The World's Least Corrupt Nations, 2012

According to the annual survey by the Berlin-based organization Transparency International, Denmark, Finland, and New Zealand are perceived to be the world's least corrupt countries, and Somalia, North Korea, and Afghanistan are perceived to be the most corrupt. For a list of the most corrupt nations, see World's Most Corrupt Countries. 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. The scores range from 100 (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. In the 2012 survey, the vast majority scored below five.

Country
rank
Country 2012
CPI Score
1. Denmark 90
  Finland 90
  New Zealand 90
4. Sweden 9.3
5. Singapore 9.2
6. Norway 9.0
7. Netherlands 8.9
8. Australia 8.8
  Switzerland 8.8
10. Canada 8.7
11. Luxembourg 8.5
12. Hong Kong 8.4
13. Iceland 8.3
14. Germany 8.0
  Japan 8.0
16. Austria 7.8
  Barbados 7.8
  United Kingdom 7.8
19. Belgium 7.5
20. Bahamas 7.6
Source: Transparency International, 2012. Web: www.transparency.org .

Information Please® Database, © 2009 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

World's Most Corrupt Countries, 2009 Political Statistics The Bribe Payers' Index
The World's Least Corrupt Nations, 2012

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

3 Fun Thanksgiving Games for Kids
Looking for some great Thanksgiving games to play with your kids? Print our free Pin the Feathers on the Turkey game, Pin the Hat on the Pilgrim game, and Thanksgiving Parade Bingo game for loads of laughs this Turkey Day!

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

8 Surprising Sources of Caffeine in Kids' Foods
Even low doses of caffeine can have an effect on your child's health. Since the FDA doesn't require caffeine content on food labels, learn about hidden sources of caffeine in kids' diets.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!