Special Report

The 45 Most Corrupt Countries in the World

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Corrupt governments pose a threat to global order and security. Such a concentration of power for the head of state allows authoritarian regimes to crack down on dissenters and journalists and carry out military operations virtually unopposed. And Russia is far from the only country with such high levels of corruption.

To determine the most corrupt countries in the world, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. Countries were ranked based on their corruption index score, a measure reflecting perceived levels of public sector corruption ranging from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). Transparency International calculates index scores using data  from 13 different surveys. Each country considered must have at least three sources assessing it.. Data on population came from the World Bank and is for 2020.

Overall, the nations of the world have done little to improve the perception of their corruption in recent years. All across the globe, countries have cracked down on civil liberties and removed accountability measures designed to keep public sector corruption in check. Even in relatively open countries, accountability for major issues like COVID-19 responses has been limited.

In corrupt countries, it can be very difficult for average citizens to gain access to the financial resources they need to escape poverty. High levels of corruption have been shown to cut down on economic growth and restrict access to education, which can make it more difficult for lower-income individuals to lift themselves out of poverty. This has been shown to increase the gap between the rich and the poor. These are the countries with the worst wealth inequality.

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45. Russia
> Corruption perceptions index: 29/100
> Total population: 144.10 million
> Region: Eastern Europe & Central Asia

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44. Mali
> Corruption perceptions index: 29/100
> Total population: 20.25 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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43. Liberia
> Corruption perceptions index: 29/100
> Total population: 5.06 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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42. Angola
> Corruption perceptions index: 29/100
> Total population: 32.87 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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41. Uzbekistan
> Corruption perceptions index: 28/100
> Total population: 34.23 million
> Region: Eastern Europe & Central Asia

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40. Pakistan
> Corruption perceptions index: 28/100
> Total population: 220.89 million
> Region: Asia & the Pacific

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39. Myanmar
> Corruption perceptions index: 28/100
> Total population: 54.41 million
> Region: Asia & the Pacific

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38. Mauritania
> Corruption perceptions index: 28/100
> Total population: 4.65 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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37. Uganda
> Corruption perceptions index: 27/100
> Total population: 45.74 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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36. Kyrgyzstan
> Corruption perceptions index: 27/100
> Total population: 6.59 million
> Region: Eastern Europe & Central Asia

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35. Cameroon
> Corruption perceptions index: 27/100
> Total population: 26.55 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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34. Mozambique
> Corruption perceptions index: 26/100
> Total population: 31.26 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

33. Madagascar
> Corruption perceptions index: 26/100
> Total population: 27.69 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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32. Bangladesh
> Corruption perceptions index: 26/100
> Total population: 164.69 million
> Region: Asia & the Pacific

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31. Tajikistan
> Corruption perceptions index: 25/100
> Total population: 9.54 million
> Region: Eastern Europe & Central Asia

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30. Iran
> Corruption perceptions index: 25/100
> Total population: 83.99 million
> Region: Middle East & North Africa

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29. Guinea
> Corruption perceptions index: 25/100
> Total population: 13.13 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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28. Guatemala
> Corruption perceptions index: 25/100
> Total population: 16.86 million
> Region: The Americas

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27. Central African Republic
> Corruption perceptions index: 24/100
> Total population: 4.83 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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26. Nigeria
> Corruption perceptions index: 24/100
> Total population: 206.14 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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25. Lebanon
> Corruption perceptions index: 24/100
> Total population: 6.83 million
> Region: Middle East & North Africa

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24. Zimbabwe
> Corruption perceptions index: 23/100
> Total population: 14.86 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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23. Iraq
> Corruption perceptions index: 23/100
> Total population: 40.22 million
> Region: Middle East & North Africa

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22. Honduras
> Corruption perceptions index: 23/100
> Total population: 9.90 million
> Region: The Americas

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21. Cambodia
> Corruption perceptions index: 23/100
> Total population: 16.72 million
> Region: Asia & the Pacific

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20. Eritrea
> Corruption perceptions index: 22/100
> Total population: 6.15 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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19. Guinea Bissau
> Corruption perceptions index: 21/100
> Total population: 1.97 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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18. Congo
> Corruption perceptions index: 21/100
> Total population: 5.52 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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17. Sudan
> Corruption perceptions index: 20/100
> Total population: 43.85 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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16. Nicaragua
> Corruption perceptions index: 20/100
> Total population: 6.62 million
> Region: The Americas

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15. Haiti
> Corruption perceptions index: 20/100
> Total population: 11.40 million
> Region: The Americas

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14. Comoros
> Corruption perceptions index: 20/100
> Total population: 869,595
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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13. Chad
> Corruption perceptions index: 20/100
> Total population: 16.43 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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12. Turkmenistan
> Corruption perceptions index: 19/100
> Total population: 6.03 million
> Region: Eastern Europe & Central Asia

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11. Democratic Republic of the Congo
> Corruption perceptions index: 19/100
> Total population: 89.56 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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10. Burundi
> Corruption perceptions index: 19/100
> Total population: 11.89 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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9. Libya
> Corruption perceptions index: 17/100
> Total population: 6.87 million
> Region: Middle East & North Africa

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8. Equatorial Guinea
> Corruption perceptions index: 17/100
> Total population: 1.40 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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7. Yemen
> Corruption perceptions index: 16/100
> Total population: 29.83 million
> Region: Middle East & North Africa

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6. North Korea
> Corruption perceptions index: 16/100
> Total population: 25.78 million
> Region: Asia & the Pacific

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5. Afghanistan
> Corruption perceptions index: 16/100
> Total population: 38.93 million
> Region: Asia & the Pacific

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4. Venezuela
> Corruption perceptions index: 14/100
> Total population: 28.44 million
> Region: The Americas

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3. Syria
> Corruption perceptions index: 13/100
> Total population: 17.50 million
> Region: Middle East & North Africa

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2. Somalia
> Corruption perceptions index: 13/100
> Total population: 15.89 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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1. South Sudan
> Corruption perceptions index: 11/100
> Total population: 11.19 million
> Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

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