The World's Most Corrupt Nations, 2012

According to the annual survey by the Berlin-based organization Transparency International, Somalia, North Korea, and Afghanistan are perceived to be the most corrupt, Finland, Denmark, and New Zealand are perceived to be the world's least corrupt countries. For a list of the least corrupt nations for 2012, see World's Least 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 50 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, two-thirds of countries scored below 50.

Country
rank
Country 2012
CPI Score
1. Somalia 8
  North Korea 8
  Afghanistan 8
4. Sudan 13
5. Myanmar 15
6. Uzbekistan 17
  Turkmenistan 17
8. Iraq 18
9. Venezuela 19
  Haiti 19
  Chad 19
  Burundi 19
13. Zimbabwe 20
  Equatorial Guinea 20
15. Libya 21
  Laos 21
  Congo, Democratic Republic of 21
18. Tajikistan 22
  Cambodia 22
  Angola 22
Source: Transparency International, 2011. Web: www.transparency.org .

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The World's Most Corrupt Nations, 2012

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