Top 10 Most Corrupt Countries in the World, 2019

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Nigeria, a country not new to corruption rankings, is perceived to be the most corrupt country in Africa and the fourth most corrupt country in the world, according to USNEWS 2019 corruption ranking.

Top 10 Most Corrupt Countries in the World, 2019

Nigeria, a country not new to corruption rankings, is perceived to be the most corrupt country in Africa and the fourth most corrupt country in the world, according to USNEWS 2019 corruption ranking, a characterization of 80 countries based on a survey of more than 20,000 global citizens.

In the survey, respondents answered how closely they related each of the 80 countries to the term “corrupt,” an adjective that has Merriam-Webster juggling definitions from “tainted or rotten” to “morally debased.” Respondents were given no further specifications of the term, so interpretation of the word was left to them.

Iraq was perceived to be the most corrupt country in the world while Pakistan – a country accused of knowingly harboring the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden – who died in 2011 – follows at No. 2, and Iran places third on the corruption ranking. Nigeria, which is plagued by stories of scams and political irresponsibility, makes an appearance at No. 4, and colombia completes the top 5.

Other African countries that made the list of most corrupt countries in the world are Angola and Ghana, they were ranked 6th and 8th respectively.

Below are the 10 countries perceived to be the most corrupt in the world

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See Current Ranking – Top 20 Most (and Least) Corrupt Countries in Africa, 2020


Corrupt Rank Country
1 Iraq
2 Pakistan
3 Iran
4 Nigeria
5 Colombia
6 Angola
7 Mexico
8 Ghana
9 Myanmar
10 Guatemala
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