Corruption Perceptions Index 2009

Corruption Perceptions Index 2009 map

It is essential to identify where corruption blocks good governance and accountability, in order to break its corrosive cycle."

– Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International

As the world economy begins to register a tentative recovery and some nations continue to wrestle with ongoing conflict and insecurity, it is clear that no region of the world is immune to the perils of corruption.

The vast majority of the 180 countries included in the 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) score below five on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 10 (perceived to have low levels of corruption).

Fragile, unstable states that are scarred by war and ongoing conflict linger at the bottom of the index.These are: Somalia, with a score of 1.1, Afghanistan at 1.3, Myanmar at 1.4 and Sudan tied with Iraq at 1.5. These results demonstrate that countries which are perceived to have the highest levels of public-sector corruption are also those plagued by long-standing conflicts, which have torn apart their governance infrastructure.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2009: Results

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Rank Country/Territory CPI 2009 Score Surveys Used Confidence Range
1 New Zealand 9.4 6 9.1 - 9.5
2 Denmark 9.3 6 9.1 - 9.5
3 Singapore 9.2 9 9.0 - 9.4
3 Sweden 9.2 6 9.0 - 9.3
5 Switzerland 9.0 6 8.9 - 9.1
6 Finland 8.9 6 8.4 - 9.4
6 Netherlands 8.9 6 8.7 - 9.0
8 Australia 8.7 8 8.3 - 9.0
8 Canada 8.7 6 8.5 - 9.0
8 Iceland 8.7 4 7.5 - 9.4
11 Norway 8.6 6 8.2 - 9.1
12 Hong Kong 8.2 8 7.9 - 8.5
12 Luxembourg 8.2 6 7.6 - 8.8
14 Germany 8.0 6 7.7 - 8.3
14 Ireland 8.0 6 7.8 - 8.4
16 Austria 7.9 6 7.4 - 8.3
17 Japan 7.7 8 7.4 - 8.0
17 United Kingdom 7.7 6 7.3 - 8.2
19 United States 7.5 8 6.9 - 8.0
20 Barbados 7.4 4 6.6 - 8.2
21 Belgium 7.1 6 6.9 - 7.3
22 Qatar 7.0 6 5.8 - 8.1
22 Saint Lucia 7.0 3 6.7 - 7.5
24 France 6.9 6 6.5 - 7.3
25 Chile 6.7 7 6.5 - 6.9
25 Uruguay 6.7 5 6.4 - 7.1
27 Cyprus 6.6 4 6.1 - 7.1
27 Estonia 6.6 8 6.1 - 6.9
27 Slovenia 6.6 8 6.3 - 6.9
30 United Arab Emirates 6.5 5 5.5 - 7.5
31 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 6.4 3 4.9 - 7.5
32 Israel 6.1 6 5.4 - 6.7
