Most Corrupt Countries 2021

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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 2021

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Most Corrupt Countries 2021

Country Corruption Score 2021 Population
New Zealand874,860,643
Denmark875,813,298
Finland865,548,360
Singapore855,896,686
Switzerland858,715,494
Sweden8510,160,169
Norway845,465,630
Netherlands8217,173,099
Luxembourg80634,814
Germany8083,900,473
Iceland78343,353
Austria779,043,070
Australia7725,788,215
Canada7738,067,903
United Kingdom7768,207,116
Hong Kong767,552,810
Belgium7511,632,326
Estonia741,325,185
Ireland744,982,907
Japan73126,050,804
Uruguay713,485,151
United Arab Emirates719,991,089
France6965,426,179
Bhutan68779,898
Chile6719,212,361
Seychelles6698,908
Taiwan6523,855,010
Bahamas64396,913
Barbados62287,711
Qatar622,930,528
Portugal6210,167,925
Spain6246,745,216
Botswana612,397,241
Slovenia602,078,724
Lithuania602,689,862
Israel608,789,774
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines59111,263
South Korea5951,305,186
Cyprus581,215,584
Poland5837,797,005
Latvia561,866,942
Georgia563,979,765
Costa Rica565,139,052
Dominica5572,167
Saint Lucia55184,400
Malta54442,784
Grenada53113,021
Rwanda5313,276,513
Malaysia5332,776,194
Italy5360,367,477
Mauritius521,273,433
Namibia522,587,344
Oman525,223,375
Slovakia505,460,721
Jordan4810,269,021
Greece4810,370,744
Cuba4811,317,505
Croatia474,081,651
Sao Tome And Principe46223,368
Vanuatu46314,464
Montenegro45628,053
Belarus459,442,862
Senegal4517,196,301
Argentina4545,605,826
Suriname44591,800
Hungary449,634,164
Romania4419,127,774
South Africa4460,041,994
Jamaica432,973,463
Bulgaria436,896,663
Tunisia4311,935,766
Solomon Islands42703,996
Bahrain421,748,296
Armenia422,968,127
Benin4112,451,040
Ghana4131,732,129
Morocco4137,344,795
India411,393,409,038
China411,444,216,107
Guyana40790,326
Trinidad And Tobago401,403,375
Lesotho402,159,079
Kuwait404,328,550
Burkina Faso4021,497,096
Indonesia40276,361,783
Serbia398,697,550
Turkey3985,042,738
Timor Leste381,343,873
Ecuador3817,888,475
Sri Lanka3821,497,310
Gambia372,486,945
Colombia3751,265,844
Tanzania3761,498,437
Vietnam3798,168,833
Ethiopia37117,876,227
Bosnia And Herzegovina363,263,466
Panama364,381,579
Peru3633,359,418
Thailand3669,950,850
North Macedonia352,082,658
Albania352,872,933
Mongolia353,329,289
Ivory Coast3527,053,629
Algeria3544,616,624
Egypt35104,258,327
Brazil35213,993,437
Eswatini341,172,362
El Salvador346,518,499
Zambia3418,920,651
Kazakhstan3418,994,962
Nepal3429,674,920
Philippines34111,046,913
Sierra Leone338,141,343
Moldova324,024,019
Niger3225,130,817
Pakistan32225,199,937
Gabon312,278,825
Bolivia3111,832,940
Malawi3119,647,684
Djibouti301,002,187
Kyrgyzstan306,628,356
Azerbaijan3010,223,342
Ukraine3043,466,819
Maldives29543,617
Laos297,379,358
Togo298,478,250
Guinea2913,497,244
Mali2920,855,735
Myanmar2954,806,012
Mexico29130,262,216
Mauritania284,775,119
Liberia285,180,203
Lebanon286,769,146
Paraguay287,219,638
Papua New Guinea289,119,010
Dominican Republic2810,953,703
Uganda2847,123,531
Kenya2854,985,698
Russia28145,912,025
Honduras2610,062,991
Mozambique2632,163,047
Angola2633,933,610
Iran2685,028,759
Nigeria26211,400,708
Comoros25888,451
Central African Republic254,919,981
Tajikistan259,749,627
Zimbabwe2515,092,171
Cameroon2527,224,265
Uzbekistan2533,935,763
Madagascar2428,427,328
Eritrea233,601,467
Nicaragua226,702,385
Chad2016,914,985
Cambodia2016,946,438
Iraq2041,179,350
Turkmenistan196,117,924
Burundi1912,255,433
Guinea Bissau182,015,494
Libya186,958,532
Haiti1811,541,685
North Korea1725,887,041
Equatorial Guinea161,449,896
Venezuela1628,704,954
Afghanistan1639,835,428
Sudan1644,909,353
Yemen1530,490,640
Syria1318,275,702
South Sudan1211,381,378
Somalia916,359,504

Most Corrupt Countries 2021