7 Most Corrupt Countries in the World

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Corruption is often cited as one of the biggest problems in governments across the world. Though many would like to dismiss it as a third-world problem or as an issue associated with the mobsters and gangsters of yesteryear, corruption is alive and kicking in more countries than you might think.

Transparency International’s study of corruption found that two-thirds of the world’s nations scored below 50 on their corruption index, with the worst possible score being a 0 and the best, 100. While many developed countries posted fine scores — Denmark and New Zealand led the way, tied at 91 — a number of nations in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas lagged behind.

Oftentimes, the countries that experience the most corruption are those wracked by political and military strife. When conflicts occur, it becomes easier for government functions to break down, as everyone tries to get their hands on a bigger share of the pie at any cost. Let’s take a closer look at the seven most corrupt countries in the world.

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7. Iraq

A score of 16 is the first to crack our list, and the first country to do so is Iraq. Occupied by American forces throughout the previous decade, Iraq was long held under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. The government that emerged from the ashes is — though arguably more humanitarian — in many ways no less corrupt than its predecessor. With many local officials also siphoning off public funds and supplies, as well as religious tensions still going unresolved in the country, Iraq still has a ways to go before progress can be made.

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