10 Most Corrupt Countries in The World

What is corruption? Why it occurs? Corruption occurs because it is human nature to take the easy way out and to gain personal benefit from whatever means possible. Both “nature” (Biological) and “nurture” (psychological) factors have a part in corruption.

Corruption occurs because of self-interest. For example, when the United States of America invaded Iraq or Afghanistan, the fact that the United States had an interest in obtaining the oil from those countries may have influenced their decision, because those countries have oil and the United States of America needs it. Maybe those countries were invaded for noble causes or perhaps it is an example of corruption.

It’s clear that corrupt activities by individuals and governments, to the tune of trillions per year, have a huge impact on the world economy. Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) does the next best thing by ranking countries and territories based on how corrupt their administrative and political institutions are perceived to be on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) and a 100 (very clean).

Here is the list containing top 10 Most Corrupt Countries in the world, ranked by Transparency International.

10. Haiti

10 Most Corrupt Countries in The World
Haiti ranks 165 out of 174 countries and earned a score of 19 out of 100.
Haiti was struck by a massive earthquake in 2010, but the 2 billion dollars that came into Haiti as funds for the people inflicted by the earthquake was consumed by the rampant corruption practiced by the bureaucracy. The 2011 Human Rights Report by the U.S. State Department found that corruption “remained widespread in all branches and at all levels of government” even after Haiti elected a new president in 2011. “In this country everything is money,” Chairman of the Port-au-Prince Bar Association Stanley Gaston said. “There isn’t value in any other thing.

9. Venezuela

Petroleum field in Venezuela
Venezuela ranks 165 out of 174 countries and earned a score of 19 out of 100.
The discovery of mass amounts of oil in Venezuela hastened its slide into corruption and by the 1970s the petroleum sucked from the ground was called “the Devil’s excrement” by Venezuelans. Hugo Chavez came by in 1999 promising to remove corruption but did nothing to even slow it down as his movement was accused of the same ills as the movement before him; ills such as political patronage, cronyism, and of course, corruption. In Venezuela, even the police, the department appointed to protect the law, are notorious for their corruption and bribery.

8. Iraq

Situation in Iraq
Iraq ranks 169 out of 174 countries and earned a score of 18 out of 100.
During the Saddam regime, the corruption was so rampant that anyone that so much as lifted a finger against the government was immediately captured and brutally murdered. “Millions of dollars are being stolen, and some of this money is going to terrorist groups,” a former political exile told the BBC in 2009. “The government cannot win the war against the insurgency if it does not fight corruption first. And the war against corruption is much harder to win.”

7. Turkmenistan

terrorist situation in Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan ranks 170 out of 174 countries and earned a score of 17 out of 100.
Turkmenistan spent 69 years under the Soviet Union and their time with the Soviets has left its effects on the government. The country declared independence in 1991, the totalitarian rule of the Soviets left its imprint and has led to a totalitarian control by the government of Turkmenistan. The people suffer intense human rights violations and face severe restrictions whenever they try leaving the country. It has the world’s third worst freedom of the press, and is the tenth most censored country in the world.

6. Uzbekistan

refugees in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan ranks 170 out of 174 countries and earned a score of 17 out of 100.
Uzbekistan is a country rich in resources, but the government does not allow for growth in the independent private sector as they keep control over all the resources. The government, infamous for its authoritarianism, is often called the root of all the corruption and the problems that arise as a result.

5. Myanmar

refugees shelters in Myanmar
Myanmar ranks 172 out of 182 countries and earned a score of 15 out of 100.
Myanmar is rich in natural resources such as oil, timber and gems, a blessing that is more of a curse in this country riddled with drug rings and widespread corruption. After emerging from five decades of military rule in March 2011, Burma (Myanmar) drafted an anti-corruption law, state officials were told to repay embezzled funds and citizens were told to report bribery and corruption. But the country’s rich natural resources such as oil, timber and gems are still controlled by former military-regime insiders.

