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World's 30 most corrupt countries

Last updated on: December 5, 2011 18:27 IST

Image: Residents ride on a pick-up truck that supplies milk and other items in Somalia's capital Mogadishu.
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Public outcry at corruption, impunity and economic instability sent shockwaves around the world in 2011.

Protests in many countries quickly spread to unite people from all parts of society. Their backgrounds may be diverse, but their message is the same: more transparency and accountability is needed from our leaders.

Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories according to their perceived levels of public sector corruption.

The data sources used to compile the index include questions relating to the abuse of public power and focus on: bribery of public officials, kickbacks in public procurement, embezzlement of public funds, and on questions that probe the strength and effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts in the public sector.

As such, it covers both the administrative and political aspects of corruption. In producing the index, the scores of countries/territories for the specific corruption-related questions in the data sources are combined to calculate a single score for each country.

It is an aggregate indicator that combines different sources of information about corruption, making it possible to compare countries.

Let us take a look at 30 most corrupt countries, based on Transparency International's study.

Somalia

Score: 1

Region rank: 48

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sources: 4

Confidence range: 0.6-1.4

World ranking: 182

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Image: A woman pulls her child in a cart at the North Korean border city of Kaesong.
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North Korea

Score: 1

Region rank: 35

Region: Asia-Pacific

Sources: 3

Confidence range: 0.7-1.3

World ranking: 182

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Image: The giant standing Buddha in Monywa, about 136 km northwest of Mandalay.
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Myanmar

Score: 1.5

Region rank: 33

Region: Asia-Pacific

Sources: 4

Confidence range: 1-1.9

World ranking: 180

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Image: Children ride on a Ferris wheel in Kabul.
Photographs: Reuters

Afghanistan

Score: 1.5

Region rank: 33

Region: Asia-Pacific

Sources: 4

Confidence range: 1.4-1.7

World ranking: 180

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Image: People walk across a snow covered Khast Imam square in Tashkent.
Photographs: Reuters

Uzbekistan

Score: 1.6

Region rank: 19

Region: Eastern-Europe and Central Europe

Sources: 6

Confidence range: 1.5-1.8

World ranking: 177

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Image: A wedding convoy passes Turkmen flag near mausoleum of the country's former leader Niyazov near Ashgabat.
Photographs: Reuters

Turkmenistan

Score: 1.6

Region rank: 19

Region: Eastern Europe and Central Europe

Sources: 3

Confidence range: 1.4-1.8

World ranking: 177

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Image: A camel sits on a truck in Suakin, Sudan.
Photographs: Reuters

Sudan

Score: 1.6

Region rank: 47

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sources: 6

Confidence range: 1.4-1.7

World ranking: 177

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Image: A view of the tourist village of Habaniya, near Falluja, Iraq.
Photographs: Reuters

Iraq

Score: 1.8

Region rank: 18

Region: Middle East and North Africa

Sources: 4

Confidence range: 1.7-1.9

World ranking: 175

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Image: Haitian women walk down a street in Port-au-Prince.
Photographs: Reuters

Haiti

Score: 1.8

Region rank: 32

Region: Americas

Sources: 5

Confidence range: 1.6-2

World ranking: 175

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Image: People have a drink at 360, a three-tiered rooftop bar, in Caracas.
Photographs: Reuters

Venezuela

Score: 1.9

Region rank: 31

Region: Americas

Sources: 9

Confidence range: 1.7-2.1

World ranking: 172

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Image: A view of capital Malabo.

Equatorial Guinea

Score: 1.9

Region rank: 45

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sources: 3

Confidence range: 1.8-2

World ranking: 172

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Image: Maasai warriors perform a traditional dance.

Burundi

Score: 1.9

Region rank: 45

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sources: 6

Confidence range: 1.7-2.2

World ranking: 172

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Image: A view of Leptis Magna, a Unesco World Heritage site.

Libya

Score: 2

Region rank: 17

Region: Middle East and North Africa

Sources: 6

Confidence range: 1.8-2.2

World ranking: 168

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Democratic Republic of Congo

Score: 2

Region rank: 42

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sources: 5

Confidence range: 1.9-2.2

World ranking: 168

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Image: A view of Bredjing refugee camp in Chad.
Photographs: Reuters

Chad

Score: 2

Region rank: 42

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sources: 6

Confidence range: 2-2.1

World ranking: 168

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Image: Office blocks under construction stand behind the Angolan central bank building in capital Luanda.
Photographs: Reuters

Angola

Score: 2

Region rank: 42

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sources: 8

Confidence range: 1.8-2.2

World ranking: 168

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Image: A view of historical city of Shibam in Yemen.
Photographs: Reuters

Yemen

Score: 2.1

Region rank: 16

Region: Middle East and North Africa

Sources: 6

Confidence range: 1.9-2.3

World ranking: 164

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Image: Women spin yarn at a presentation of traditional handicraft in Osh.
Photographs: Reuters

Kyrgyzstan

Score: 2.1

Region rank: 18

Region: Eastern Europe and Central Europe

Sources: 8

Confidence range: 2-2.3

World ranking: 164

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Image: A view of Conakry.

Guinea

Score: 2.1

Region rank: 41

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sources: 6

Confidence range: 1.9-2.3

World ranking: 164

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Image: A view of Phnom Penh.
Photographs: Reuters

Cambodia

Score: 2.1

Region rank: 32

Region: Asia-Pacific

Sources: 10

Confidence range: 1.9-2.4

World ranking: 164

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Image: A tourist sips her drink while watching elephants graze at an exclusive hotel in Livingstone.
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Zimbabwe

Score: 2.2

Region rank: 35

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sources: 8

Confidence range: 1.6-2.9

World ranking: 154

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Image: Lapacho trees, the Paraguayan national tree, blossom in Asuncion.
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Paraguay

Score: 2.2

Region rank: 30

Region: Americas

Sources: 6

Confidence range: 2-2.5

World ranking: 154

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Image: Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea

Score: 2.2

Region rank: 29

Region: Asia-Pacific

Sources: 6

Confidence range: 1.9.2.4

World ranking: 154

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Image: Kathmandu, Nepal.
Photographs: Reuters

Nepal

Score: 2.2

Region rank: 29

Region: Asia-Pacific

Sources: 6

Confidence range: 2.1.2.4

World ranking: 154

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Image: Laos.
Photographs: Reuters

Laos

Score: 2.2

Region rank: 29

Region: Asia-Pacific

Sources: 4

Confidence range: 2.2.5

World ranking: 154

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Image: Nairobi, Kenya.
Photographs: Reuters

Kenya

Score: 2.2

Region rank: 35

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sources: 9

Confidence range: 2.2.4

World ranking: 154

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Image: Guinea-Bissau.
Photographs: Reuters

Guinea-Bissau

Score: 2.2

Region rank: 35

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sources: 4

Confidence range: 2.2.4

World ranking: 154

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Image: Girls work on cocoa beans in Sankadiokrou.
Photographs: Reuters

Ivory Coast

Score: 2.2

Region rank: 35

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sources: 8

Confidence range: 2.2.5

World ranking: 154

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Image: A fisherman casts his line in Lake Kivu, Goma.
Photographs: Reuters

Congo Republic

Score: 2.2

Region rank: 35

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sources: 6

Confidence range: 2.2.3

World ranking: 154

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Image: The Presidential Palace in capital Bangui.
Photographs: Reuters

Central African Republic

Score: 2.2

Region rank: 35

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Sources: 4

Confidence range: 2.1-2.3

World ranking: 154

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