Corruption Perceptions Index 2001

There is a worldwide corruption crisis. That is the clear message from the year 2001 Corruption Perceptions Index."

– Peter Eigen, Chair of Transparency International

The 2001 Corruption Perceptions Index ranks 91 countries. Some of the richest countries in the world – Finland, Denmark, New Zealand, Iceland, Singapore and Sweden – scored 9 or higher out of a clean score of 10 in the new CPI, indicating very low levels of perceived corruption. But 55 countries – many of which are among the world's poorest – scored less than 5, suggesting high levels of perceived corruption in government and public administration. The countries with a score of 2 or less are Azerbaijan, Bolivia, Cameroon, Kenya, Indonesia, Uganda, Nigeria and Bangladesh.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2001: Results

Rank Country/Territory CPI 2001 Score Surveys Used Standard Deviation High-Low Range
1 Finland 9.9 7 0.6 9.2 - 10.6
2 Denmark 9.5 7 0.7 8.8 - 10.6
3 New Zealand 9.4 7 0.6 8.6 - 10.2

4

Iceland 9.2 6 1.1 7.4 - 10.1
Singapore 9.2 12 0.5 8.5 - 9.9
6 Sweden 9.0 8 0.5 8.2 - 9.7
7 Canada 8.9 8 0.5 8.2 - 9.7
8 Netherlands 8.8 7 0.3 8.4 - 9.2
9 Luxembourg 8.7 6 0.5 8.1 - 9.5
10 Norway 8.6 7 0.8 7.4 - 9.6
11 Australia 8.5 9 0.9 6.8 - 9.4
12 Switzerland 8.4 7 0.5 7.4 - 9.2
13 United Kingdom 8.3 9 0.5 7.4 - 8.8
14 Hong Kong 7.9 11 0.5 7.2 - 8.7
15 Austria 7.8 7 0.5 7.2 - 8.7

16

Israel 7.6 8 0.3 7.3 - 8.1
USA 7.6 11 0.7 6.1 - 9.0

18

Chile 7.5 9 0.6 6.5 - 8.5
Ireland 7.5 7 0.3 6.8 - 7.9
20 Germany 7.4 8 0.8 5.8 - 8.6
21 Japan 7.1 11 0.9 5.6 - 8.4
22 Spain 7.0 8 0.7 5.8 - 8.1
23 France 6.7 8 0.8 5.6 - 7.8
24 Belgium 6.6 7 0.7 5.7 - 7.6
25 Portugal 6.3 8 0.8 5.3 - 7.4
26 Botswana 6.0 3 0.5 5.6 - 6.6
27 Taiwan 5.9 11 1.0 4.6 - 7.3
28 Estonia 5.6 5 0.3 5.0 - 6.0
29 Italy 5.5 9 1.0 4.0 - 6.9
30 Namibia 5.4 3 1.4 3.8 - 6.7

31

Hungary 5.3 10 0.8 4.0 - 6.2
Trinidad & Tobago 5.3 3 1.5 3.8 - 6.9
Tunisia 5.3 3 1.3 3.8 - 6.5
34 Slovenia 5.2 7 1.0 4.1 - 7.1
35 Uruguay 5.1 4 0.7 4.4 - 5.8
36 Malaysia 5.0 11 0.7 3.8 - 5.9
37 Jordan 4.9 4 0.8 3.8 - 5.7

38

Lithuania 4.8 5 1.5 3.8 - 7.5
South Africa 4.8 10 0.7 3.8 - 5.6

40

Costa Rica 4.5 5 0.7 3.7 - 5.6
Mauritius 4.5 5 0.7 3.9 - 5.6

42

Greece 4.2 8 0.6 3.6 - 5.6
South Korea 4.2 11 0.7 3.4 - 5.6

44

Peru 4.1 6 1.1 2.0 - 5.3
Poland 4.1 10 0.9 2.9 - 5.6
46 Brazil 4.0 9 0.3 3.5 - 4.5

47

Bulgaria 3.9 6 0.6 3.2 - 5.0
Croatia 3.9 3 0.6 3.4 - 4.6
Czech Republic 3.9 10 0.9 2.6 - 5.6
50 Colombia 3.8 9 0.6 3.0 - 4.5

51

Mexico 3.7 9 0.6 2.5 - 5.0
Panama 3.7 3 0.4 3.1 - 4.0
Slovak Republic 3.7 7 0.9 2.1 - 4.9

54

Egypt 3.6 7 1.5 1.2 - 6.2
El Salvador 3.6 5 0.9 2.0 - 4.3
Turkey 3.6 9 0.8 2.0 - 4.5

57

Argentina 3.5 9 0.6 2.9 - 4.4
China 3.5 10 0.4 2.7 - 3.9

59

Ghana 3.4 3 0.5 2.9 - 3.8
Latvia 3.4 3 1.2 2.0 - 4.3

61

Malawi 3.2 3 1.0 2.0 - 3.9
Thailand 3.2 12 0.9 0.6 - 4.0

63

Dominican Rep 3.1 3 0.9 2.0 - 3.9
Moldova 3.1 3 0.9 2.1 - 3.8

65

Guatemala 2.9 4 0.9 2.0 - 4.2
Philippines 2.9 11 0.9 1.6 - 4.8
Senegal 2.9 3 0.8 2.2 - 3.8
Zimbabwe 2.9 6 1.1 1.6 - 4.7

69

Romania 2.8 5 0.5 2.0 - 3.4
Venezuela 2.8 9 0.4 2.0 - 3.6

71

Honduras 2.7 3 1.1 2.0 - 4.0
India 2.7 12 0.5 2.1 - 3.8
Kazakhstan 2.7 3 1.3 1.8 - 4.3
Uzbekistan 2.7 3 1.1 2.0 - 4.0

75

Vietnam 2.6 7 0.7 1.5 - 3.8
Zambia 2.6 3 0.5 2.0 - 3.0

77

Cote d´Ivoire 2.4 3 1.0 1.5 - 3.6
Nicaragua 2.4 3 0.8 1.9 - 3.4

79

Ecuador 2.3 6 0.3 1.8 - 2.6
Pakistan 2.3 3 1.7 0.8 - 4.2
Russia 2.3 10 1.2 0.3 - 4.2
82 Tanzania 2.2 3 0.6 1.6 - 2.9
83 Ukraine 2.1 6 1.1 1.0 - 4.3

84

Azerbaijan 2.0 3 0.2 1.8 - 2.2
Bolivia 2.0 5 0.6 1.5 - 3.0
Cameroon 2.0 3 0.8 1.2 - 2.9
Kenya 2.0 4 0.7 0.9 - 2.6

88

Indonesia 1.9 12 0.8 0.2 - 3.1
Uganda 1.9 3 0.6 1.3 - 2.4
90 Nigeria 1.0 4 0.9 -0.1 - 2.0
91 Bangladesh 0.4 3 2.9 -1.7 - 3.8

 

Note on the Bangladesh score
Data for this country in 2001 was available from only three independent survey sources, and each of these yielded very different results. While the composite score is 0.4, the range of individual survey results is from -1.7 to +3.8. This is a greater range than for any other country. TI stresses, therefore, that this result needs to be viewed with caution.

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