The World's Most Corrupt Countries
Somalia has been rated the most corrupt country in the world, while Denmark is the least, according to a new survey by a corruption watchdog.
Berlin-based think-tank Transparency International published its latest Corruption Perceptions Index, which ranks 180 countries and territories based on how corrupt their administrative and political institutions are perceived to be.
The report gives each country a score from 100 (least corrupt) to 0 (most corrupt).
“This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world,” an accompanying analysis stated.
United States dropped out of the top 20 least corrupt nations for the first time since 2011, according to the researchers.
The most improved were Estonia, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Guyana; and decliners included Australia, Chile, Malta and Mexico.
Somalia was rated the most corrupt with a score of 10, followed by Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, North Korea, Sudan, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Afghanistan and Libya.
Rounding out the top group were Norway, Netherlands, Canada, Luxembourg, Germany and Britain.
The index is calculated using 13 different data sources that provide perceptions of public sector corruption from business people and country experts.
These include the African Development Bank Country Policy and Institutional Assessment, the World Bank Country Policy and Institutional Assessment, the World Economic Forum Executive Opinion Survey and the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index Expert Survey.