Corruption around the World

Poorly equipped schools, counterfeit medicine and elections decided by money are just some of the consequences of public sector corruption. Bribes and backroom deals don’t just steal resources from the most vulnerable – they undermine justice and economic development, and destroy public trust in government and leaders.

Based on expert opinion from around the world, the Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide, and it paints an alarming picture. Not one single country gets a perfect score and more than two-thirds score below 50, on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

Corruption is a problem for all countries. A poor score is likely a sign of widespread bribery, lack of punishment for corruption and public institutions that don’t respond to citizens’ needs. Countries at the top of the index also need to act. Leading financial centres in the EU and US need to join with fast-growing economies to stop the corrupt from getting away with it. The G20 needs to prove its global leadership role and prevent money laundering and stop secret companies from masking corruption.


The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean)

Country
Corruption Perceptions Index
Denmark
92
New Zealand
91
Finland
89
Sweden
87
Norway
86
Switzerland
86
Singapore
84
Netherlands
83
Luxembourg
82
Canada
81
Australia
80
Germany
79
Iceland
79
United Kingdom
78
Belgium
76
Japan
76
Barbados
74
Hong Kong
74
Ireland
74
United States
74
Chile
73
Uruguay
73
Austria
72
Bahamas
71
United Arab Emirates
70
Estonia
69
France
69
Qatar
69
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
67
Bhutan
65
Botswana
63
Cyprus
63
Portugal
63
Puerto Rico
63
Poland
61
Taiwan
61
Israel
60
Spain
60
Dominica
58
Lithuania
58
Slovenia
58
Cape Verde
57
South Korea
55
Latvia
55
Malta
55
Seychelles
55
Costa Rica
54
Hungary
54
Mauritius
54
Georgia
52
Malaysia
52
Samoa
52
Czech Republic
51
Slovakia
50
Bahrain
49
Jordan
49
Lesotho
49
Namibia
49
Rwanda
49
Saudi Arabia
49
Croatia
48
Ghana
48
Cuba
46
Oman
45
Macedonia
45
Turkey
45
Kuwait
44
South Africa
44
Brazil
43
Bulgaria
43
Greece
43
Italy
43
Romania
43
Senegal
43
Swaziland
43
Montenegro
42
Sao Tome & Principe
42
Serbia
41
Tunisia
40
Benin
39
Bosnia & Herzegovina
39
El Salvador
39
Mongolia
39
Morocco
39
Burkina Faso
38
India
38
Jamaica
38
Peru
38
Philippines
38
Sri Lanka
38
Thailand
38
Trinidad & Tobago
38
Zambia
38
Armenia
37
Colombia
37
Egypt
37
Gabon
37
Liberia
37
Panama
37
Algeria
36
China
36
Suriname
36
Bolivia
35
Mexico
35
Moldova
35
Niger
35
Argentina
34
Djibouti
34
Indonesia
34
Albania
33
Ecuador
33
Ethiopia
33
Kosovo
33
Malawi
33
Cote d'Ivoire
32
Dominican Republic
32
Guatemala
32
Mali
32
Belarus
31
Mozambique
31
Sierra Leone
31
Tanzania
31
Vietnam
31
Guyana
30
Mauritania
30
Azerbaijan
29
Gambia
29
Honduras
29
Kazakhstan
29
Nepal
29
Pakistan
29
Togo
29
Madagascar
28
Nicaragua
28
Timor-Leste
28
Cameroon
27
Iran
27
Kyrgyzstan
27
Lebanon
27
Nigeria
27
Russia
27
Comoros
26
Uganda
26
Ukraine
26
Bangladesh
25
Guinea
25
Kenya
25
Laos
25
Papua New Guinea
25
Central African Republic
24
Paraguay
24
Congo
23
Tajikistan
23
Chad
22
Congo, DRC
22
Cambodia
21
Myanmar
21
Zimbabwe
21
Burundi
20
Syria
20
Angola
19
Guinea-Bissau
19
Haiti
19
Venezuela
19
Yemen
19
Eritrea
18
Libya
18
Uzbekistan
18
Turkmenistan
17
Iraq
16
South Sudan
15
Afghanistan
12
Sudan
11
North Korea
8
Somalia
8


Corruption Perceptions Index (Cartogram)
Corruption Perceptions Index (Cartogram)


Inverted Corruption Perceptions Index (Cartogram)
Inverted Corruption Perceptions Index (Cartogram)


Source: transparency.org & vividmaps.com
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