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The Most Corrupt Countries in the World

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.4M views 180 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.

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

Language: Arabic Language, Somali Language

Founded: 1960-06-26

Currency: Somali shilling

Area: 637657.0

Government: Federal republic, Republic, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Qolobaa Calankeed, Soomaaliyeey toosoo

Divisions: Lower Shebelle, Woqooyi Galbeed, Middle Juba, Awdal, Middle Shebelle, + more

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

Language: English Language

Founded: 2011-07-09

Currency: South Sudanese pound

Area: 619745.0

Government: Representative democracy, Presidential system, Federal republic, Republic

Anthem: South Sudan Oyee!

Divisions: Central Equatoria, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Western Equatoria, Jonglei, + more

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

Language: Arabic Language

Founded: 1961-09-28

Currency: Syrian pound

Area: 185180.0

Government: Semi-presidential system, Unitary republic

Anthem: Humat ad-Diyar

Divisions: As-Suwayda, Daraa, Tartus Governorate, Deir ez-Zor, Lattakia, + more

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

Language: Korean Language

Founded: 1919-03-01

Currency: North Korean won

Area: 120540.0

Government: Single-party state, Juche, Totalitarianism, Family dictatorship

Anthem: Aegukka

Divisions: Kaesong, South Hamgyong Province, North Pyongan, Kangwon Province, Ryanggang Province, + more

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

Language: Arabic Language

Founded: 1990-05-22

Currency: Yemeni rial

Area: 527970.0

Government: Presidential system, Republic, Constitutional republic, Unitary state

Anthem: United Republic

Divisions: Abyan Governorate, Hajjah Governorate, Dhamar Governorate, Sana'a Governorate, Al Bayda' Governorate, + more

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

Language: Farsi, Eastern Language, Pashto language

Founded: 1919-08-08

Currency: Afghan afghani

Area: 652225.0

Government: Islamic republic

Anthem: Afghan National Anthem

Divisions: Helmand Province, Takhar Province, Faryab Province, Zabul Province, Paktika Province, + more

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

Language: French Language, Portuguese Language, Spanish Language

Founded: 1968-10-12

Currency: Central African CFA franc

Area: 28051.0

Government: Presidential system, Republic, Dictatorship, Unitary state

Anthem: Caminemos pisando las sendas de nuestra inmensa felicidad

Divisions: Litoral Province, Kié-Ntem Province, Bioko Sur Province, Centro Sur Province, Annobón Province, + more

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

Language: Portuguese Language

Founded: 1973-09-24

Currency: West African CFA franc

Area: 36120.0

Government: Republic, Semi-presidential system

Anthem: Esta É a Nossa Pátria Bem Amada

Divisions: Quinara Region, Biombo Region, Bissau Region, Bolama Region, Bafatá Region, + more

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

Language: Arabic Language, English Language

Founded: 1956-01-01

Currency: Sudanese pound

Area: 2505813.0

Government: Representative democracy, Presidential system, Federal republic

Anthem: Nahnu Jund Allah Jund Al-watan

Divisions: Darfur Regional Authority, River Nile, Darfur, Sennar, Northern, + more

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

Language: Kirundi language, French Language

Founded: 1962-07-01

Currency: Burundian franc

Area: 27830.0

Government: Republic

Anthem: Burundi Bwacu

Divisions: Rutana Province, Mwaro Province, Kayanza Province, Ngozi Province, Cibitoke Province, + more

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Libya is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Corrupt Countries in the World
Tripoli

Language: Arabic Language

Founded: 1947-02-10

Currency: Libyan dinar

Area: 1759540.0

Government: Provisional government, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Allahu Akbar, Libya, Libya, Libya

Divisions: Sawfajjin District, Jabal al Akhdar, Kufra District, Zawiya, Libya, + more

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

Language: Arabic Language, Kurdish language

Founded: 1919-10-01

Currency: Iraqi dinar

Area: 437072.0

Government: Federal republic, Republic, Parliamentary system, Parliamentary republic

Anthem: Ardulfurataini Watan, Mawtini

Divisions: Maysan Province, Al-Qādisiyyah Governorate, Saladin Province, Muthanna Province, Dhi Qar Province, + more

