Corruption Perception Index 2018: Highlights

Published on Saturday, February 23, 2019
Corruption Perception Index 2018: Highlights


  • The report is published by Transparency International. The report measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories. The index scores on level of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

Key Findings

  • The ranking showed an increase in the perceived corruption in Australia, Chile and Malta.
  • For the first time since the United States dropped out of the top 20 and it was ranked at 22nd rank
  • Along with Brazil, US is placed in the watch list by Transparency International.
  • Top ranked countries :
    • Denmark (Score 88/100)
    • New Zealand (87)
    • Finland (85)
    • Singapore (85)
    • Sweden (85) 
  • Bottom-ranked countries :
    • North Korea (14)
    • Yemen (14)
    • South Sudan (13)
    • Syria (13)
    • Somalia (10) 
  • The report highlights connection between healthy democracies and successfully fighting corruption in the public sector and notes that corruption is much more likely to flourish where democratic foundations are weak. 
  • More than two-thirds of evaluated countries scored below 50 points, while the average score remained at last year’s level of only 43 points.
  • Beating corruption is crucial to healthy democracy. There are no full democracies that score below 50 on the CPI. Similarly, very few countries that have autocratic characteristics score higher than 50. India has been ranked in Asia-Pacific region whose average score is 44/100.
  • India is ranked at 78th position with score of 41/100.

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