Corruption Perceptions Index

The Corruption Perceptions Index of Transparency International

Corruption is a factor not to be ignored in the global economy. This is underlined by the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which is published every year by Transparency International.

The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, uses a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two-thirds of countries score below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43.  

It reveals that the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy around the world. While there are exceptions, the data shows that despite some progress, most countries are failing to make serious inroads against corruption. 

Interactive Chart

Corruption is a global problem. Hover your mouse over a country to view its score, rank and comparison against last year. Dark red indicates a highly corrupt public sector. Lighter red and orange countries fare a bit better, but corruption among public institutions and employees is still common. Yellow countries are perceived as cleaner, but not perfect. If a country is not featured in the ranking (grey in the map), then this is solely because of insufficient survey information and not an indication that corruption does not exist in the country.

More than two-thirds of countries score below 50, while the average score is just 43. Perhaps most disturbing is that the vast majority of countries assessed have made little to no progress. Only 20 have made significant progress in recent years. 

Not one single country, anywhere in the world, is corruption-free.

Using the map
Left-click on a country for its score, rank and progress compared to last year. Use cursor arrows for moving the map (after clicked on it). Use map buttons for zoom.

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