Most Corrupt Countries 2022

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Not all governments operate with the best interests of their citizens as the top priority. People in power can have a hard time resisting the temptation to use that power for their own gain, and many public servants in many countries have been caught up in political scandals and corruption. In fact, some countries have such a history of corruption that it has caused political unrest between the country's government and its citizens.

Introducing the Corruption Perceptions Index

In an effort to shine a light on corruption and initiate changes for the better, the organization Transparency.org has created the Corruption Perceptions Index, which uses expert assessments and opinion surveys to rank countries based upon their perceived level of corruption. Initially launched in 1995, the CPI defines corruption as “the misuse of public power for private benefit.”

The 2021 CPI (released January 2022) ranked 180 countries on a scale from 0 to 100. The lower the score, the more corrupt a country is considered to be.

The Top 11 Most Corrupt Countries in the World (2020 Corruption Perceptions Index):

CPI score on a scale of most (0) to least (100) corrupt

  1. South Sudan - 11
  2. Somalia - 13 (tie)
  3. Syria - 13 (tie)
  4. Venezuela - 14
  5. Afghanistan - 16 (tie)
  6. North Korea - 16 (tie)
  7. Yemen - 16 (tie)
  8. Equatorial Guinea - 17 (tie)
  9. Libya - 17 (tie)
  10. Burundi - 19 (tie)
  11. Congo (Dem. Republic of) - 19 (tie)
  12. Turkmenistan - 19 (tie)

Although Somalia had been ranked as the most corrupt country in the world for successive years, the country has been making incremental improvements, scoring 9 in 2019, 12 in 2020, and 13 in 2021. Moving in the other direction is South Sudan, whose score drops from 12 in 2020 to 11 in 2021. This gives South Sudan sole possession of the top spot on the list of most corrupt countries in the world. Third place on the "most corrupt" list goes to Syria, with a score of 13 out of 100 (one lower than the previous year).

Ultimately, the average score on the 2021 CPI was 43/100 for the tenth year in a row, and 2/3 of countries scored lower than 50/100. Clearly, corruption—or at least the impression of it—continues to be a problem all over the world.

Alternate views on national corruption

However, other studies provide different rankings. The 2021 Best Countries rankings from U.S. News and World Report, BAV Group, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania surveyed more than 17,000 citizens all over the world. Of the 78 countries featured in the survey, Iraq was chosen as 2021's most corrupt nation. Colombia and Mexico slotted in second and third place.

Top 10 Most Corrupt Countries in the World (2021 Best Countries rankings):

  1. Iraq
  2. Colombia
  3. Mexico
  4. Brazil
  5. Russia
  6. Guatemala
  7. Kazakhstan
  8. Lebanon
  9. El Salvador
  10. Azerbaijan

What Are the Least Corrupt Countries in the World?

On the other hand, the CPI report's least corrupt countries for 2022 are New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Singapore.

