Transparency International’s latest annual review lists Somalia, South Sudan, North Korea and Syria are perceived to be the most corrupt countries in the world.
A total of 176 countries from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be the least corrupt) are ranked in the research for the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016. These rankings are done according to expert assessments and opinion surveys. The global average score is a paltry 43, indicating endemic corruption in a country’s public sector. As a result, the top-scoring countries (yellow in the map below) are far outnumbered by orange and red countries where citizens face the tangible impact of corruption on a daily basis.
In conclusion, according to the analysis of the study, lower ranking countries are plagued by untrustworthy and badly functioning public institutions like the police and judiciary. While, higher-ranked countries tend to have higher degrees of press freedom, access to information about public expenditure, stronger standards of integrity for public officials, and independent judicial systems.
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The top 10 ranked nations perceived to be the least corrupt are:
• New Zealand
And the most corrupt countries as ranked on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 are:
• South Sudan
• North Korea