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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

    Somalia

    Mogadishu

    LanguageArabic Language, Somali Language

    Founded1960-06-26

    CurrencySomali shilling

    Area637657.0

    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

    LanguageEnglish Language

    Founded2011-07-09

    CurrencySouth Sudanese pound

    Area619745.0

    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

    Syria

    Damascus

    LanguageArabic Language

    Founded1961-09-28

    CurrencySyrian pound

    Area185180.0

    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

    North Korea

    Pyongyang

    LanguageKorean Language

    Founded1919-03-01

    CurrencyNorth Korean won

    Area120540.0

    GovernmentSingle-party state, Juche, Totalitarianism, Family dictatorship

    AnthemAegukka

    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

    Yemen

    Sana'a

    LanguageArabic Language

    Founded1990-05-22

    CurrencyYemeni rial

    Area527970.0

    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

    LanguageFarsi, Eastern Language, Pashto language

    Founded1919-08-08

    CurrencyAfghan afghani

    Area652225.0

    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

    LanguageFrench Language, Portuguese Language, Spanish Language

    Founded1968-10-12

    CurrencyCentral African CFA franc

    Area28051.0

    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
  • 8
    Guinea-Bissau

    LanguagePortuguese Language

    Founded1973-09-24

    CurrencyWest African CFA franc

    Area36120.0

    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

    Sudan

    Khartoum

    LanguageArabic Language, English Language

    Founded1956-01-01

    CurrencySudanese pound

    Area2505813.0

    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
  • 10
    Burundi

    Burundi

    Bujumbura

    LanguageKirundi language, French Language

    Founded1962-07-01

    CurrencyBurundian franc

    Area27830.0

    GovernmentRepublic

    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

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  • 11
    Libya

    Libya

    Tripoli

    LanguageArabic Language

    Founded1947-02-10

    CurrencyLibyan dinar

    Area1759540.0

    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

    Iraq

    Baghdad

    LanguageArabic Language, Kurdish language

    Founded1919-10-01

    CurrencyIraqi dinar

    Area437072.0

    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

    Venezuela

    Caracas

    LanguageSpanish Language

    Founded1811-07-05

    CurrencyVenezuelan bolívar

    Area916445.0

    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

    Angola

    Luanda

    LanguagePortuguese Language

    Founded1975-11-11

    CurrencyAngolan kwanza

    Area1246700.0

    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

    Chad

    N'Djamena

    LanguageArabic Language, French Language

    Founded1960-08-11

    CurrencyCentral African CFA franc

    Area1284000.0

    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

    Congo

    Brazzaville

    LanguageFrench Language

    Founded1960-08-15

    CurrencyCentral African CFA franc

    Area342000.0

    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

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  • 17
    Cambodia

    Cambodia

    Phnom Penh

    LanguageKhmer language

    Founded1953-11-09

    CurrencyCambodian riel

    Area181035.0

    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 Congo

    LanguageFrench Language

    Founded1960-06-30

    CurrencyCongolese franc

    Area2345409.0

    GovernmentRepublic, Semi-presidential system

    AnthemDebout Congolais

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

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  • 19
    Haiti

    Haiti

    Port-au-Prince

    LanguageFrench Language, Haitian Creole French Language

    Founded1697

    CurrencyHaitian gourde

    Area27751.0

    GovernmentRepublic, Semi-presidential system, Unitary state

    AnthemLa Dessalinienne

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

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  • 20
    Turkmenistan

    Turkmenistan

    Ashgabat

    LanguageTurkmen Language

    Founded1991-10-27

    CurrencyTurkmenistan manat

    Area488100.0

    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

    Zimbabwe

    Harare

    LanguageShona Language, English Language, Northern Ndebele language

    Founded1980-04-18

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

    Area390580.0

    GovernmentRepublic, Semi-presidential system

    AnthemNational Anthem of Zimbabwe, Ishe Komborera Africa

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

    Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in southern... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Mozambique

    LanguagePortuguese Language

    Founded1975-06-25

    CurrencyMozambican metical

    Area801590.0

    GovernmentPresidential system, Republic

    AnthemPátria Amada

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

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  • 23
    Uzbekistan

    Uzbekistan

    Tashkent

    LanguageUzbek language

    CurrencyUzbekistani som

    Area447400.0

    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

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  • 24
    Eritrea

    Eritrea

    Asmara

    LanguageArabic Language, Tigrigna Language, English Language

    Founded1991-05-24

    CurrencyEritrean nakfa

    Area117600.0

    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

    LanguageAzerbaijani language

    Founded1991-08-30

    CurrencyAzerbaijani manat

    Area86600.0

    GovernmentPresidential system, Republic, Constitutional republic, Unitary state

    AnthemAzərbaycan marşı

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

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