Corruption Perceptions Index 2005

2005 CPI map graphic

Corruption is a major cause of poverty as well as a barrier to overcoming it."

– Peter Eigen, Chair of Transparency International
(see full statement)

More than two-thirds of the 159 nations surveyed in Transparency International's 2005 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) scored less than 5 out of a clean score of 10, indicating serious levels of corruption in a majority of the countries surveyed.

The 2005 Index bears witness to the double burden of poverty and corruption borne by the world's least developed countries.

"Corruption is a major cause of poverty as well as a barrier to overcoming it," said Transparency International Chairman Peter Eigen. “The two scourges feed off each other, locking their populations in a cycle of misery. Corruption must be vigorously addressed if aid is to make a real difference in freeing people from poverty.”

Despite progress on many fronts, including the imminent entry into force of the United Nations Convention against Corruption, seventy countries – nearly half of those included in the Index – scored less than 3 on the CPI, indicating a severe corruption problem. Among the countries included in the Index, corruption is perceived as most rampant in Chad,Bangladesh, Turkmenistan, Myanmar and Haiti – also among the poorest countries in the world.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2005: Results

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Rank Country/Territory CPI 2005 Score Confidence Range Surveys Used
1 Iceland 9.7 9.5 - 9.7 8

2

Finland 9.6 9.5 - 9.7 9
New Zealand 9.6 9.5 - 9.7 9
4 Denmark 9.5 9.3 - 9.6 10
5 Singapore 9.4 9.3 - 9.5 12
6 Sweden 9.2 9.0 - 9.3 10
7 Switzerland 9.1 8.9 - 9.2 9
8 Norway 8.9 8.5 - 9.1 9
9 Australia 8.8 8.4 - 9.1 13
10 Austria 8.7 8.4 - 9.0 9

11

Netherlands 8.6 8.3 - 8.9 9
United Kingdom 8.6 8.3 - 8.8 11
13 Luxembourg 8.5 8.1 - 8.9 8
14 Canada 8.4 7.9 - 8.8 11
15 Hong Kong 8.3 7.7 - 8.7 12
16 Germany 8.2 7.9 - 8.5 10
17 USA 7.6 7.0 - 8.0 12
18 France 7.5 7.0 - 7.8 11

19

Belgium 7.4 6.9 - 7.9 9
Ireland 7.4 6.9 - 7.9 10

21

Chile 7.3 6.8 - 7.7 10
Japan 7.3 6.7 - 7.8 14
23 Spain 7.0 6.6 - 7.4 10
24 Barbados 6.9 5.7 - 7.3 3
25 Malta 6.6 5.4 - 7.7 5
26 Portugal 6.5 5.9 - 7.1 9
27 Estonia 6.4 6.0 - 7.0 11

28

Israel 6.3 5.7 - 6.9 10
Oman 6.3 5.2 - 7.3 5
30 United Arab Emirates 6.2 5.3 - 7.1 6
31 Slovenia 6.1 5.7 - 6.8 11

32

Botswana 5.9 5.1 - 6.7 8
Qatar 5.9 5.6 - 6.4 5
Taiwan 5.9 5.4 - 6.3 14
Uruguay 5.9 5.6 - 6.4 6
36 Bahrain 5.8 5.3 - 6.3 6

37

Cyprus 5.7 5.3 - 6.0 5
Jordan 5.7 5.1 - 6.1 10
39 Malaysia 5.1 4.6 - 5.6 14

40

Hungary 5.0 4.7 - 5.2 11
Italy 5.0 4.6 - 5.4 9
South Korea 5.0 4.6 - 5.3 12
43 Tunisia 4.9 4.4 - 5.6 7
44 Lithuania 4.8 4.5 - 5.1 8
45 Kuwait 4.7 4.0 - 5.2 6
46 South Africa 4.5 4.2 - 4.8 11

47

Czech Republic 4.3 3.7 - 5.1 10
Greece 4.3 3.9 - 4.7 9
Namibia 4.3 3.8 - 4.9 8
Slovakia 4.3 3.8 - 4.8 10

51

Costa Rica 4.2 3.7 - 4.7 7
El Salvador 4.2 3.5 - 4.8 6
Latvia 4.2 3.8 - 4.6 7
Mauritius 4.2 3.4 - 5.0 6

55

Bulgaria 4.0 3.4 - 4.6 8
Colombia 4.0 3.6 - 4.4 9
Fiji 4.0 3.4 - 4.6 3
Seychelles 4.0 3.5 - 4.2 3

59

Cuba 3.8 2.3 - 4.7 4
Thailand 3,8 3.5 - 4.1 13
Trinidad and Tobago 3,8 3.3 - 4.5 6

62

Belize 3.7 3.4 - 4.1 3
Brazil 3,7 3.5 - 3.9 10
64 Jamaica 3.6 3.4 - 3.8 6

65

Ghana 3.5 3.2 - 4.0 8
Mexico 3.5 3.3 - 3.7 10
Panama 3.5 3.1 - 4.1 7
Peru 3.5 3.1 - 3.8 7
Turkey 3.5 3.1 - 4.0 11

70

Burkina Faso 3.4 2.7 - 3.9 3
Croatia 3.4 3.2 - 3.7 7
Egypt 3.4 3.0 - 3.9 9
Lesotho 3.4 2.6 - 3.9 3
Poland 3.4 3.0 - 3.9 11
Saudi Arabia 3.4 2.7 - 4.1 5
Syria 3.4 2.8 - 4.2 5
77 Laos 3.3 2.1 - 4.4 3

