Guest Post: Somalia, Afghanistan, Myanmar Head Top 10 List Of Most Corrupt Countries

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Submitted by the Global Intelligence Report

Somalia, Afghanistan, Myanmar head Top 10 list of most corrupt countries

After recent reports that Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other government officials received bags of cash from Iran, it's no surprise that Afghanistan would be near the top of a ranking published last week of the most corrupt countries in the world.

The Corruption Perceptions Index from Transparency International, a nongovernmental organization based in Berlin and operating in 70 countries, ranked the Central Asian country second only to Somalia and tied with Myanmar for its perceived level of government corruption.

The annual CPI, first published by TI in 1995, aggregates results from 13 different surveys, though not all surveys cover all countries. The surveys used for the 2010 index took place between January 2009 and September 2010. Businesses often use the index to assess corruption risk in foreign countries.

The ranking of 178 countries, which goes from "highly corrupt" at 0 to "very clean" at 10, assigned a 1.1 to Somalia - the East African country where piracy is a way of life for many - and 1.4 to Afghanistan and Myanmar (the former Burma). At the "very clean" end of the scale, Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore tied for top honors with a score of 9.3. See tables at end.

"Nearly three-quarters of the countries surveyed scored less than 5," TI chairman Huguette Labelle said, "indicating a severe problem."

The United States, which ranked 19th "cleanest" in the 2009 index, slipped out of the top 20 this year, coming in at 22nd place. Other industrial countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development also declined in the rankings or failed to improve.

For its part, Russia fell to 154th from 146th last year, putting it among the top 25 most corrupt countries and making it the most corrupt of the Group of 20 leading economies.

"With governments committing huge sums to tackle the world's most pressing problems, from the instability of financial markets to climate change and poverty, corruption remains an obstacle to achieving much-needed progress," Transparency International said in its report.

The group urged countries to renew efforts to adhere to the UN Convention Against Corruption, which became effective in 2005 and legally binds it 140 state signatories (including Afghanistan) to specific anti-corruption measures.

In addition, TI said that its assessment of the 36 industrialized countries party to the OECD anti-bribery convention indicated that as many as 20 show little or no enforcement of the rules, "sending the wrong signal about their commitment to curb corrupt practices."



Rank    Country                       Score

178      Somalia                         1.1

176      Afghanistan                 1.4

176      Myanmar                      1.4

175      Iraq                                 1.5

172      Uzbekistan                  1.6

172      Turkmenistan            1.6

172      Sudan                            1.6

171      Chad                              1.7

170      Burundi                        1.8

168      Equatorial Guinea    1.9

168      Angola                          1.9




Rank    Country                       Score

1          Denmark                       9.3

1          New Zealand              9.3

1          Singapore                     9.3

4          Finland                          9.2

4          Sweden                        9.2

6          Canada                          8.9

7          Netherlands               8.8

8          Australia                      8.7

8          Switzerland                8.7

10        Norway                        8.6

Data source: Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2010

By Global Intelligence Report Analysts


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tony bonn's picture

if anyone knew the truth about america, cia, fed, plutocracy, CONgress etc it would place america in position 0.

Fraud-Esq's picture

The only thing that keeps us in the top 30 is our courts. Problem is, that's being tested right the brink. A lot of this bank civil litigation which could cause mass (and known) insolvencies will further test it. Will the courts get leaned on? That foreclosure fix also almost made it into law. Each one will cost us 5 notches.

Lastly, why does Iran's bag money to Afghan make the news but ours doesn't. We already know they're going to take money from Iran, Pakistan, USA, whoever is a player. They're like a country on the fence during the Cold War....lots of suiters, lots of promises, lots of cash. It's all corporate conquering bullshit. Western corporations versus non-corporate nation states. As a taxpayer not in the oil or mineral business who lives in one such corporate host nation, it's not worth it to me. British corporation that the Founders beat off are getting MORE out of my taxpayer dollars to the US military than me.    

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Exactly.  Our fraud is just more sophisticated than Somalia, Afghanistan, Burma, and Russia!  The last 40 years the biggest growth industry: white collar crime!

bank guy in Brussels's picture

No this is completely wrong. If you have ever worked with common non-bankster people who have experience of the US courts, you then realise the US has the most corrupt court system in the developed world.

The key element is how the US-dominated media companies HIDE the corruption of US courts, which have incarcerated 25 % of all the world's prisoners

Over 2.3 million prisoners ... hundreds of thousand of them innocent ... most of them sentenced under extortions, with no trial ... instant multi-year jailings with no trial or charges just for 'contempt of court' ... people robbed of all their possessions in divorces by corrupt lawyers ... small people almost always trounced by big corporations and the connected ...

This is the biggest bit of internal US fascism that even ZHers don't seem to know, so put to sleep by the US media and all the Hollywood movies about 'trials'.

The bribed US judges work for the oligarchs and the banks, almost invariably, and this includes 'foreclosuregate' nicely stalling the write-downs just when the banks asked the judges to do so.

In the USA about 1 out of every 45 working age males is in prison, right now ... this is from 'fair courts'? Counting everyone, 1 out of every 140 US citizens in prison, when the norm around the world is 1 out of 1000? This is from a 'good' court system? Ha!

