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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, Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. 

You can sort this list of corrupt countries of the world by any column to get the most corrupt countries or least corrupt countries. Source: Transparency International, 2017

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Somalia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Somalia Mogadishu Somalia, officially the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, ...more

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South Sudan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
South Sudan Juba South Sudan, officially the Republic of South Sudan, is a landlocked country in northeastern Africa that gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Its current capital is Juba, which is also ...more

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Syria is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Syria Damascus Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and ...more

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Afghanistan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Afghanistan Kabul Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia and Central Asia. It has a population of approximately 31 million people, making it ...more

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Yemen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Yemen Sana'a Yemen, officially known as the Republic of Yemen, is an Arab country in Southwest Asia, occupying the southwestern to southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen is the second largest country ...more

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Sudan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Sudan Khartoum Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan, is an Arab republic in the Nile Valley of North Africa, bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea, Eritrea and Ethiopia to the east, South Sudan to ...more

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Libya is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Libya Tripoli Libya, officially the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger ...more

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North Korea is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
North Korea Pyongyang North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. The capital and largest city is Pyongyang. North Korea ...more

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Guinea-Bissau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Guinea-Bissau Bissau Guinea-Bissau, officially the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, GI-nee-bi-SOW, is a country in West Africa. It covers 36,125 km² with an estimated population of 1,704,000. Guinea-Bissau was once ...more

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Equatorial Guinea is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Equatorial Guinea Malabo Equatorial Guinea, officially the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, is a country located in Central Africa, with an area of 28,000 square kilometres. Formerly the colony of Spanish Guinea, its ...more

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Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Venezuela Caracas Venezuela, officially called the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a country on the northern coast of South America. Venezuela's territory covers around 916,445 km² with an estimated ...more

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Iraq is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Iraq Baghdad Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, is a country in Western Asia. The country borders Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the ...more

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Turkmenistan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Turkmenistan Ashgabat Turkmenistan, formerly known as Turkmenia, is one of the Turkic states in Central Asia. Turkmenistan is bordered by Kazakhstan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the north and east, Afghanistan to ...more

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Angola is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Angola Luanda Angola, officially the Republic of Angola, is a country in Southern Africa. It is the seventh largest country in Africa, and is bordered by Namibia on the south, the Democratic Republic of the ...more

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Eritrea is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Eritrea Asmara Eritrea, officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in the Horn of Africa. With its capital at Asmara, it is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the ...more

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Chad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Chad N'Djamena Chad, officially the Republic of Chad, is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and ...more

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Tajikistan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Tajikistan Dushanbe Tajikistan, officially the Republic of Tajikistan, is a mountainous landlocked sovereign country in Central Asia. With an estimated 8 million people in 2013, it is the 98th most populous country ...more

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Congo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Congo Brazzaville The Republic of the Congo, also known as Congo Republic or Congo-Brazzaville, is a country located in Central Africa. It is bordered by Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the ...more

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Democratic Republic of the Con... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, DRC, Congo, Congo-Kinshasa, DROC, or RDC, is a country located in Central Africa. It borders the Republic of the Congo, the Central ...more

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Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Cambodia Phnom Penh Cambodia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia and once known as the Khmer Empire, is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Its total ...more

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Zimbabwe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Zimbabwe Harare Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana ...more

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Uzbekistan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Uzbekistan Tashkent Uzbekistan, officially the Republic of Uzbekistan, is a doubly landlocked country in Central Asia. It is a unitary, constitutional, presidential republic, comprising 12 provinces, 1 autonomous ...more

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Haiti is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Haiti Port-au-Prince Haiti, officially the Republic of Haïti, is a Caribbean country. It occupies the western, smaller portion of the island of Hispaniola, in the Greater Antillean archipelago, which it shares ...more

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Burundi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Burundi Bujumbura Burundi or, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of Southeast Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, ...more

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Central African Republic is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Central African Republic Bangui The Central African Republic is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Chad to the north, Sudan to the northeast, South Sudan to the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo ...more

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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Madagascar Antananarivo Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Southeast Africa. The nation comprises ...more

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Mozambique is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Mozambique Maputo Mozambique, officially the Republic of Mozambique, is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe ...more

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Cameroon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Cameroon Yaoundé Cameroon, officially the Republic of Cameroon, is a country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the west; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and ...more

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Uganda is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Uganda Kampala Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the ...more

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Nicaragua is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Nicaragua Managua Nicaragua, officially the Republic of Nicaragua, is the largest country in the Central American isthmus, bordering Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south. The country is situated ...more

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Nigeria is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Nigeria Abuja Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a federal constitutional republic comprising 36 states and its Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Nigeria is located in West Africa and ...more

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Guinea is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Guinea Conakry Guinea, officially the Republic of Guinea, is a country in West Africa. Formerly known as French Guinea, it is today sometimes called Guinea-Conakry to distinguish it from its neighbour ...more

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Comoros is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Comoros Moroni The Comoros, officially the Union of the Comoros, is a sovereign archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of ...more

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Mauritania is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Mauritania Nouakchott Mauritania, officially the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, is a country in the Maghreb region of western North Africa. It is the eleventh largest country in Africa, and is bordered by the ...more

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Lebanon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Lebanon Beirut Lebanon, officially the Lebanese Republic, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south. Lebanon's location at the crossroads of the ...more

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Kenya is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Kenya Nairobi Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya lies on the equator with the Indian Ocean to the south-east, Tanzania to the ...more

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Guatemala is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Guatemala Guatemala City Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala, is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the ...more

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Bangladesh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Bangladesh Dhaka Bangladesh, officially the People's Republic of Bangladesh, is a country in South Asia; and is bordered by India to its west, north and east; Burma to its southeast and separated from Nepal and ...more

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Russia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Russia Moscow Russia, also officially known as the Russian Federation, is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic. At 17,075,400 square kilometres, Russia is the largest ...more

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Paraguay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Paraguay Asunción Paraguay, officially the Republic of Paraguay, is a landlocked country in central South America, bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia ...more

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Papua New Guinea is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Papua New Guinea, officially the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, is an Oceanian country that occupies the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and its offshore islands in Melanesia, a ...more

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Mexico is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Mexico Mexico City Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the ...more

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Laos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Laos Vientiane Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and the People's Republic of China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, ...more

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Kyrgyzstan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Kyrgyzstan Bishkek Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, formerly known as Kirghizia, is a country located in Central Asia. Landlocked and mountainous, Kyrgyzstan is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, ...more

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Honduras is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Honduras Tegucigalpa Honduras, officially the Republic of Honduras, is a republic in Central America. It was at times referred to as Spanish Honduras to differentiate it from British Honduras, which became the ...more

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Dominican Republic is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western three-eighths of the island is occupied by the ...more

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Ukraine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Ukraine Kiev Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It has an area of 603,628 km², making it the largest country entirely within Europe. Ukraine borders Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the ...more

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Sierra Leone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Sierra Leone Freetown Sierra Leone, officially the Republic of Sierra Leone, is a country in West Africa. It is bordered by Guinea in the north-east, Liberia in the south-east, and the Atlantic Ocean in the ...more

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Myanmar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Myanmar Naypyidaw Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, commonly shortened to Myanmar, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia bordered by Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. One-third ...more

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Iran is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Iran Tehran Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered to the northwest by Armenia, the de facto independent Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, ...more