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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, 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.

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Somalia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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
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
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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North Korea is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Yemen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Afghanistan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Equatorial Guinea is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Guinea-Bissau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Sudan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Burundi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Libya is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Iraq is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Angola is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Chad is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Congo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Cambodia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Democratic Republic of the Con... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Haiti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Turkmenistan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Zimbabwe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Mozambique is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Uzbekistan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Eritrea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
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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Azerbaijan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Baku
Azerbaijan, officially the Republic of Azerbaijan, is a contiguous transcontinental presidential republic in the Caucasus region, situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. ...more