MeTarzanUjane's picture

A country earns a rank based on their score. You cannot simply get assigned a rank of position 0. But I agree with the theme of your comment.

Our score would be in the negatives.

Rick64's picture

 The U.S. will exploit the corruption in those countries and guarantee that they stay corrupt thus making us look even less corrupt.

espirit's picture

Without the U.S. in the corrupt list, I think that the veracity of this source is in question.

After all, didn't we do our best to teach the rest of the world our ways?

Adam Neira's picture

Where's Norfolk Island on this list ?

It is going to be kicked out of the Commonwealth of Australia because of the rampant corruption there. Parliament in Canberra had an emergency debate on the subject until midnight last night. My story is one of many. I went there a few years ago and one of the only three taxis on the island picked me up from the airport. Everywhere we went it was one of “Johnno’s” relatives. Tea at one place. Scones at another. Cricket on the TV at his uncles. Beer at his brother's pub. Boot scooting competition with his three nieces. Guided tour of the convict settlements with another brother. Having dinner under the Pines at sunset with him, his wife and their two children. I couldn't escape the place and was fleeced for over $4000 in two weeks. Talk about captive market. The place makes Patpong look like the Vatican.

The people at Transparency International should get out more.



tom a taxpayer's picture

The No. 1 ranking for most corrupt country is Goldmansachsistan.

No. 2 is USCongressistan.

No. 3 is Bernankeisterstan.

Adam Neira's picture

Without going to Google, see if you can name all of the real "Stans" nations in the world. You have 60 seconds, No cheating please. We're British !

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan... How did I do?

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Forgot friggin Tajikistan!  What are they known for???

Adam Neira's picture

Very good. Hope you didn't cheat. You forgot "Narniastan". It is a small island atoll in the Pacific where they bury fantasy authors. It is not very well known on the world stage, and always stumps people when this question is posed.

P.S. The Tajik's helped build the Taj Mahal, thus the "Taj" bit. My friend who was based in the U.N. there told me this so it must be true. He was sacked however after a big night out on the local arak. He was tired of his light blue helmet and spray painted it silver and put a crucifix on it with an eagle. He said he had regressed back to a previous life as Kaiser Wilhelm II. I have some strange friends...


knukles's picture

Your bud channels Kaiser Welheim, too?  Him and me should definitely Not spend some unproductive time together.  T'would definitely be a 5150 situation.

PS  Don't forget Ollieandstan
PSS WTF?  How'd Afghanistan rank so low?  We own the shite-hole?  
Must remember Smedley old bean, peanuts don't fall far from their tins no doubt, what?  Fond memories of His Lordship Grandpa bouncing upon the knees fondling the little ones telling us about huffing the old Sterno tin dry whilst trundling through the Khyber long ago, evading the buggers by day, buggering the lads by night.  Brilliant chap Lord Gramps.  Brilliant.  Fine fellow.  (Harrumphing sound)

umop episdn's picture

Re: Barack's man in the 'stan, the fool in Kabul: producing most of the world's opium will do that to a US colony.

Oh regional Indian's picture

My instinctive response was to agree with Tony Bonn, Poster 1. Where is the US of A on the list?

In this time of double-speak, new-think and Maya, the fact that the US does not figure even in the top ten shows that the list is meaningless.

Another interesting aside. India is corrupt. Extremely so. To the bone.

And you know why? Besides the basic corruptability of people, the brits came and made sure they set a system of reward that encouraged nepotism, cheating, bribery etc. as they only way to get work done here.

You have to pay to play and it is now as commonly accepted as breathing.

Same in all the top ten countries. Notice how they are all former colonies?

Go figure,



blunderdog's picture

Well, according to the post you just read:

The United States, which ranked 19th "cleanest" in the 2009 index, slipped out of the top 20 this year, coming in at 22nd place.

There's no doubt at all the USA is extremely corrupt when looking at the highest levels of wealth and power.  But because those high levels of wealth and power are so concentrated amongst such a tiny percentage of the population, I'd say that helps our rating a great deal.

Effectively 100% of the US population can buy gasoline, Bibles, foodstuffs, tobacco, and chocolate without having to bribe a government official or enter the black market.

Compared to SOME places, that means we're doing very well.

It's unfortunate that the corrupt members of the US society wield so much power and influence.  Because those few thousand folks really are fucking crooks, by and large, and should be run out of town on a rail.

MeTarzanUjane's picture

Well, according to the post that was not read.... lolzer

By direct comparison to the cesspool country the US is doing good so far. But using previous convoluted logic it's because we were not subject to any British influence? So we do not use our streets as toilets and we do not bathe with various corpses in open water bath tubs.

Instead of making excuses, stop breeding for christ sakes. Do the world a fucking favor.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Hey Blunder, I meant to say, why is not Number 1 (or two if you take the british as number 1).

I hear you regarding what you are saying.

Like I said, all meaningless. Everyone is in the same mess.


espirit's picture

Problem is that in any other country you can pass a C-note to the Policia when asked. Here, it might be entrapment which gouges you for even more.