4. Sudan

Sudan Corruption
Sudan ranks 173 out of 174 countries and earned a score of 13 out of 100.
South Sudan produces half a million barrels per day, and the $10 billion in oil revenues collected since 2005 has funded nearly 98 percent of the government’s budget. But it has lost more than $4 billion due to public sector corruption since gaining self-rule in ’05.

3. Afghanistan

Young Afghani Girl
Afghanistan ranks 174 out of 174 countries and earned a score of 8 out of 10.
Afghanistan is a state riddled with the the corruption of bribery. Bribery and the menace of kickbacks are so commonplace in Afghanistan that 38 percent of the people consider it to be normal.

2. Korea (North)

North Korea People
North Korea ranks 174 out of 174 countries and earned a score of 8 out of 100.
There is little foreign investment in North Korea, and the country is plagued by structural corruption in its political and bureaucratic system since the early 1990s when the Stalinist North Korea collapsed. There is little that is known about North Korea, as once you’re in, you either get captured or find worse fates, or you pay huge bribes to escape, and the testimonies that shed any light on the conditions in North Korea are from the refugees who either paid bribes to escapes or snuck out some other dangerous way.

1. Somalia

Somalia People
Somalia ranks 174 out of 174 countries and earned a score of 8 out of 100.
According to Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index, Somalia is the world’s most corrupt country, highlighting the convergence of conflict and corruption. The corruption and violence was sparked when the US and the USSR used Somalia as a battleground for the political ideologies and backed clans and militias into fighting for their respective sides. Funding from the US really kicked off the particular Siad Barre regime which took corruption to a whole new level. Since the oust of the regime in 1991, Somalia has been essentially lawless and has no government except for parts being governed and fought over by different clans and militias and the coastal areas are riddled by pirates.

  • izq

    iraq is not in top 10.

  • sadone

    America is the most corrupt… where did the billions of bailout go… to fund secret projects to start world war 3

    • Lozzenger

      Get real, yes America has corruption problems every country does, but you can’t compare bailouts to a lawless wasteland run by pirates and fundamentalists. That said India should be on here, they’re incredibly corrupt.

      • raunaq bedi

        currently the elections have happened. Now the Gandhi’s have been taught a lesson, now Modi is the new PM and if he stays true to his party manifesto, India will surely prosper in every possible way!

      • Charles Knows

        OH YES YOU CAN…

  • Alexandre

    what about Brazil?

  • pinoyman

    It’s surprising Nigeria is not in the list…

    • ace

      true.. Nigerian president makes about (or steals) 1.5 B per year. Owns 7 private jets, and thats just the president.. there are governors playing the same game…

  • lucky

    indonesia should be on the list

  • saudi

    saudi arabia

    • Ejaz Khan

      No. Saudi Arabia is not in top 10

  • Baloch

    pakistan is most corrupt country

    • Father of Baloch

      India and Afghanistan are! and yes those who call them baloch and not Pakistani, please go to hell!

    • Nanak


  • Mozart

    I wonder why the Philippines wasn’t included.

  • Lozzenger

    This is a good list but I think that India and Pakistan should replace Haiti and Venezuela. I certainly agree with the top 5 though, although I’d switch 2 and 3 around cos although N Korea is terrible Afghanistan is more or less run by terrorist groups.

  • asd

    Dude where is India
    if you combine top 9 corrupt countries still they are no match for India 😛

  • Robert Reeks

    Look at the definition he gives for the meaning of corruption. That is so far from what corruption is that the rest of the article is bound to suck.

  • Fastercat

    Obviously written by a total moron.

  • Halle Gawin

    How about Papua New Guinea. It is the worst of all. Some where
    in the secret place in the South Pacific MPs and bureaucrats are robbing their own
    people, leaving them in greatest poverty of all time.

  • elsayed

    sudan is not in top 10

  • Imran Khan

    Where is Nigeria, Ghana, Congo, Colombia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and North Korea?!

