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Study: The Most (And Least) Corrupt Countries In The World, 2018

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Unsurprisingly, Denmark emerged as the least corrupt country in the world, according to the latest Corruption Perceptions Index, published by the Berlin-based watchdog Transparency International.

With a score of 88 out of 100, the table (see below) ranked the Danes first, one point better than last year’s champion New Zealand and 3 points better than Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden, and Finland.

Norway, the Netherlands, Canada, Luxembourg, Germany, and Britain make up the rest of the top-10.

China scores 39, and is ranked in 87th place, a few places behind 78th placed India (41 points), the world’s most populous democracy.

Other notables included Germany and the UK (joint 11th); Australia (13th), Japan (18th), the United States (22nd), South Korea (45th), Brazil (105th), Russia and Mexico (both 138th).

The countries perceived as having the highest levels of corruption are the war-ravaged triumvirate of Somalia (score of 10), South Sudan and Syria (both 13).

The Most (And Least) Corrupt Countries In The World, 2018

RankCountryRegion2018 Score2017 Score
1DenmarkWestern Europe & European Union8888
2New ZealandAsia Pacific8789
3FinlandWestern Europe & European Union8585
3SingaporeAsia Pacific8584
3SwedenWestern Europe & European Union8584
3SwitzerlandWestern Europe & European Union8585
7NorwayWestern Europe & European Union8485
8NetherlandsWestern Europe & European Union8282
9CanadaAmericas8182
9LuxembourgWestern Europe & European Union8182
11GermanyWestern Europe & European Union8081
11United KingdomWestern Europe & European Union8082
13AustraliaAsia Pacific7777
14AustriaWestern Europe & European Union7675
14Hong KongAsia Pacific7677
14IcelandWestern Europe & European Union7677
17BelgiumWestern Europe & European Union7575
18EstoniaWestern Europe & European Union7371
18IrelandWestern Europe & European Union7374
18JapanAsia Pacific7373
21FranceWestern Europe & European Union7270
22United StatesAmericas7175
23United Arab EmiratesMiddle East & North Africa7071
23UruguayAmericas7070
25BarbadosAmericas6868
25BhutanAsia Pacific6867
27ChileAmericas6767
28SeychellesSub-Saharan Africa6660
29BahamasAmericas6565
30PortugalWestern Europe & European Union6463
31Brunei DarussalamAsia Pacific6362
31TaiwanAsia Pacific6363
33QatarMiddle East & North Africa6263
34BotswanaSub-Saharan Africa6161
34IsraelMiddle East & North Africa6162
36PolandWestern Europe & European Union6060
36SloveniaWestern Europe & European Union6061
38CyprusWestern Europe & European Union5957
38Czech RepublicWestern Europe & European Union5957
38LithuaniaWestern Europe & European Union5959
41GeorgiaEastern Europe & Central Asia5856
41LatviaWestern Europe & European Union5858
41Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesAmericas5858
41SpainWestern Europe & European Union5857
45Cabo VerdeSub-Saharan Africa5755
45DominicaAmericas5757
45Korea, SouthAsia Pacific5754
48Costa RicaAmericas5659
48RwandaSub-Saharan Africa5655
50Saint LuciaAmericas5555
51MaltaWestern Europe & European Union5456
52NamibiaSub-Saharan Africa5351
53GrenadaAmericas5252
53ItalyWestern Europe & European Union5250
53OmanMiddle East & North Africa5244
56MauritiusSub-Saharan Africa5150
57SlovakiaWestern Europe & European Union5050
58JordanMiddle East & North Africa4948
58Saudi ArabiaMiddle East & North Africa4949
60CroatiaWestern Europe & European Union4849
61CubaAmericas4747
61MalaysiaAsia Pacific4747
61RomaniaWestern Europe & European Union4748
64HungaryWestern Europe & European Union4645
64Sao Tome and PrincipeSub-Saharan Africa4646
64VanuatuAsia Pacific4643
67GreeceWestern Europe & European Union4548
67MontenegroEastern Europe & Central Asia4546
67SenegalSub-Saharan Africa4545
70BelarusEastern Europe & Central Asia4444