It's still he with the most cash wins - just listen to the media for verification.

lolmaster's picture

if a QE falls in the forest...

nontaxpayer's picture

Corruption in Finland is structural. True, you don't have to pay off a policeman with cash etc, but when IKEA or Lidl tried to set up a shop they couldn't get a planning permission because planning boards are populated by corrupt politicians with ties to large domestic retail chains. People making these surveys are clueless.

gwar5's picture

Well, at least we strive to be #1

Oh regional Indian's picture

Gwar, no place with a system of "elected" judges can ever hope to be fair.

Every system in the US has been set up to look fair and actually be corruptible.

Anyways, all bull-poop. We are in end-game stage.

People can and will make their own rules during a descent into anarchy.

Else, they will tuck their tails in and shuffle along the line to death by a billion cuts, clear on their 90 inch, living room, never turn it off, 3D plasma, two way TeeVees..


Azannoth's picture

That Somalia is no.1 is total bullshit you can't have corruption if you don't have a government by Default, everything in Somalia is for sale for the right price Somalia = the most free market society on Earth, their poverty is not caused by the lack of government or 'corruption' but by their resource poor land and stupidity of the people

lolmao500's picture

After recent reports that Afghan President Hamid Karzai and other government officials received bags of cash from Iran


It seems many people here missed that Karzai also said he received bags of cash FROM THE USA.

Mentaliusanything's picture

The old saying "sleep with dogs - wake up with fleas" comes to mind

ReeferMac's picture

Clearly the US needs to invade Myanmar....

lolmao500's picture

Really bad idea. China has invested tens of billions in Myanmar and they are close allies.


If the missile was a missile and if it were a chinese warning, invading Myanmar would make China nuke the US.

anony's picture

Countries are simply names, they are nominal, meaningless.

PEOPLE, the citizens of countries are venal, corrupt to their core if one views them from that perspective.

I'd side with the philosopher who recognizes that to be human is to be of the inclination if not the drive, to get something for doing nothing.

And for most of humanity if not all 7  billion of us, that is the evolutionary trait and distinction of homo erectus, sapiens and sexualis.

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

Populations of soverign nations take their cues from their leadership.

If the leadership has no moral compass, and is lacking in integrity, the population will know it and respond in kind.

Trust is one of the most difficult intangibles in the world to acquire but can be lost in an instant.

When did the US last have a leader that they trusted, regardless of the results the leadership produced?

My vote would be for President Andrew Jackson, primarily for his stance against the central bankers. Doubtless Jackson made many mistakes but he did get some things right. Here is a link to his Presidential Farewell Address.'s_Farewell_Address

spanish inquisition's picture

I am dissapointed in this, years of streamlining and institutionalizing campaign finance should of made us number 1 (Just look at HFT, donating to stem regulation). Next go round they should add sophistication and style points, we will prevail.

10044's picture

Short the dollar, long the Corruption Perception Index ETF!

MountainMan's picture

On another and silver setting up for a retest of can't keep a good man down!

Snidley Whipsnae's picture

This blog by Charles H Smith seems appropriate for this thread...

"The financialized American economy and Central State are now totally dependent on a steady flow of lies and propaganda for their very survival. Were the truth told, the status quo would collapse in a foul, rotten heap.

Google's famous "don't be evil" is reversed in the American Central State and financial "industry": be evil, because everyone else is evil, too. In other words, lying, fraud, embezzlement, mispresentation of risk, material misrepresentation of facts, the cloaking of truth with half-truths, the replacement of statements of fact with propaganda and spin: these are not the work of a scattered handful of sociopaths: they represent the very essence and heart of the entire status quo."

"Normalization of the unthinkable comes easily when money, status, power, and jobs are at stake.... Intellectuals will be dredged up to justify their (actions). The rationalizations are hoary with age: government knows best, ours is a strictly defensive effort, or, if it wasn't me somebody else would do it. There is also the retreat to ignorance, real, cultivated, or feigned."

MarketFox's picture

Yeah ?

Respectfully disagree.

In a monetary sense...the USA tops all...

And to polish off their crimes...they get one last joust to the public by selling them books about themselves...

And get to live and spend freely thereafter...


Corruption in the US dwarfs that of any other country...and saturates the govt./corporate lobbyist organiztions...

Justice in the US sucks...

Trillions $ your face...and no accountability....

FASCISM....USA style....


And Bush has the nerve to come back to the public eye to sell them a book ?

Unbelievable !!!!!!!!!!!!!


The USA should be executing at least a 1000 or more people for TREASON....



asianist's picture

Frankly they should leave the top 10 places blank, since every country on earth has a sizeable population of the kind of people who'd sell their own mothers into slavery in return for a nice house or two. It's only when their antics have a deleterious (and noticeable) effect on the majority's prosperity that anyone thinks about doing anything to stop them.

SheepDog-One's picture

LOL, US Gubment doesnt make the list? Worthless article.

andyupnorth's picture

Example of USA's rotten Federal "Justice":

Tyler, can you renew some awareness about Martin Armstrong?