955
Kazakhstan3418,776,707
Nepal3429,136,808
Philippines34109,581,078
Sierra Leone337,976,983
Moldova324,033,963
Niger3224,206,644
Pakistan32220,892,340
Gabon312,225,734
Bolivia3111,673,021
Malawi3119,129,952
Djibouti30988,000
Kyrgyzstan306,524,195
Azerbaijan3010,139,177
Ukraine3043,733,762
Maldives29540,544
Laos297,275,560
Togo298,278,724
Guinea2913,132,795
Mali2920,250,833
Myanmar2954,409,800
Mexico29128,932,753
Mauritania284,649,658
Liberia285,057,681
Lebanon286,825,445
Paraguay287,132,538
Papua New Guinea288,947,024
Dominican Republic2810,847,910
Uganda2845,741,007
Kenya2853,771,296
Russia28145,934,462
Honduras269,904,607
Mozambique2631,255,435
Angola2632,866,272
Iran2683,992,949
Nigeria26206,139,589
Comoros25869,601
Central African Republic254,829,767
Tajikistan259,537,645
Zimbabwe2514,862,924
Cameroon2526,545,863
Uzbekistan2533,469,203
Madagascar2427,691,018
Eritrea233,546,421
Nicaragua226,624,554
Chad2016,425,864
Cambodia2016,718,965
Iraq2040,222,493
Turkmenistan196,031,200
Burundi1911,890,784
Guinea Bissau181,968,001
Libya186,871,292
Haiti1811,402,528
North Korea1725,778,816
Equatorial Guinea161,402,985
Venezuela1628,435,940
Afghanistan1638,928,346
Sudan1643,849,260
Yemen1529,825,964
Syria1317,500,658
South Sudan1211,193,725
Somalia915,893,222