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10 most and least corrupt countries in the world in 2017 corruption perceptions index

Despite attempts to combat corruption around the world, more than two-thirds of the world’s nations have high levels of corruption, according to the global watchdog Transparency International (TI).

New Zealand and Denmark scored the highest scores with 89 and 84 out of 100, respectively. Finland, Norway, and Switzerland come in joint third, and Singapore and Sweden are tied in the fourth position. Countries are then scored on a scale of zero, for highly corrupt, to 100, for very clean.

Somalia was found to be the most corrupt country in the world.

The 10 least corrupt countries:

1. New Zealand
2. Denmark
3. Finland/Norway/Switzerland (joint)
4. Singapore/Sweden (joint)
5. United Kingdom/Canada/Luxembourg/ Netherlands
6. Germany
7. Australia/Hong Kong/ Iceland (joint)
8. US, Austria, Belgium,
9. Ireland
10. Japan

And the 10 most corrupt countries:

1. Somalia
2. South Sudan
3. Syria
4. Afghanistan
5. Yemen/Sudan (joint)
6. North Korea/Equatorial Guinea/Guinea Bissau/ Libya (joint)
7. Iraq/Venezuela (joint)
8. Angola/Turkmenistan (joint)
9. Eritrea/Chad (joint)
10. DRC/Congo/Cambodia/Tajikistan (joint)

The Corruption Perception Index 2017 ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, using a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is a media and technology executive, macro-economist, strategic thinker, chair, and chief executive officer of the CEOWORLD magazine, one of the world’s most influential and recognized global news publications. Under Dr. Amarendra's leadership, CEOWORLD magazine has become the world's most iconic news organization, whose rigorous reporting and unsurpassed storytelling connect with millions of business leaders daily. Additionally, he serves as the chair and founding member of the CEOWORLD magazine’s Inclusion Advisory Board.

In his current role, he counsels and collaborates with c-suite executives of large multinational corporations, helping them drive change in their companies to improve their competitiveness. Dr. Amarendra has extensive experience in serving on numerous boards. He leads and supports a globally dispersed team of columnists, correspondents, editors, journalists, reporters, researchers, and industry analysts.

He received his Ph.D. in Finance and Banking from the European Global School, Paris, France. He also received his Doctoral Degree in Chartered Accountancy from the European International University Paris, France, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design (KNUTD), Ukraine. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and his master’s degree in Chartered Accountancy (CA) from European Global School Paris. Dr. Amarendra also holds a Master of Business Administration degree in International Relations and Affairs from the American University of Athens, Alabama, United States.

As CEO, he transformed the CEOWORLD magazine into a highly efficient, digital-first, profitable enterprise. Today, CEOWORLD magazine is a standard bearer for modern responsible journalism. Dr. Amarendra retains a strong desire to continuously improve his skills and abilities and believes that the first step to being a true leader is to inspire others to lead with you.


Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CHAIR, CEO, AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR of the CEOWORLD magazine. Connect with him through LinkedIn.