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The Most Corrupt Countries in the World

Updated June 14, 2019 1.4m views180 items

Corruption is prevalent in almost every country in the world—but some are more corrupt than others. This is a complete list of the most corrupt countries in the world, ranked in order of how corrupt the country's government is. Many countries have made it to this list, thanks to its corrupt politicians with illegal money-making skills, lest we forget any corrupt world leaders. In these countries of the world, bribery and corruption are rampant. Somalia is ranked the top most corrupt country.

Featuring corrupt governments to the world's highest crime rates, these top 50 corrupt nations include Somalia, North Korea, South Sudan, Syria, North Korea, and Yemen. 

This list of corrupt countries of the world is sorted from the most corrupt countries to the least corrupt countries, based on information from Transparency International, 2018.

  • 1
    Somalia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageArabic Language, Somali Language


    CurrencySomali shilling


    GovernmentFederal republic, Republic, Parliamentary republic

    AnthemQolobaa Calankeed, Soomaaliyeey toosoo

    DivisionsLower Shebelle, Woqooyi Galbeed, Middle Juba, Awdal, Middle Shebelle

    Somalia, officially the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a country located in the Horn of... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    South Sudan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World

    LanguageEnglish Language


    CurrencySouth Sudanese pound


    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Presidential system, Federal republic, Republic

    AnthemSouth Sudan Oyee!

    DivisionsCentral Equatoria, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Western Equatoria, Jonglei

    South Sudan, officially the Republic of South Sudan, is a landlocked country in northeastern... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Syria is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageArabic Language


    CurrencySyrian pound


    GovernmentSemi-presidential system, Unitary republic

    AnthemHumat ad-Diyar

    DivisionsAs-Suwayda, Daraa, Tartus Governorate, Deir ez-Zor, Lattakia

    Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    North Korea is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World

    North Korea


    LanguageKorean Language


    CurrencyNorth Korean won


    GovernmentSingle-party state, Juche, Totalitarianism, Family dictatorship


    DivisionsKaesong, South Hamgyong Province, North Pyongan, Kangwon Province, Ryanggang Province

    North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Yemen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageArabic Language


    CurrencyYemeni rial


    GovernmentPresidential system, Republic, Constitutional republic, Unitary state

    AnthemUnited Republic

    DivisionsAbyan Governorate, Hajjah Governorate, Dhamar Governorate, Sana'a Governorate, Al Bayda' Governorate

    Yemen, officially known as the Republic of Yemen, is an Arab country in Southwest Asia,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Afghanistan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World

    LanguageFarsi, Eastern Language, Pashto language


    CurrencyAfghan afghani


    GovernmentIslamic republic

    AnthemAfghan National Anthem

    DivisionsHelmand Province, Takhar Province, Faryab Province, Zabul Province, Paktika Province

    Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Equatorial Guinea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World

    LanguageFrench Language, Portuguese Language, Spanish Language


    CurrencyCentral African CFA franc


    GovernmentPresidential system, Republic, Dictatorship, Unitary state

    AnthemCaminemos pisando las sendas de nuestra inmensa felicidad

    DivisionsLitoral Province, Kié-Ntem Province, Bioko Sur Province, Centro Sur Province, Annobón Province

    Equatorial Guinea, officially the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, is a country located in... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Guinea-Bissau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World

    LanguagePortuguese Language


    CurrencyWest African CFA franc


    GovernmentRepublic, Semi-presidential system

    AnthemEsta É a Nossa Pátria Bem Amada

    DivisionsQuinara Region, Biombo Region, Bissau Region, Bolama Region, Bafatá Region

    Guinea-Bissau, officially the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, GI-nee-bi-SOW, is a country in West... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Sudan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageArabic Language, English Language


    CurrencySudanese pound


    GovernmentRepresentative democracy, Presidential system, Federal republic

    AnthemNahnu Jund Allah Jund Al-watan

    DivisionsDarfur Regional Authority, River Nile, Darfur, Sennar, Northern

    Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan, is an Arab republic in the Nile Valley of North... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Burundi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageKirundi language, French Language


    CurrencyBurundian franc



    AnthemBurundi Bwacu

    DivisionsRutana Province, Mwaro Province, Kayanza Province, Ngozi Province, Cibitoke Province

    Burundi or, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in the African Great... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Libya is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageArabic Language


    CurrencyLibyan dinar


    GovernmentProvisional government, Parliamentary republic

    AnthemAllahu Akbar, Libya, Libya, Libya

    DivisionsSawfajjin District, Jabal al Akhdar, Kufra District, Zawiya, Libya

    Libya, officially the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Iraq is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageArabic Language, Kurdish language


    CurrencyIraqi dinar


    GovernmentFederal republic, Republic, Parliamentary system, Parliamentary republic