32 Spain 6.1 6 5.5 - 6.6
34 Dominica 5.9 3 4.9 - 6.7
35 Portugal 5.8 6 5.5 - 6.2
35 Puerto Rico 5.8 4 5.2 - 6.3
37 Botswana 5.6 6 5.1 - 6.3
37 Taiwan 5.6 9 5.4 - 5.9
39 Brunei Darussalam 5.5 4 4.7 - 6.4
39 Oman 5.5 5 4.4 - 6.5
39 Korea (South) 5.5 9 5.3 - 5.7
42 Mauritius 5.4 6 5.0 - 5.9
43 Costa Rica 5.3 5 4.7 - 5.9
43 Macau 5.3 3 3.3 - 6.9
45 Malta 5.2 4 4.0 - 6.2
46 Bahrain 5.1 5 4.2 - 5.8
46 Cape Verde 5.1 3 3.3 - 7.0
46 Hungary 5.1 8 4.6 - 5.7
49 Bhutan 5.0 4 4.3 - 5.6
49 Jordan 5.0 7 3.9 - 6.1
49 Poland 5.0 8 4.5 - 5.5
52 Czech Republic 4.9 8 4.3 - 5.6
52 Lithuania 4.9 8 4.4 - 5.4
54 Seychelles 4.8 3 3.0 - 6.7
55 South Africa 4.7 8 4.3 - 4.9
56 Latvia 4.5 6 4.1 - 4.9
56 Malaysia 4.5 9 4.0 - 5.1
56 Namibia 4.5 6 3.9 - 5.1
56 Samoa 4.5 3 3.3 - 5.3
56 Slovakia 4.5 8 4.1 - 4.9
61 Cuba 4.4 3 3.5 - 5.1
61 Turkey 4.4 7 3.9 - 4.9
63 Italy 4.3 6 3.8 - 4.9
63 Saudi Arabia 4.3 5 3.1 - 5.3
65 Tunisia 4.2 6 3.0 - 5.5
66 Croatia 4.1 8 3.7 - 4.5
66 Georgia 4.1 7 3.4 - 4.7
66 Kuwait 4.1 5 3.2 - 5.1
69 Ghana 3.9 7 3.2 - 4.6
69 Montenegro 3.9 5 3.5 - 4.4
71 Bulgaria 3.8 8 3.2 - 4.5
71 FYR Macedonia 3.8 6 3.4 - 4.2
71 Greece 3.8 6 3.2 - 4.3
71 Romania 3.8 8 3.2 - 4.3
75 Brazil 3.7 7 3.3 - 4.3
75 Colombia 3.7 7 3.1 - 4.3
75 Peru 3.7 7 3.4 - 4.1
75 Suriname 3.7 3 3.0 - 4.7
79 Burkina Faso 3.6 7 2.8 - 4.4
79 China 3.6 9 3.0 - 4.2
79 Swaziland 3.6 3 3.0 - 4.7
79 Trinidad and Tobago 3.6 4 3.0 - 4.3
83 Serbia 3.5 6 3.3 - 3.9
84 El Salvador 3.4 5 3.0 - 3.8
84 Guatemala 3.4 5 3.0 - 3.9
84 India 3.4 10 3.2 - 3.6
84 Panama 3.4 5 3.1 - 3.7
84 Thailand 3.4 9 3.0 - 3.8
89 Lesotho 3.3 6 2.8 - 3.8
89 Malawi 3.3 7 2.7 - 3.9
89 Mexico 3.3 7 3.2 - 3.5
89 Moldova 3.3 6 2.7 - 4.0
89 Morocco 3.3 6 2.8 - 3.9
89 Rwanda 3.3 4 2.9 - 3.7
95 Albania 3.2 6 3.0 - 3.3
95 Vanuatu 3.2 3 2.3 - 4.7
97 Liberia 3.1 3 1.9 - 3.8
97 Sri Lanka 3.1 7 2.8 - 3.4
99 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3.0 7 2.6 - 3.4
99 Dominican Republic 3.0 5 2.9 - 3.2
99 Jamaica 3.0 5 2.8 - 3.3
99 Madagascar 3.0 7 2.8 - 3.2
99 Senegal 3.0 7 2.5 - 3.6
99 Tonga 3.0 3 2.6 - 3.3
99 Zambia 3.0 7 2.8 - 3.2
106 Argentina 2.9 7 2.6 - 3.1
106 Benin 2.9 6 2.3 - 3.4
106 Gabon 2.9 3 2.6 - 3.1
106 Gambia 2.9 5 1.6 - 4.0
106 Niger 2.9 5 2.7 - 3.0
111 Algeria 2.8 6 2.5 - 3.1
111 Djibouti 2.8 4 2.3 - 3.2
