The Most and Least Corrupt Nations, 2009

According to the annual survey by the Berlin-based organization Transparency International, New Zealand, Denmark, Singapore, Sweden, and Switzerland are perceived to be the world's least corrupt countries, and Somalia, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Sudan, and Iraq are perceived to be the most corrupt. The index defines corruption as the abuse of public office for private gain and measures the degree to which corruption is perceived to exist among a country's public officials and politicians. It is a composite index, drawing on 13 different expert and business surveys. Only 180 of the world's 193 countries are included in the survey, due to an absence of reliable data from the remaining countries. The scores range from ten (squeaky clean) to zero (highly corrupt). A score of 5.0 is the number Transparency International considers the borderline figure distinguishing countries that do and do not have a serious corruption problem.

Country
rank
Country 2009
CPI Score
1. New Zealand 9.5
2. Denmark 9.3
3. Singapore 9.2
  Sweden 9.2
5 Switzerland 9.0
6. Finland 8.9
  Netherlands 8.9
8 Australia 8.7
  Canada 8.7
  Iceland 8.7
11. Norway 8.6
  Hong Kong 8.6
  Luxembourg 8.2
14. Germany 8.0
  Ireland 8.0
16. Austria 7.9
17. Japan 7.7
  United Kingdom 7.7
19. USA 7.5
20. Barbados 7.4
21. Belgium 7.1
22. Qatar 7.0
  St. Lucia 7.1
24. France 6.9
25. Chile 6.7
  Uruguay 6.7
27.; Cyprus 6.6
  Estonia 6.6
  Slovenia 6.6
30. United Arab Emirates 6.5
31 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6.4
32. Israel 6.1
  Spain 6.1
34. Dominica 5.9
35. Portugal 5.8
  Puerto Rico 5.8
37. Botswana 5.6
  Taiwan 5.6
39. Brunei 5.5
  Oman 5.5
  South Korea 5.5
42. Mauritius 5.4
43. Costa Rica 5.3
  Macao 5.3
45. Malta 5.2
46. Bahrain 5.1
47. Cape Verde 5.1
  Hungary 5.1
49. Bhutan 5.0
  Jordan 5.0
  Poland 5.0
52. Czech Republic 4.9
  Lithuania 4.9
54. Seychelles 4.8
55. South Africa 4.7
56. Latvia 4.5
  Malaysia 4.5
  Namibia 4.5
  Samoa 4.5
  Slovakia 4.5
61. Cuba 4.4
  Turkey 4.4
63. Italy 4.3
  Saudi Arabia 4.3
65. Tunisia 4.2
66. Croatia 4.1
  Georgia 4.1
  Kuwait 4.1
69. Ghana 3.9
  Montenegro 3.9
71. Bulgaria 3.8
  FYR Macedonia 3.8
  Greece 3.8
  Romania 3.8
75. Brazil 3.7
  Colombia 3.7
  Peru 3.7
  Suriname 3.7
79. Burkina Faso 3.6
  China 3.6
  Swaziland 3.6
  Trinidad and Tobago 3.6
83. Serbia 3.5
84. El Salvador 3.4
  Guatemala 3.4
  India 3.4
  Panama 3.4
  Thailand 3.4
89. Lesotho 3.3
  Malawi 3.3
  Mexico 3.3
  Moldova 3.3
  Morocco 3.3
  Rwanda 3.3
95. Albania 3.2
  Vanuatu 3.2
97. Liberia 3.1
  Sri Lanka 3.1
3.0 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.0
  Dominican Republic 3.0
  Jamaica 3.0
  Madagascar 3.0
  Senegal 3.0
  Tonga 3.0
  Zambia 3.0
106. Argentina 2.9
  Benin 2.9
  Gabon 2.9
  Gambia 2.9
  Niger 2.9
111. Algeria 2.8
  Djibouti 2.8
  Egypt 2.8
  Indonesia 2.8
  Kiribati 2.8
  Mali 2.8
  Sao Tome and Principe 2.8
  Solomon Islands 2.8
  Togo 2.8
120 Armenia 2.7
  Bolivia 2.7
  Ethiophia 2.7
  Kazakhstan 2.7
  Mongolia 2.7
  Vietnam 2.7
126. Eritrea 2.6
  Guyana 2.6
  Syria 2.6
  Tanzania 2.6
130. Honduras 2.5
  Lebanon 2.5
  Libya 2.5
  Maldives 2.5
  Mauritania 2.5
  Mozambique 2.5
  Nicaragua 2.5
  Nigeria 2.5
  Uganda 2.5
139. Bangladesh 2.4
  Belarus 2.4
  Pakistan 2.4
  Philippines 2.4
143. Azerbaijan 2.3
  Comoros 2.3
  Nepal 2.3
146. Cameroon 2.2
  Ecuador 2.2
  Kenya 2.2
  Russia 2.2
  Sierra Leone 2.2
  Timor-Leste 2.2
  Ukraine 2.2
  Zimbabwe 2.2
154. Côte d'Ivoire 2.1
  Papua New Guinea 2.1
  Paraguay 2.1
  Yemen 2.1
158. Cambodia 2.0
  Central African Republic 2.0
  Laos 2.0
  Tajikistan 2.0
162. Angola 1.9
  Congo, Republic 1.9
  Congo, Democratic Republic of 1.9
  Guinea-Bissau 1.9
  Kyrgyzstan 1.9
  Venezuela 1.9
168. Burundi 1.8
  Equatorial Guinea 1.8
  Guinea 1.8
  Haiti 1.8
  Iran 1.8
  Turkmenistan 1.8
174. Uzbekistan 1.7
175. Chad 1.6
176. Iraq 1.5
  Sudan 1.5
178. Myanmar 1.4
179. Afghanistan 1.3
180. Somalia 1.1
Source: Transparency International, 2009. Web: www.transparency.org .

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