The World’s Most Corrupt Countries

corruptionTransparency International, self-described as “the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption,” has released its 2010 league table of corrupt countries. Guess what: about 3/4 of the world’s nations are corrupt!

With governments committing huge sums to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, from the instability of financial markets to climate change and poverty, corruption remains an obstacle to achieving much needed progress. The 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index shows that nearly three quarters of the 178 countries in the index score below five, on a scale from 10 (highly clean) to 0 (highly corrupt).

These results indicate a serious corruption problem. To address these challenges, governments need to integrate anti-corruption measures in all spheres, from their responses to the financial crisis and climate change to commitments by the international community to eradicate poverty. Transparency International advocates stricter implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption, the only global initiative that provides a framework for putting an end to corruption.

Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore are tied at the top of the list with a score of 9.3, followed closely by Finland and Sweden at 9.2. Bringing up the rear is Somalia with a score of 1.1, slightly trailing Myanmar and Afghanistan at 1.4 and Iraq at 1.5. Notable among decliners over the past year are some of the countries most affected by a financial crisis precipitated by transparency and integrity deficits.

Among those improving in the past year, the general absence of OECD states underlines the fact that all nations need to bolster their good governance mechanisms. The message is clear: across the globe, transparency and accountability are critical to restoring trust and turning back the tide of corruption. Without them, global policy solutions to many global crises are at risk.

Read the full report here and visit Transparency International‘s site for interactive maps and charts.

13 Responses to The World’s Most Corrupt Countries

  1. Hadrian999 October 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm #

    too bad governments run on corruption,
    seriously who would want to be a governmental and deal with the workload for the actual salary
    and have to worry about getting fired every couple of years

  2. Hadrian999 October 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm #

    too bad governments run on corruption,
    seriously who would want to be a governmental and deal with the workload for the actual salary
    and have to worry about getting fired every couple of years

  3. Hadrian999 October 26, 2010 at 8:53 pm #

    too bad governments run on corruption,
    seriously who would want to be a governmental and deal with the workload for the actual salary
    and have to worry about getting fired every couple of years

  4. Andrew October 26, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

    Their definition of corruption is rather narrow, and some of their sources are questionable, but then again, it is the Corruption PERCEPTIONS Index.

    • Synapse October 27, 2010 at 8:38 am #

      Exactly, perception of corruption is not useful for telling us anything about the country itself, just how people (not even people necessarily from a given country) think about the country. I know many people who would rank US the most corrupt country in the world. Not because they’ve witnessed any actual corruption, but because a democrat/republican is in office and they hate democrats/republicans.

      Effectively, this could easily have simply been a test of which countries do you think are crap (no real data needed).

  5. Andrew October 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    Their definition of corruption is rather narrow, and some of their sources are questionable, but then again, it is the Corruption PERCEPTIONS Index.

  6. Synapse October 27, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    Exactly, perception of corruption is not useful for telling us anything about the country itself, just how people (not even people necessarily from a given country) think about the country. I know many people who would rank US the most corrupt country in the world. Not because they’ve witnessed any actual corruption, but because a democrat/republican is in office and they hate democrats/republicans.

    Effectively, this could easily have simply been a test of which countries do you think are crap (no real data needed).

  7. xyz October 30, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    “Perceptions”? Really? And my country scored 5? Who did they ask? :D

  8. xyz October 30, 2010 at 9:16 am #

    “Perceptions”? Really? And my country scored 5? Who did they ask? :D

  9. xyz October 30, 2010 at 5:16 am #

    “Perceptions”? Really? And my country scored 5? Who did they ask? :D

  10. BuzzCoastin August 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    If a government exists, it is by its very nature corrupt. The top ten cleanest countries have very small populations. The so called cleanest countries, like the US, limit corruption to the highest levels of government; whereas the dirtiest countries spread the corruption the lower levels.

    One day government will be replaced by service organizations whose operation will be transparent and limited to public service.  

  11. BuzzCoastin August 3, 2011 at 1:26 am #

    If a government exists, it is by its very nature corrupt. The top ten cleanest countries have very small populations. The so called cleanest countries, like the US, limit corruption to the highest levels of government; whereas the dirtiest countries spread the corruption the lower levels.

    One day government will be replaced by service organizations whose operation will be transparent and limited to public service.  

  12. BuzzCoastin August 3, 2011 at 1:26 am #

    If a government exists, it is by its very nature corrupt. The top ten cleanest countries have very small populations. The so called cleanest countries, like the US, limit corruption to the highest levels of government; whereas the dirtiest countries spread the corruption the lower levels.

    One day government will be replaced by service organizations whose operation will be transparent and limited to public service.  

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