111 Egypt 2.8 6 2.6 - 3.1
111 Indonesia 2.8 9 2.4 - 3.2
111 Kiribati 2.8 3 2.3 - 3.3
111 Mali 2.8 6 2.4 - 3.2
111 Sao Tome and Principe 2.8 3 2.4 - 3.3
111 Solomon Islands 2.8 3 2.3 - 3.3
111 Togo 2.8 5 1.9 - 3.9
120 Armenia 2.7 7 2.6 - 2.8
120 Bolivia 2.7 6 2.4 - 3.1
120 Ethiopia 2.7 7 2.4 - 2.9
120 Kazakhstan 2.7 7 2.1 - 3.3
120 Mongolia 2.7 7 2.4 - 3.0
120 Vietnam 2.7 9 2.4 - 3.1
126 Eritrea 2.6 4 1.6 - 3.8
126 Guyana 2.6 4 2.5 - 2.7
126 Syria 2.6 5 2.2 - 2.9
126 Tanzania 2.6 7 2.4 - 2.9
130 Honduras 2.5 6 2.2 - 2.8
130 Lebanon 2.5 3 1.9 - 3.1
130 Libya 2.5 6 2.2 - 2.8
130 Maldives 2.5 4 1.8 - 3.2
130 Mauritania 2.5 7 2.0 - 3.3
130 Mozambique 2.5 7 2.3 - 2.8
130 Nicaragua 2.5 6 2.3 - 2.7
130 Nigeria 2.5 7 2.2 - 2.7
130 Uganda 2.5 7 2.1 - 2.8
139 Bangladesh 2.4 7 2.0 - 2.8
139 Belarus 2.4 4 2.0 - 2.8
139 Pakistan 2.4 7 2.1 - 2.7
139 Philippines 2.4 9 2.1 - 2.7
143 Azerbaijan 2.3 7 2.0 - 2.6
143 Comoros 2.3 3 1.6 - 3.3
143 Nepal 2.3 6 2.0 - 2.6
146 Cameroon 2.2 7 1.9 - 2.6
146 Ecuador 2.2 5 2.0 - 2.5
146 Kenya 2.2 7 1.9 - 2.5
146 Russia 2.2 8 1.9 - 2.4
146 Sierra Leone 2.2 5 1.9 - 2.4
146 Timor-Leste 2.2 5 1.8 - 2.6
146 Ukraine 2.2 8 2.0 - 2.6
146 Zimbabwe 2.2 7 1.7 - 2.8
154 Côte d´Ivoire 2.1 7 1.8 - 2.4
154 Papua New Guinea 2.1 5 1.7 - 2.5
154 Paraguay 2.1 5 1.7 - 2.5
154 Yemen 2.1 4 1.6 - 2.5
158 Cambodia 2.0 8 1.8 - 2.2
158 Central African Republic 2.0 4 1.9 - 2.2
158 Laos 2.0 4 1.6 - 2.6
158 Tajikistan 2.0 8 1.6 - 2.5
162 Angola 1.9 5 1.8 - 1.9
162 Congo Brazzaville 1.9 5 1.6 - 2.1
162 Democratic Republic of Congo 1.9 5 1.7 - 2.1
162 Guinea-Bissau 1.9 3 1.8 - 2.0
162 Kyrgyzstan 1.9 7 1.8 - 2.1
162 Venezuela 1.9 7 1.8 - 2.0
168 Burundi 1.8 6 1.6 - 2.0
168 Equatorial Guinea 1.8 3 1.6 - 1.9
168 Guinea 1.8 5 1.7 - 1.8
168 Haiti 1.8 3 1.4 - 2.3
168 Iran 1.8 3 1.7 - 1.9
168 Turkmenistan 1.8 4 1.7 - 1.9
174 Uzbekistan 1.7 6 1.5 - 1.8
175 Chad 1.6 6 1.5 - 1.7
176 Iraq 1.5 3 1.2 - 1.8
176 Sudan 1.5 5 1.4 - 1.7
178 Myanmar 1.4 3 0.9 - 1.8
179 Afghanistan 1.3 4 1.0 - 1.5
180 Somalia 1.1 3 0.9 - 1.4

Background information

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 180 countries and territories. A composite index, the CPI is based on 13 different expert and business surveys.

Video introduction to CPI 2009 by Robin Hodess