The Most and Least Corrupt Nations, 2008

According to the annual survey by the Berlin-based organization Transparency International, Sweden, Denmark, and New Zealand are perceived to be the world's least corrupt countries, and Somalia, Iraq, Haiti, and Myanmar 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 14 polls and surveys from 12 independent institutions, which gathered the opinions of businesspeople and country analysts. 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.

Countries that have significantly improved their rating since the 2007 index were Albania, Cyprus, Georgia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, South Korea, Tonga, and Turkey. Some of the countries that have a significantly worse rating since 2007 include Bulgaria, Burundi, Maldives, Norway, and the United Kingdom.

Country
rank
Country 2008
CPI Score
1. Denmark 9.3
  New Zealand 9.3
  Sweden 9.3
4. Singapore 9.2
5. Finland 9.0
  Switzerland 9.0
7. Iceland 8.9
  Netherlands 8.9
9. Australia 8.7
  Canada 8.7
11. Luxembourg 8.3
12. Austria 8.1
  Hong Kong 8.1
14. Germany 7.9
  Norway 7.9
16. Ireland 7.7
  United Kingdom 7.7
18. Belgium 7.3
  Japan 7.3
  USA 7.3
21. St. Lucia 7.1
22. Barbados 7.0
23. Chile 6.9
  France 6.9
  Uruguay 6.9
26. Slovenia 6.7
27. Estonia 6.6
28. Qatar 6.5
  St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6.5
  Spain 6.5
31. Cyprus 6.4
32. Portugal 6.1
33. Dominica 6.0
  Israel 6.0
35. United Arab Emirates 5.9
36. Botswana 5.8
  Malta 5.8
  Puerto Rico 5.8
39. Taiwan 5.7
40. South Korea 5.6
41. Mauritius 5.5
  Oman 5.5
43. Bahrain 5.4
  Macao 5.4
45. Bhutan 5.2
  Czech Republic 5.2
47. Cape Verde 5.1
  Costa Rica 5.1
  Hungary 5.1
  Jordan 5.1
  Malaysia 5.1
52. Latvia 5.0
  Slovakia 5.0
54. South Africa 4.9
55. Italy 4.8
  Seychelles 4.8
57. Greece 4.7
58. Lithuania 4.6
  Poland 4.6
  Turkey 4.6
61. Namibia 4.5
62. Croatia 4.4
  Samoa 4.4
  Tunisia 4.4
65. Cuba 4.3
  Kuwait 4.3
67. El Salvador 3.9
  Georgia 3.9
  Ghana 3.9
70. Colombia 3.8
  Romania 3.8
72. Bulgaria 3.6
  China 3.6
  FYR Macedonia 3.6
  Mexico 3.6
  Peru 3.6
  Suriname 3.6
  Swaziland 3.6
  Trinidad and Tobago 3.6
80. Brazil 3.5
  Burkina Faso 3.5
  Morocco 3.5
  Saudi Arabia 3.5
  Thailand 3.5
85. Albania 3.4
  India 3.4
  Madagascar 3.4
  Montenegro 3.4
  Panama 3.4
  Senegal 3.4
  Serbia 3.4
92. Algeria 3.2
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.2
  Lesotho 3.2
  Sri Lanka 3.2
96. Benin 3.1
  Gabon 3.1
  Guatemala 3.1
  Jamaica 3.1
  Kiribati 3.1
  Mali 3.1
102. Bolivia 3.0
  Djibouti 3.0
  Dominican Republic 3.0
  Lebanon 3.0
  Mongolia 3.0
  Rwanda 3.0
  Tanzania 3.0
109. Argentina 2.9
  Armenia 2.9
  Belize 2.9
  Moldova 2.9
  Solomon Islands 2.9
  Vanuatu 2.9
115. Egypt 2.8
  Malawi 2.8
  Maldives 2.8
  Mauritania 2.8
  Niger 2.8
  Zambia 2.8
121. Nepal 2.7
  Nigeria 2.7
  Sao Tome and Principe 2.7
  Togo 2.7
  Viet Nam 2.7
126. Eritrea 2.6
  Ethiophia 2.6
  Guyana 2.6
  Honduras 2.6
  Indonesia 2.6
  Libya 2.6
  Mozambique 2.6
  Uganda 2.6
134. Comoros 2.5
  Nicaragua 2.5
  Pakistan 2.5
  Ukraine 2.5
138. Liberia 2.4
  Paraguay 2.4
  Tonga 2.4
141. Cameroon 2.3
  Iran 2.3
  Philippines 2.3
  Yemen 2.3
145. Kazakhstan 2.2
  Timor-Leste 2.2
147. Bangladesh 2.1
  Kenya 2.1
  Russia 2.1
  Syria 2.1
151. Belarus 2.0
  Central African Republic 2.0
  Côte d´Ivoire 2.0
  Ecuador 2.0
  Laos 2.0
  Papua New Guinea 2.0
  Tajikistan 2.0
158. Angola 1.9
  Azerbaijan 1.9
  Burundi 1.9
  Congo, Republic 1.9
  Gambia 1.9
  Guinea-Bissau 1.9
  Sierra Leone 1.9
  Venezuela 1.9
166. Cambodia 1.8
  Kyrgyzstan 1.8
  Turkmenistan 1.8
  Uzbekistan 1.8
  Zimbabwe 1.8
171. Congo, Democratic Republic of 1.7
  Equatorial Guinea 1.7
173. Chad 1.6
  Guinea 1.6
  Sudan 1.6
176. Afghanistan 1.5
177. Haiti 1.4
178. Iraq 1.3
  Myanmar 1.3
180. Somalia 1.0
Source: Transparency International, 2008. Web: www.transparency.org .

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