Corruption is a major issue for companies, organisations, governments and individuals around the world.

The World Economic Forum estimates that corrupt practices could cost the world economy over 2 trillion USD per year.

Embezzlement can hurt profits, bribery can leak funds and unbalance the level playing field of commerce. Complex non-transparency and solicitation can hinder sustainable development and economic growth. Extortion and blackmail can deter foreign direct investment.

For travellers it can also pose a significant operational concern, especially when bribes are demanded by members of the organisations supposed to ensure safety and good governance in a country such as the police, army or officials.

According to anecdotal evidence gathered by Starling, the following countries have the worst rates of corruption in the world:

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • DPRK
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Iraq
  • Libya
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen

The following countries have high rates of corruption:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • DRC
  • Gambia
  • Guinea
  • Honduras
  • Iran
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Lebanon
  • Madagascar
  • Maldives
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Russia
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Zimbabwe

The following countries are deemed to have fairly high levels of corruption:

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Burkina Faso
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Cote D’Ivoire
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Gabon
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Jamaica
  • Kiribati
  • Kosovo
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Nauru
  • Niger
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Territories
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Sri Lanka
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam
  • Zambia

Finally, the following countries are thought to have moderate rates of corruption. Conditions are not nearly as bad as some of the countries listed above but there is still room for improvement.

  • Bahrain
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Cape Verde
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia
  • Namibia
  • Oman
  • Romania
  • Rwanda
  • Samoa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Turkey
Corruption rates around the world
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