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What is the corruption score of different countries? - Answers

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What is the corruption score of different countries?

World map depicting Corruption level in different countries

Corruption is when a person, who is in a position of authority, indulges in unethical or dishonest conduct for his or her own personal benefit. It involves many unethical practices such as embezzlement or bribery, which has a damaging effect on the economy of a nation. It leads to undermining investments in important sectors such as education and health, discouraging investment in the nation, and the lowering of productivity. People also stop relying on the public institutions and the confidence in the system declines. The economic growth of a country is adversely affected and poverty spreads. While some nations have taken commendable steps in tackling theses issue of corruption, many countries lag behind.

The Corruption Perception Index released by Transparency International uses a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean) to estimate the situation in different countries. According to their 2017 data, New Zealand is the cleanest, or least corrupt country in the entire world, with a score of 89. The European nations Denmark and Finland are next in the index, with the scores of 88 and 85, respectively.

The United States is tied with a few other countries and comes with a score of 75. Many other nations having a score between 70 to 80 are; Australia, Hong Kong, Iceland, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Japan, Estonia, the United Arab Emirates, France, and Uruguay.

Countries which rank low on the index and are most affected by corruption are; Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan. Cases of embezzlement and bribery are quite high in these nations, with Somalia being the worst with a score of 8.

The countries in Africa are facing immense poverty, despite having an abundance of natural resources. Part of solution is to curb corruption.

For information on the score of corruption control in each nation, refer to the table below.

RANK COUNTRY/TERRITORY SCORE
1 New Zealand 89
2 Denmark 88
3 Finland 85
3 Norway 85
3 Switzerland 85
6 Singapore 84
6 Sweden 84
8 Canada 82
8 Luxembourg 82
8 Netherlands 82
8 United Kingdom 82
12 Germany 81
13 Australia 77
13 Hong Kong 77
13 Iceland 77
16 Austria 75
16 Belgium 75
16 The United States 75
19 Ireland 74
20 Japan 73
21 Estonia 71
21 United Arab Emirates 71
23 France 70
23 Uruguay 70
25 Barbados 68
26 Bhutan 67
26 Chile 67
28 Bahamas 65
29 Portugal 63
29 Qatar 63
29 Taiwan 63
32 Brunei 62
32 Israel 62
34 Botswana 61
34 Slovenia 61
36 Poland 60
36 Seychelles 60
38 Costa Rica 59
38 Lithuania 59
40 Latvia 58
40 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 58
42 Cyprus 57
42 Czech Republic 57
42 Dominica 57
42 Spain 57
46 Georgia 56
46 Malta 56
48 Cabo Verde 55
48 Rwanda 55
48 Saint Lucia 55
51 South Korea 54
52 Grenada 52
53 Namibia 51
54 Italy 50
54 Mauritius 50
54 Slovakia 50
57 Croatia 49
57 Saudi Arabia 49
59 Greece 48
59 Jordan 48
59 Romania 48
62 Cuba 47
62 Malaysia 47
64 Montenegro 46
64 Sao Tome and Principe 46
66 Hungary 45
66 Senegal 45
68 Belarus 44
68 Jamaica 44
68 Oman 44
71 Bulgaria 43
71 South Africa 43
71 Vanuatu 43
74 Burkina Faso 42
74 Lesotho 42
74 Tunisia 42
77 China 41
77 Serbia 41
77 Suriname 41
77 Trinidad and Tobago 41
81 Ghana 40
81 India 40
81 Morocco 40
81 Turkey 40
85 Argentina 39
85 Benin 39
85 Kosovo 39
85 Kuwait 39
85 Solomon Islands 39
85 eSwatini 39
91 Albania 38
91 Bosnia and Herzegovina 38
91 Guyana 38
91 Sri Lanka 38
91 Timor-Leste 38
96 Brazil 37
96 Colombia 37
96 Indonesia 37
96 Panama 37
96 Peru 37
96 Thailand 37
96 Zambia 37
103 Bahrain 36
103 Côte D’Ivoire 36
103 Mongolia 36
103 Tanzania 36
107 Armenia 35
107 Ethiopia 35
107 Macedonia 35
107 Vietnam 35
111 Philippines 34
112 Algeria 33
112 Bolivia 33
112 El Salvador 33
112 Maldives 33
112 Niger 33
117 Ecuador 32
117 Egypt 32
117 Gabon 32
117 Pakistan 32
117 Togo 32
122 Azerbaijan 31
122 Djibouti 31
122 Kazakhstan 31
122 Liberia 31
122 Malawi 31
122 Mali 31
122 Nepal 31
122 Moldova 31
130 Gambia 30
130 Iran 30
130 Myanmar 30
130 Sierra Leone 30
130 Ukraine 30
135 Dominican Republic 29
135 Honduras 29
135 Kyrgyzstan 29
135 Laos 29
135 Mexico 29
135 Papua New Guinea 29
135 Paraguay 29
135 Russia 29
143 Bangladesh 28
143 Guatemala 28
143 Kenya 28
143 Lebanon 28
143 Mauritania 28
148 Comoros 27
148 Guinea 27
148 Nigeria 27
151 Nicaragua 26
151 Uganda 26
153 Cameroon 25
153 Mozambique 25
155 Madagascar 24
156 Central African Republic 23
157 Burundi 22
157 Haiti 22
157 Uzbekistan 22
157 Zimbabwe 22
161 Cambodia 21
161 Congo 21
161 Democratic Republic of Congo 21
161 Tajikistan 21
165 Chad 20
165 Eritrea 20
167 Angola 19
167 Turkmenistan 19
169 Iraq 18
169 Venezuela 18
171 North Korea 17
171 Equatorial Guinea 17
171 Guinea Bissau 17
171 Libya 17
175 Sudan 16
175 Yemen 16
177 Afghanistan 15
178 Syria 14
179 South Sudan 12
180 Somalia 9

 

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