Top 10 Most Corrupt Countries in the World

It is impossible to find a country on this planet without corruption as it is like fever that quickly spreads among people and countries to cause destruction. It is true that the level of corruption varies from one country to another one, but there is not any country in which the corruption level is zero. There are countless factors that lead to increasing the level of corruption in different countries around the world such as the political chaos, instability, bad economic conditions, the absence of strict laws and what is more important than all of that is the corruption of the rulers themselves and the police officers as they are responsible for all of that and without them, everything is going to be okay. Corruption has become like a fact of life and it may stay hidden away from our eyes or it is exposed by media to come out to light and to be known for all of us whether we are inside or outside this country that suffers from corruption. To discover more about the countries that suffer from corruption, take a look at the following top 10 most corrupt countries in the world.

10. Tajikistan – 22


It is officially known as the Republic of Tajikistan and is ranked as the 10th most corrupt country in the world and the least corrupt country on the list with a corruption score of 22. The current president of Tajikistan is Emomali Rahmon and the main reasons behind corruption in this country are fragile economy, absence of transparency, weak laws, mismanagement of economy and the involvement of government officials in the black market operations.

9. Democratic Republic of Congo – 22

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It is also referred to as Congo or DRC and its corruption score is the same like Tajikistan as it is 22 to be ranked as the 9th most corrupt country in the world. The country’s current president is Joseph Kabila and the factors that are responsible for corruption in the country return back to the past during the reign of the former president Mobutu Sese Seko from 1965 to 1997 as he and the government officials robbed the country.

8. Burundi – 21

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It is officially known as the Republic of Burundi and its current president is Pierre Nkurunziza. The country is ranked as the 8th most corrupt country in the world with a high corruption score of 21. Corruption in Burundi is caused by the failed government that does not have the ability to manage the resources of the country in addition to the other problems from which the country suffers such as economic stagnancy that is caused by suppressing the private competition, deterioration in public services, poverty as 80% of those who live in this country are poor and there is also bad health care as one in fifteen adults suffer from AIDS.

7. Venezuela – 20


Venezuela is the 7th most corrupt country in the world as the corruption score that is given to it is 20. The official name of Venezuela is the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its current president is Nicolás Maduro. The main reason behind corruption in the country is the officials who are involved in different serious operations which are done by serial murderers, kidnappers, drug traffickers and even terrorists. Army commanders are also involved in such crimes and there are unaccounted public funds which are transferred to private foreign accounts outside the country.

6. Cambodia – 20

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It is officially called the Kingdom of Cambodia and its current king is Norodom Sihamoni while the Prime Minister is Hun Sen. Cambodia is ranked as the 6th most corrupt country in the world since its corruption score is 20. Bribes are the main reason behind corruption in Cambodia and there are also other reasons such as the weak laws that do not even protect those whistle-blowers when they do not have what proves their claims to be thrown in prisons for up to 6 months, poverty and mismanagement of the resources since 45% of the land that is rich in resources is leased to private investors leaving 70% of the Cambodians living on just $2 per day.

5. Chad – 19 


Chad which is officially known as the Republic of Chad is the 5th most corrupt country in the world with a high corruption score of 19. The current president of Chad is Idriss Déby and the corruption that can be found in the country is caused by the disability of the state to make use of the resources in the country especially the oil production that witnesses unprecedented boom which is enough for leading the country to prosperity and for improving different public services, but nothing of that happens.

4. Yemen – 18 

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Yemen is officially referred to as the Republic of Yemen and its current president is Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi. The country is ranked as the 4th most corrupt country in the world thanks to its corruption score which is 18. Corruption can be found in different sectors in the country and every tier in the government which leads to losing more than $10 billion every year. Most of the officials in Yemen including those in the security forces and judiciary authority are responsible for the corruption from which the country suffers. Violating human rights, torturing citizens and arresting them arbitrarily by government forces are also among the problems that can be found in Yemen and are responsible for increasing the problem of corruption.

3. Uzbekistan – 17 


The Republic of Uzbekistan comes as the 3rd most corrupt country in the world as its corruption score is 17. Uzbekistan’s current president is Islam Karimov and corruption in the country is caused by bribes. Everything in the country even policy and government positions is sold like goods for those who pay the most. Bribes and giving money for getting something are not considered as legal issues and in case they become issues, there will be no prosecution because of the corruption of the court, absence of money, lack of time or because workers and judges do not exist in courts to do their work.

2. Iraq – 16 


The Republic of Iraq is the 2nd most corrupt country in the world and this is because its corruption score is 16. The current president of Iraq is Fuad Masum and corruption is not the only problem from which Iraq suffers now as there are other problems that can be found in it and you can say that Iraq has started to fall since the American invasion in 2003 and the death of Saddam Hussein. Chaos, political instability, weak laws and mismanagement of resources are the main reasons behind corruption in Iraq and stealing its oil revenues.


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1. Sudan – 11 


Here you are the most corrupt country in the world. Can you see corruption in it? The Republic of Sudan is ranked as the most corrupt country in the world with the highest corruption score of 11. The current president of Sudan since 1989 is Omar al-Bashir and he established the first anti-corruption agency in Sudan in 2012 to be just a ploy for hiding corruption not more than that. Instead of fighting corruption by the new agency, it fights those whistle-blowers who make allegations without proofs to be finally arrested and thrown into prisons for being tortured. It is also alleged that about $9 billion of the country’s money were transformed to be hidden now in bank accounts in London for Omar al-Bashir.

“It is all about abusing public power for achieving private benefits”


The officials are the main cause of that

They are the real thieves

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► Note: The higher the corruption score is, the lower the corruption level will be in these countries. “0” refers to the highest level of corruption, while “100” refers to the lowest level of corruption. 

Sara Nagi

Sara Nagi is an Egyptian writer and activist. After earning a degree in English literature from Cairo University, she began working as a journalist and publishing articles on social issues.Nagi rose to prominence with her debut short story collection "Hawaween" in 2008, which explored feminist themes and was groundbreaking for Arabic literature at the time. She has since published several other acclaimed short story collections and novels that have been translated into multiple languages.In addition to her literary work, Nagi co-founded Basma, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women survivors of violence and single mothers. She has been vocal on women's rights issues in Egypt through columns, public speaking engagements and advocacy campaigns.Her contributions to both Arabic fiction and social activism have earned Nagi several international awards, including the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature from the American University in Cairo. Forbes Middle East recognized her as one of the 100 most powerful Arab women in 2018.Nagi continues to push boundaries with her writing while raising awareness about gender equality through her work with Basma and other organizations.
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