78

China 3.2 2.9 - 3.5 14
Morocco 3.2 2.8 - 3.6 8
Senegal 3.2 2.8 - 3.6 6
Sri Lanka 3.2 2.7 - 3.6 7
Suriname 3.2 2.2 - 3.6 3

83

Lebanon 3.1 2.7 - 3.3 4
Rwanda 3.1 2.1 - 4.1 3

85

Dominican Republic 3.0 2.5 - 3.6 6
Mongolia 3.0 2.4 - 3.6 4
Romania 3.0 2.6 - 3.5 11

88

Armenia 2.9 2.5 - 3.2 4
Benin 2.9 2.1 - 4.0 5
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2.9 2.7 - 3.1 6
Gabon 2.9 2.1 - 3.6 4
India 2.9 2.7 - 3.1 14
Iran 2.9 2.3 - 3.3 5
Mali 2.9 2.3 - 3.6 8
Moldova 2.9 2.3 - 3.7 5
Tanzania 2.9 2.6 - 3.1 8

97

Algeria 2.8 2.5 - 3.3 7
Argentina 2.8 2.5 - 3.1 10
Madagascar 2.8 1.9 - 3.7 5
Malawi 2.8 2.3 - 3.4 7
Mozambique 2.8 2.4 - 3.1 8
Serbia and Montenegro 2.8 2.5 - 3.3 7

103

Gambia 2.7 2.3 - 3.1 7
Macedonia 2.7 2.4 - 3.2 7
Swaziland 2.7 2.0 - 3.1 3
Yemen 2.7 2.4 - 3.2 5

107

Belarus 2.6 1.9 - 3.8 5
Eritrea 2.6 1.7 - 3.5 3
Honduras 2.6 2.2 - 3.0 7
Kazakhstan 2.6 2.2 - 3.2 6
Nicaragua 2.6 2.4 - 2.8 7
Palestine 2.6 2.1 - 2.8 3
Ukraine 2.6 2.4 - 2.8 8
Vietnam 2.6 2.3 - 2.9 10
Zambia 2.6 2.3 - 2.9 7
Zimbabwe 2.6 2.1 - 3.0 7

117

Afghanistan 2.5 1.6 - 3.2 3
Bolivia 2.5 2.3 - 2.9 6
Ecuador 2.5 2.2 - 2.9 6
Guatemala 2.5 2.1 - 2.8 7
Guyana 2.5 2.0 - 2.7 3
Libya 2.5 2.0 - 3.0 4
Nepal 2.5 1.9 - 3.0 4
Philippines 2.5 2.3 - 2.8 13
Uganda 2.5 2.2 - 2.8 8

126

Albania 2.4 2.1 - 2.7 3
Niger 2.4 2.2 - 2.6 4
Russia 2.4 2.3 - 2.6 12
Sierra Leone 2.4 2.1 - 2.7 3

130

Burundi 2.3 2.1 - 2.5 3
Cambodia 2.3 1.9 - 2.5 4
Congo, Republic of 2.3 2.1 - 2.6 4
Georgia 2.3 2.0 - 2.6 6
Kyrgyzstan 2.3 2.1 - 2.5 5
Papua New Guinea 2.3 1.9 - 2.6 4
Venezuela 2.3 2.2 -2.4 10

137

Azerbaijan 2.2 1.9 - 2.5 6
Cameroon 2.2 2.0 - 2.5 6
Ethiopia 2.2 2.0 - 2.5 8
Indonesia 2.2 2.1 - 2.5 13
Iraq 2.2 1.5 - 2.9 4
Liberia 2.2 2.1 - 2.3 3
Uzbekistan 2.2 2.1 - 2.4 5

144

Congo, Democratic Republic 2.1 1.8 - 2.3 4
Kenya 2.1 1.8 - 2.4 8
Pakistan 2.1 1.7 - 2.6 7
Paraguay 2.1 1.9 - 2.3 7
Somalia 2.1 1.6 - 2.2 3
Sudan 2.1 1.9 - 2.2 5
Tajikistan 2.1 1.9 - 2.4 5
151 Angola 2.0 1.8 - 2.1 5

152

Cote d'Ivoire 1.9 1.7 - 2.1 4
Equatorial Guinea 1.9 1.6 - 2.1 3
Nigeria 1.9 1.7 - 2.0 9

155

Haiti 1.8 1.5 - 2.1 4
Myanmar 1.8 1.7 - 2.0 4
Turkmenistan 1.8 1.7 - 2.0 4

158

Bangladesh 1.7 1.4 - 2.0 7
Chad 1.7 1.3 - 2.1 6

Background information

  • CPI Score relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by business people and country analysts and ranges between 10 (highly clean) and 0 (highly corrupt).
  • Confidence range provides a range of possible values of the CPI score. This reflects how a country's score may vary, depending on measurement precision. Nominally, with 5 percent probability the score is above this range and with another 5 percent it is below. However, particularly when only few sources (n) are available an unbiased estimate of the mean coverage probability is lower than the nominal value of 90%.
  • Surveys used refers to the number of surveys that assessed a country's performance. 16 surveys and expert assessments were used and at least 3 were required for a country to be included in the CPI.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Corruption Perceptions Index 2005
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