    AnthemArdulfurataini Watan, Mawtini

    DivisionsMaysan Province, Al-Qādisiyyah Governorate, Saladin Province, Muthanna Province, Dhi Qar Province

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  • 13
    Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageSpanish Language


    CurrencyVenezuelan bolívar


    GovernmentSocialist state, Presidential system, Federal republic, Republic, Federation

    AnthemGloria al Bravo Pueblo

    DivisionsFederal Dependencies of Venezuela, Delta Amacuro, Aragua, Barinas, Venezuela

    Venezuela, officially called the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a country on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Angola is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguagePortuguese Language


    CurrencyAngolan kwanza


    GovernmentPresidential system, Republic, Unitary state

    AnthemAngola Avante

    DivisionsCabinda Province, Lunda Norte Province, Moxico Province, Huambo Province, Huíla Province

    Angola, officially the Republic of Angola, is a country in Southern Africa. It is the seventh... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Chad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageArabic Language, French Language


    CurrencyCentral African CFA franc


    GovernmentPresidential system

    AnthemLa Tchadienne

    DivisionsLac Prefecture, Salamat Prefecture, Guéra Prefecture, Logone Oriental Prefecture, Mayo-Kébbi Prefecture

    Chad, officially the Republic of Chad, is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Congo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageFrench Language


    CurrencyCentral African CFA franc


    GovernmentSocialist state, Presidential system, Republic

    AnthemLa Congolaise

    DivisionsLikouala Department, Cuvette Department, Bouenza Department, Sangha Department, Niari Department

    The Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo Republic or Congo-Brazzaville, is a country... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World


    Phnom Penh

    LanguageKhmer language


    CurrencyCambodian riel


    GovernmentUnitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

    AnthemNokor Reach

    DivisionsSiem Reap Province, Preah Vihear, Battambang Province, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh

    Cambodia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia and once known as the Khmer Empire, is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Democratic Republic of the Con is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World

    LanguageFrench Language


    CurrencyCongolese franc


    GovernmentRepublic, Semi-presidential system

    AnthemDebout Congolais

    DivisionsKasaï-Occidental, Maniema, Bandundu, Sud-Kivu, Katanga Province

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, DRC, Congo, Congo-Kinshasa,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Haiti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageFrench Language, Haitian Creole French Language


    CurrencyHaitian gourde


    GovernmentRepublic, Semi-presidential system, Unitary state

    AnthemLa Dessalinienne

    DivisionsSud Department, Ouest Department, Centre Department, Nippes Department, Artibonite Department

    Haiti, officially the Republic of Haïti, is a Caribbean country. It occupies the western,... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Turkmenistan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageTurkmen Language


    CurrencyTurkmenistan manat


    GovernmentPresidential system, Republic

    AnthemNational anthem of Turkmenistan

    DivisionsAhal Province, Mary Province, Lebap Province, Daşoguz Province, Balkan Province

    Turkmenistan, formerly known as Turkmenia, is one of the Turkic states in Central Asia.... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Zimbabwe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageShona Language, English Language, Northern Ndebele language


    CurrencyBotswana pula, South African rand, UK £, Euro, United States dollar


    GovernmentRepublic, Semi-presidential system

    AnthemNational Anthem of Zimbabwe, Ishe Komborera Africa

    DivisionsHarare, Bulawayo, Mashonaland West Province, Midlands Province, Manicaland Province

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  • 22
    Mozambique is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World

    LanguagePortuguese Language


    CurrencyMozambican metical


    GovernmentPresidential system, Republic

    AnthemPátria Amada

    DivisionsGaza Province, Manica Province, Inhambane, Nampula Province, Niassa Province

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  • 23
    Uzbekistan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageUzbek language

    CurrencyUzbekistani som


    GovernmentPresidential system, Republic

    AnthemNational Anthem of Uzbekistan

    DivisionsSirdaryo Province, Tashkent, Surxondaryo Province, Jizzakh Province, Namangan Province

    Uzbekistan, officially the Republic of Uzbekistan, is a doubly landlocked country in Central... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Eritrea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World



    LanguageArabic Language, Tigrigna Language, English Language


    CurrencyEritrean nakfa


    GovernmentPresidential system

    AnthemErtra, Ertra, Ertra

    DivisionsAnseba Region, Northern Red Sea Region, Gash-Barka Region, Debub Region, Maekel Region

    Eritrea, officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in the Horn of Africa. With its capital... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Azerbaijan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World

    LanguageAzerbaijani language


    CurrencyAzerbaijani manat


    GovernmentPresidential system, Republic, Constitutional republic, Unitary state

    AnthemAzərbaycan marşı

    DivisionsShabran District, Ağcabədi, Saatly District, Qazax, Jabrayil District

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