70JamaicaAmericas4444
70Solomon IslandsAsia Pacific4439
73MoroccoMiddle East & North Africa4340
73South AfricaSub-Saharan Africa4343
73SurinameAmericas4341
73TunisiaMiddle East & North Africa4342
77BulgariaWestern Europe & European Union4243
78Burkina FasoSub-Saharan Africa4142
78GhanaSub-Saharan Africa4140
78IndiaAsia Pacific4140
78KuwaitMiddle East & North Africa4139
78LesothoSub-Saharan Africa4142
78Trinidad and TobagoAmericas4141
78TurkeyEastern Europe & Central Asia4140
85ArgentinaAmericas4039
85BeninSub-Saharan Africa4039
87ChinaAsia Pacific3941
87SerbiaEastern Europe & Central Asia3941
89Bosnia and HerzegovinaEastern Europe & Central Asia3838
89IndonesiaAsia Pacific3837
89Sri LankaAsia Pacific3838
89SwazilandSub-Saharan Africa3839
93GambiaSub-Saharan Africa3730
93GuyanaAmericas3738
93KosovoEastern Europe & Central Asia3739
93MacedoniaEastern Europe & Central Asia3735
93MongoliaAsia Pacific3736
93PanamaAmericas3737
99AlbaniaEastern Europe & Central Asia3638
99BahrainMiddle East & North Africa3636
99ColombiaAmericas3637
99PhilippinesAsia Pacific3634
99TanzaniaSub-Saharan Africa3636
99ThailandAsia Pacific3637
105AlgeriaMiddle East & North Africa3533
105ArmeniaEastern Europe & Central Asia3535
105BrazilAmericas3537
105Cote d'IvoireSub-Saharan Africa3536
105EgyptMiddle East & North Africa3532
105El SalvadorAmericas3533
105PeruAmericas3537
105Timor-LesteAsia Pacific3538
105ZambiaSub-Saharan Africa3537
114EcuadorAmericas3432
114EthiopiaSub-Saharan Africa3435
114NigerSub-Saharan Africa3433
117MoldovaEastern Europe & Central Asia3331
117Pakistan (Islamic republic of)Asia Pacific3332
117VietnamAsia Pacific3335
120LiberiaSub-Saharan Africa3231
120MalawiSub-Saharan Africa3231
120MaliSub-Saharan Africa3231
120UkraineEastern Europe & Central Asia3230
124DjiboutiSub-Saharan Africa3131
124GabonSub-Saharan Africa3132
124KazakhstanEastern Europe & Central Asia3131
124MaldivesAsia Pacific3133
124NepalAsia Pacific3131
129Dominican RepublicAmericas3029
129Sierra LeoneSub-Saharan Africa3030
129TogoSub-Saharan Africa3032
132BoliviaAmericas2933
132HondurasAmericas2929
132KyrgyzstanEastern Europe & Central Asia2929
132LaosAsia Pacific2929
132MyanmarAsia Pacific2930
132ParaguayAmericas2929
138GuineaSub-Saharan Africa2827
138Iran (Islamic republic of)Middle East & North Africa2830
138LebanonMiddle East & North Africa2828
138MexicoAmericas2829
138Papua New GuineaAsia Pacific2829
138RussiaEastern Europe & Central Asia2829
144ComorosSub-Saharan Africa2727
144GuatemalaAmericas2728
144KenyaSub-Saharan Africa2728
144Mauritania (Islamic republic of)Sub-Saharan Africa2728
144NigeriaSub-Saharan Africa2727
149BangladeshAsia Pacific2628
149Central African RepublicSub-Saharan Africa2623
149UgandaSub-Saharan Africa2626
152AzerbaijanEastern Europe & Central Asia2531
152CameroonSub-Saharan Africa2525
152MadagascarSub-Saharan Africa2524
152NicaraguaAmericas2526
152TajikistanEastern Europe & Central Asia2521
157EritreaSub-Saharan Africa2420
158MozambiqueSub-Saharan Africa2325
158UzbekistanEastern Europe & Central Asia2322
160ZimbabweSub-Saharan Africa2222
161CambodiaAsia Pacific2021
161Democratic Republic of the CongoSub-Saharan Africa2021
161HaitiAmericas2022
161TurkmenistanEastern Europe & Central Asia2019
165AngolaSub-Saharan Africa1919
165ChadSub-Saharan Africa1920
165CongoSub-Saharan Africa1921
168IraqMiddle East & North Africa1818
168VenezuelaAmericas1818
170BurundiSub-Saharan Africa1722
170LibyaMiddle East & North Africa1717
172Afghanistan (Islamic republic of)Asia Pacific1615
172Equatorial GuineaSub-Saharan Africa1617
172Guinea BissauSub-Saharan Africa1617
172SudanSub-Saharan Africa1616
176North KoreaAsia Pacific1417
176YemenMiddle East & North Africa1416
178South SudanSub-Saharan Africa1312
178SyriaMiddle East & North Africa1314
180SomaliaSub-Saharan Africa109

These are the top 20 least corrupt countries in the world 2018:

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.