25 Of The Most Corrupt Countries In The World

Want to know which are the top corrupt countries / governments in the world? While corruption can be found in just about every country, it is more widespread in some than others. We looked through a list of countries from failed states to emerging democracies to present you with the list of 25 most corrupt countries in the world.

Disclaimer: this list is based on Transparency International’s annual rankings for 2014. While most of these countries are undergoing civil unrest and political instability, the unifying factor here is widespread political and economic corruption.

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20

Cambodia

most corrupt countries

After decades of murderous genocide and civil war, Cambodia has enjoyed relative peace for the last 2 decades although civil unrest continues. It is also still one of the poorest countries in the world.

Score: 21

19

Burma (Myanmar)

most corrupt countries

After 40 years of rule by a military junta, this reclusive state held its first election in 2010. In spite of this, conflict remains as the Burmese majority has been accused of numerous human rights abuses against minority groups. The country is also one of the least developed in the world and remains very rural and poor.

Score: 21

18

Zimbabwe

most corrupt countries

Under the longtime authoritarian rule of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s economy and infrastructure have become a mess with most of its population living in abject poverty.

Score: 21

17

Burundi

most corrupt countries

A poor country dominated by years of ethnic violence and genocide, Burundi managed to stabilize itself briefly but is constantly on the verge of falling back into conflict.

Score: 20

16

Syria

most corrupt countries

An international pariah and focal point of conflict, Syria has been fraught with violence, genocide, and ethnic conflict. Lawlessness is prevalent and groups such as Islamic State have claimed much of its territory.

Score: 20

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