Most Corrupt Countries 2022

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Most Corrupt Countries 2022

* Note: Lower scores denote higher corruption
Country Corruption Index 2021 Corruption Index 2020 2022 Population
Brunein/a60445,431
South Sudan111211,618,511
Syria131419,364,809
Somalia131216,841,795
Venezuela141529,266,991
Afghanistan161940,754,388
Yemen161531,154,867
North Korea161825,990,679
Libya17177,040,745
Equatorial Guinea17161,496,662
DR Congo191895,240,792
Burundi191912,624,840
Turkmenistan19196,201,943
Sudan201645,992,020
Chad202117,413,580
Haiti201811,680,283
Nicaragua20226,779,100
Comoros2021907,419
Republic of the Congo215,797,805
Guinea Bissau212,063,367
Eritrea22213,662,244
Iraq232142,164,965
Cambodia232117,168,639
Zimbabwe232415,331,428
Honduras232410,221,247
Nigeria2425216,746,934
Lebanon24256,684,849
Central African Republic24265,016,678
Iran252586,022,837
Guatemala252518,584,039
Guinea252813,865,691
Tajikistan25259,957,464
Bangladesh2626167,885,689
Mozambique262533,089,461
Madagascar262529,178,077
Uganda272748,432,863
Cameroon272527,911,548
Kyrgyzstan27316,728,271
Pakistan2831229,488,994
Myanmar282855,227,143
Uzbekistan282634,382,084
Mauritania28294,901,981
Russia2930145,805,947
Angola292735,027,343
Mali293021,473,764
Liberia29285,305,117
Kenya303156,215,221
Bolivia303111,992,656
Dominican Republic302811,056,370
Azerbaijan303010,300,205
Togo30298,680,837
Laos30297,481,023
Paraguay30287,305,843
Djibouti30271,016,097
Mexico3131131,562,772
Niger313226,083,660
Papua New Guinea31279,292,169
Gabon31302,331,533
Ukraine323343,192,122
Eswatini32331,184,817
Philippines3334112,508,994
Egypt3333106,156,692
Algeria333645,350,148
Nepal333330,225,582
Zambia333319,470,234
Sierra Leone34338,306,436
El Salvador34366,550,389
Thailand353670,078,203
Malawi353020,180,839
Mongolia35353,378,078
Bosnia And Herzegovina35353,249,317
Albania35362,866,374
Peru363833,684,208
Ivory Coast363627,742,298
Ecuador363918,113,361
Panama36354,446,964
Moldova36344,013,171
Sri Lanka373821,575,842
Kazakhstan373819,205,043
Gambia37372,558,482
Indonesia3837279,134,505
Brazil3838215,353,593
Turkey384085,561,976
Argentina384246,010,234
Serbia38388,653,016
Lesotho38412,175,699
Ethiopia3938120,812,698
Vietnam393698,953,541
Tanzania393863,298,550
Colombia393951,512,762
Morocco394037,772,756
North Macedonia39352,081,304
Guyana3941794,045
Suriname3938596,831
India40401,406,631,776
Maldives4043540,985
Belarus41479,432,800
Trinidad And Tobago41401,406,585
Timor Leste41401,369,429
Burkina Faso424022,102,838
Benin424112,784,726
Bulgaria42446,844,597
Bahrain42421,783,983
Ghana434332,395,450
Senegal434517,653,671
Hungary43449,606,259
Kuwait43424,380,326
Solomon Islands4342721,159
South Africa444460,756,135
Tunisia444412,046,656
Jamaica44442,985,094
China45421,448,471,400
Romania454419,031,335
Vanuatu4543321,832
Sao Tome And Principe4547227,679
Cuba464711,305,652
Montenegro4645627,950
Croatia47474,059,286
Malaysia485133,181,072
Greece495010,316,637
Jordan494910,300,869
Armenia49492,971,966
Namibia49512,633,874
Slovakia52495,460,193
Oman52545,323,993
Saudi Arabia535335,844,909
Rwanda535413,600,464
Cyprus53571,223,387
Grenada5353113,475
Czech Republic5410,736,784
Mauritius54531,274,727
Malta5453444,033
Georgia55563,968,738
Botswana55602,441,162
Fiji55909,466
Dominica555572,344
Italy565360,262,770
Poland565637,739,785
Saint Lucia5656185,113
Slovenia57602,078,034
Costa Rica58575,182,354
Israel59608,922,892
Latvia59571,848,837
Saint Vincent And the Grenadines5959111,551
Spain616246,719,142
Lithuania61602,661,708
South Korea626151,329,899
Portugal626110,140,570
Qatar63632,979,915
Bahamas6463400,516
Barbados6564288,023
United States6767334,805,269
Chile676719,250,195
Taiwan686523,888,595
Bhutan6868787,941
United Arab Emirates697110,081,785
Seychelles706699,426
France716965,584,518
Japan7374125,584,838
Australia737726,068,792
Belgium737611,668,278
Uruguay73713,496,016
Canada747738,388,419
Austria74769,066,710
Ireland74725,020,199
Estonia74751,321,910
Iceland7475345,393
Hong Kong76777,604,299
United Kingdom787768,497,907
Germany808083,883,596
Luxembourg8180642,371
Netherlands828217,211,447
Switzerland84858,773,637
Sweden858510,218,971
Singapore85855,943,546
Norway85845,511,370
Denmark88885,834,950
Finland88855,554,960
New Zealand88884,898,203

Most Corrupt Countries 2022

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