FCC RegUpdate

The 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) reveals widespread corruption globally. It ranks 180 countries and territories based on perceived public sector corruption, using a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

Most Corrupt Countries

  1. Somalia
  2. Venezuela
  3. Syria
  4. South Sudan
  5. Yemen
  6. Nicaragua
  7. North Korea
  8. Haiti
  9. Equatorial Guinea
  10. Turkmenistan
  11. Libya

Least Corrupt Countries

  1. Denmark
  2. Finland
  3. New Zealand
  4. Norway
  5. Singapore
  6. Sweden
  7. Switzerland
  8. The Netherlands
  9. Germany
  10. Luxembourg


Countries facing conflict, restricted freedoms, and weak democratic institutions typically rank poorly on the Corruption Perceptions Index. Somalia, Venezuela, Syria, and South Sudan are at the bottom this year, followed by Yemen, Nicaragua, North Korea, Haiti, Equatorial Guinea, Turkmenistan, and Libya.

Denmark retains its top position of least corrupt countries for the sixth consecutive year, scoring 90 points. Following closely are Finland and New Zealand, with scores of 87 and 85, respectively. Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany, and Luxembourg complete the top 10 this year, with scores ranging from 78 to 90 points.

Weakening justice systems globally are reducing accountability for public officials, enabling corruption to flourish.