Based on Transparency International’s 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), we have compiled a list of the 10 most corrupted countries in the world. A rating is given to determine a country’s corruption levels where 0 (stands for highly corrupt) and a 100 (very clean). Here are the 10 most corrupt countries in the world.
The most corrupt country in the world is Somalia. The CPI gave it an 8 rating out of 100. The country is ravaged by political conflicts and war on the streets; the politicians and government officials have taken advantage of these situations. Since the regime was ousted in 1991, Somalia doesn’t have a proper governing body and it is almost lawless.
2. North Korea
North Korea is a controversial communist country. CPI gave the country a score of 8 out of 100 ranking it an extremely corrupted country. The country thinks of itself as self sufficient and it seldom allows foreign intruders into the country. It is hard to get in and out of this country.
Afghanistan comes 3rd on the list of most corrupted countries in the world, which is hardly a coveted list to be in. It got a rating of 8 out of 100 from the Corruption Perception Index. The country is in a political turmoil and most officials take bribes to give their families a better life.
The country is rich in oil and it produces around half a million barrels each day. Most of the revenue earned from oil funds makes up nearly 98 % of the government’s budget. Now, the corrupt government officials are responsible for embezzling more than $4 billion since 2005. It earned a rating of 13 out of 100 according to CPI.
Myanmar earned a score of 15 out of 100 by CPI. The country places 5th on our list. The country has plenty of natural resources like oil, timber, gems etc and most of them are controlled by the military –regime insiders. It is not hard to predict where the money goes.
The 2012 Corruption Perception Index gave Uzbekistan a rating of 17 out of 100. The government of Uzbekistan is hell bent on stopping growth in the independent private sector as they intend to be in control of all the resources of the country.
Turkmenistan received a rating of 17 out of 100 by the CPI. The Soviet Union controlled the country for 69 years until it received its independence in 1991. The people of Turkmenistan haven’t received freedom even after the independence and they suffer from human rights violations too. The government manages to take everything under its control including even the press.
Iraq is a country that has been ravaged by political turmoil and war. The country was most corrupted under the regime of Saddam Hussein. During his reign, millions of dollars were reportedly stolen to fund terrorist activities. It received a rating of 18 out of 100.
Venezuela is 9th on our list of being the most corrupted country in the world. The CPI gave the country a score of 19 out of 100. Corruption began with the discovery of oil in the country. Residents of the country even termed the petroleum from the ground as “The Devil’s Excrement”. The Venezuelan police are renowned worldwide for taking bribes as their government salaries are extremely low to sustain the lives of their families.
Haiti rounds off our list, being the 10th most corrupted country in the world. It earned a score of 19 out of 100 by the Corruption Perception Index in 2012. When people all over the world raised $2 billion in funds to help Haiti recovery from a massive earthquake, the money grabbing officials made sure they filled their pockets before using it for official purposes. The country rates money as everything.