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

Language: Spanish Language

Founded: 1811-07-05

Currency: Venezuelan bolívar

Area: 916445.0

Government: Socialist state, Presidential system, Federal republic, Republic, Federation, + more

Anthem: Gloria al Bravo Pueblo

Divisions: Federal Dependencies of Venezuela, Delta Amacuro, Aragua, Barinas, Venezuela, + more

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

Language: Portuguese Language

Founded: 1975-11-11

Currency: Angolan kwanza

Area: 1246700.0

Government: Presidential system, Republic, Unitary state

Anthem: Angola Avante

Divisions: Cabinda Province, Lunda Norte Province, Moxico Province, Huambo Province, Huíla Province, + more

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

Language: Arabic Language, French Language

Founded: 1960-08-11

Currency: Central African CFA franc

Area: 1284000.0

Government: Presidential system

Anthem: La Tchadienne

Divisions: Lac Prefecture, Salamat Prefecture, Guéra Prefecture, Logone Oriental Prefecture, Mayo-Kébbi Prefecture, + more

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

Language: French Language

Founded: 1960-08-15

Currency: Central African CFA franc

Area: 342000.0

Government: Socialist state, Presidential system, Republic

Anthem: La Congolaise

Divisions: Likouala Department, Cuvette Department, Bouenza Department, Sangha Department, Niari Department, + more

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

Language: Khmer language

Founded: 1953-11-09

Currency: Cambodian riel

Area: 181035.0

Government: Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy

Anthem: Nokor Reach

Divisions: Siem Reap Province, Preah Vihear, Battambang Province, Sihanoukville, Phnom Penh, + more

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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Kinshasa

Language: French Language

Founded: 1960-06-30

Currency: Congolese franc

Area: 2345409.0

Government: Republic, Semi-presidential system

Anthem: Debout Congolais

Divisions: Kasaï-Occidental, Maniema, Bandundu, Sud-Kivu, Katanga Province, + more

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

Language: French Language, Haitian Creole French Language

Founded: 1697

Currency: Haitian gourde

Area: 27751.0

Government: Republic, Semi-presidential system, Unitary state

Anthem: La Dessalinienne

Divisions: Sud Department, Ouest Department, Centre Department, Nippes Department, Artibonite Department, + more

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

Language: Turkmen Language

Founded: 1991-10-27

Currency: Turkmenistan manat

Area: 488100.0

Government: Presidential system, Republic

Anthem: National anthem of Turkmenistan

Divisions: Ahal Province, Mary Province, Lebap Province, Daşoguz Province, Balkan Province

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

Language: Shona Language, English Language, Northern Ndebele language

Founded: 1980-04-18

Currency: Botswana pula, South African rand, UK £, Euro, United States dollar

Area: 390580.0

Government: Republic, Semi-presidential system

Anthem: National Anthem of Zimbabwe, Ishe Komborera Africa

Divisions: Harare, Bulawayo, Mashonaland West Province, Midlands Province, Manicaland Province, + more

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

Language: Portuguese Language

Founded: 1975-06-25

Currency: Mozambican metical

Area: 801590.0

Government: Presidential system, Republic

Anthem: Pátria Amada

Divisions: Gaza Province, Manica Province, Inhambane, Nampula Province, Niassa Province, + more

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

Language: Uzbek language

Currency: Uzbekistani som

Area: 447400.0

Government: Presidential system, Republic

Anthem: National Anthem of Uzbekistan

Divisions: Sirdaryo Province, Tashkent, Surxondaryo Province, Jizzakh Province, Namangan Province, + more

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

Language: Arabic Language, Tigrigna Language, English Language

Founded: 1991-05-24

Currency: Eritrean nakfa

Area: 117600.0

Government: Presidential system

Anthem: Ertra, Ertra, Ertra

Divisions: Anseba Region, Northern Red Sea Region, Gash-Barka Region, Debub Region, Maekel Region, + more

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

Language: Azerbaijani language

Founded: 1991-08-30

Currency: Azerbaijani manat

Area: 86600.0

Government: Presidential system, Republic, Constitutional republic, Unitary state

Anthem: Azərbaycan marşı

Divisions: Shabran District, Ağcabədi, Saatly District, Qazax, Jabrayil District, + more

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

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