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Transparency International Corruption Perceptions 2021 Index (CPI) says - The world is at a standstill


This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) reveals that corruption levels are at a worldwide standstill. This year, the global average remains unchanged for the tenth year in a row, at just 43 out of a possible 100 points. Despite multiple commitments, 131 countries have made no significant progress against corruption in the last decade.

Two-thirds of countries score below 50, indicating serious corruption problems, while 27 countries are at their lowest score ever.

The CPI ranks 180 countries and territories worldwide by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The results are given on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).


  • Denmark, Finland and New Zealand, each with a score of 88 = This year, the top countries are
  • Norway (85), Singapore (85), Sweden (85), Switzerland (84), the Netherlands (82), Luxembourg (81) and Germany (80)


  • South Sudan (11), Syria (13) and Somalia (13) remain at the bottom of the Index.

Countries experiencing armed conflict or authoritarianism tend to earn the lowest scores, including

  • Venezuela (14), Afghanistan (16), North Korea (16),Yemen (16), Equatorial Guinea (17), Libya (17) and Turkmenistan (19).

In the last five years, several countries have fallen significantly down the Index, including

  • Canada (-8), Nicaragua (-6), Honduras (-6) and Venezuela (-4).

The most significant improvers over the same period are

  • Armenia (+14), Angola (+10), South Korea (+8), Uzbekistan (+6), Moldova (+5) and Ethiopia (+4).

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