  • Imran Khan

    Pakistan’s democracy and law constitution have to be the biggest jokers and thieves. The election system is a joke, their is no merit, justice or freedom of speech for the countries civilians. And i am not talking under military dictatorship i am talking under democratic leadership. For example; a local minister who by the way is a illiterate but belongs to Pakistan people party or Muslim league noun, is driving posh cars, buying properties in Marble Arch and Chelsea and dresses in Hugo boss and Armani Collezoni suits inside weeks after being elected by rigged man date. These ‘bandits’ who should be earning no heaven and earth much less than there American and British counterparts, live like kings. Our present prime minister Nawaz Sharif is so rich that he could afford to feed the whole off Pakistan for as long as he wants. The same applies to Mr 10% Asif Ali Zardari. The pair have properties in Mayfair, Marble Arch worth more than billions. They also have private accounts in Swiss banks, London and the US worth billions. All the money is the stolen money of Pakistan. These corrupt leaders are involved in money laundering just to avoid paying more tax in Pakistan. They are a disgrace and until these two ‘bandits’ are not driven out of Pakistani politics forever Pakistan would never prosper! GO NAWAZ GO! STAY IMRAN KHAN STAY!!!!!

  • Joseph M

    China is pretty bad too.

  • Altaho

    what Iraq witnessing this era is really nonesuch! believe me! what u cannot imagine is happening! Fictitious contracts, fake IDs, Embezzlement of billion dollars in the daylight! fraudulence everywhere, Bribes, exceptions and intercession in all governmental institutions and i am not talking in secret! you cannot get hired without paying at least 6 months salary in advance! there is a metaphor here about employees who never exist they are called “spatial employees”! CORRUPTION is EVERYWHERE, laws only applied on the lowest layer of the society !!!!!! in the richest country in the world.
    so needless to say.. unfortunately and dishonorably we are the worst!

  • Ghulam Nabi Malik

    Pakistan is corrupt top ten countries in the world, the best proof is who is EXACT highlighted by American press, since long the Exact was busy to do fraud, it is not possible without the consent of ruling elites at Islamabad and Pakistani Intelligent agency ISI, no doubt i live in this country since 1948, but the basic mind set of the people is no ethical value, being religiosity, no religion is practiced as was prevalent during 1947, now Wahhabi and Shia orthodoxy is imported from KSA and Islamic Republic of Iran, the battle ground is Pakistan. Weak and corrupt political leadership is the cause of terrorism and in turn corruption. So Pakistan is now den of both, illegal business of money laundering and pouring of Rials of KSA and Rials of Iran for terrorism. All segments of society, businessmen, industrialist, political leaders, military general retired and serving, bureaucracy and religious leader mullah of kinds are bribed to running the religous Madrasah.the best reflection is media of Pakistan to whom billions of dollars paid to to run the Channel’ BOLE.

  • pritha ghosh

    thank god you havent mentioned India! I am glad!

  • Nil

    India is the most corrupt country in the world. But the corruption is not happening openly.If you are comman man in India then you realize the real situation of India.You have to pay bribes for getting thing which is very basic for human things such as water,you will get this properly if you pay some bribe to govt. officer.

    • Charkra Subir

      India is one of the corrupt countries in the world, but not the most corrupt country. Some countries are there who are far ahead of India in terms of corruption. Nepotism, bribery are exsisting very much but not everywhere in India.

  • Charles Knows

    USA is by far the most corrupt in the world….In every way shape or form….This crap was written in the USA….What do you expect ? Every word from USA is biggest lie on the planet….Every single LAW is written for the filthy rich slobs…If you call what this Country doe`s for its Citizens the way to run a Country,,think again…Welfare Slaves…Turning its citizens against each other…Spying on every ones privacy….Causing Chaos all over the World..Bringing in illegal immigrants,,,to rape murder and rob their citizens…Criminal housing collapse,,,and no one charged…Bailouts at the expense of the tax payer…THIS COUNTRY IS A CESSPOOL OF CORRUPT POLITICAL TYRANNY …The other Countries are corrupt,,,you can see it..BUT THE USA IS SNEAKY…THEY DO EVERY THING THEY CAN, TO HIDE THAT FACT…Where did the MIDDLE CLASS GO ? WIPED OUT BY THE THIEVES AT THE TOP….SICKENING….PULL YOUR HEADS OUT OF THE SAND……WE ARE SCREWED…ROYALLY………