Ranking Of Top 10 Most Corrupt Countries Worldwide (2019)

According to usnews.com, the ranking of top 10 most corrupt countries were measured based on a survey of more than 16,000 people from four regions. This year 2019, Iraq surprisingly ranked first on the list.

Last year, Nigeria was indexed first on the list because of the supposed corruption fight that its democratic government was fighting. If there is one thing similar about corrupt nations, it is the fact that democracy suffers a lot in such countries.

Russia, the second most powerful country in the world was also indexed as the sixth world’s most corrupt country last year also. The list looked bias as countries either opposed to US policies or the under-developed ones were all included.

Here are the 10 most corrupt countries of the world 2019

Country Name Corrupt Rank Best Countries Overall Rank
Iraq Corrupt Rank: 1 Best Countries Overall Rank: 80
Pakistan Corrupt Rank: 2 Best Countries Overall Rank: 75
Iran Corrupt Rank: 3 Best Countries Overall Rank: 79
Nigeria Corrupt Rank: 4 Best Countries Overall Rank: 74
Colombia Corrupt Rank: 5 Best Countries Overall Rank: 66
Angola Corrupt Rank: 6 Best Countries Overall Rank: 78
Mexico Corrupt Rank: 7 Best Countries Overall Rank: 35
Ghana Corrupt Rank: 8 Best Countries Overall Rank: 69
Myanmar Corrupt Rank: 9 Best Countries Overall Rank: 61
Guatemala Corrupt Rank: 10 Best Countries Overall Rank: 64

What is your take on the list of the world’s most corrupt countries. Do you think the list is bias?

Top 10 Most Corrupt Countries In The World 2019

  • Iraq

Iraq has been ranked first as the world’s most corrupt country due to the excessive mismanagement of the state’s resources by its public officials. Iraq is also an undemocratic nation that isn’t at peace with itself.


According to Wikipedia, the government officials in Iraq are known to have embezzled $2 billion USD while the citizens lavish in poverty plus its a war torn zone.

  • Pakistan

Pakistan is the 2nd most corrupt nation in the world as indexed above and this country is located in the middle east. With all the riches in this country, its people suffer miserably.

Bribery is the order of the day in this country and even it has been termed one of the most dangerous places to go to on the earth as war has divivded the nation a lot and stagnated the nation’s growth.

  • Nigeria

Nigeria is the giant of Africa but when you pay a visit to this country, you would see why she has been ranked 3rd among the most corrupt countries of the world.

Even though the government of the day claim to fight this evil menace, it has been perceived by many of its citizens as a one sided affair in a bid to muzzle the democratic opposition of the current government in power.

  • Colombia

Colombia, is another country located in the northwest of South America and they are the fourth world’s most corrupt country this 2019.

  • Angola

Angola is an African country listed among the most corrupt nations in the African continent. The government has done little or nothing to alleviate poverty levels in the country.

Angola currently lacks some basic amenities as public funds is not properly accounted for. It will even shock you that the masses hardly feed well due to the corrupt minds ruling the affairs of Angola.

  • Mexico

Mexico is another corrupt country where drugs, bribery, killings and all sort of vices exist at its maximum. Although, Mexico is close to the United States, cases of drug smuggling, illegal border crossing and other vices has been reported in this country.

There is hardly any drug lord who doesn’t trace his history to Mexico. These drug lords often bribe the police, politicians and other agencies just to get what they want and kill whoever opposes them.

  • Ghana

Since Independence, corruption in Ghana has been in existence. Even though Ghana’s ranking on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index has slightly improved, there is still a growing perception that government-related corruption is still on the rise.

Although corruption in Ghana can’t be compared to other countries in Africa, citizens frequently quote corruption as the main obstacle for doing business in the country, hence the increase in corruption cases.

  • Myanmar

Corruption in Myanmar is on another level and it is very serious. Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perception Index ranked the country 130th place out of 180 countries. Today, its now ranked 9th and has shown no signs of improvement.

Owing to failures in regulation and enforcement, corruption flourishes in every sector of the economy and businesses. Many investors consider corruption “a serious barrier to investment and trade in Myanmar.”

It is now common in Myanmar to charge illicit payments for government services, to bribe tax collectors to secure a lower tax payment, and to bribe customs officials to avoid paying customs duties.

  • Guatemala

According to Human Rights Watch, Guatemala has a weak and corrupt law enforcement institutions. Democracy is dead

Vices like in arms trafficking, money laundering, extortion, human smuggling, black-market adoptions, and kidnapping for ransom, and drug trade can be found in this country.


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  1. Alheri Ishaya

    This list is not biars at all.

    1. Salem Bissa

      I agree with you Alheri

  2. Enoch Ekwuru

    Truth is like pregnancy,you cannot permanently conceal it.In my view,it is true.When Amnesty International did the rating,I faulted it.

  3. Odum

    Like Obj will say, one person can’t be corrupt, there must be two or more people for the act of corruption to ensue. One to give, another to take. If Nigeria gives, who takes and keeps for her? The western world should answer that question. I can’t see thrm on the list. If you can define corruption, we can neva be as corrupt as south American countries where drugs, sex and intimidation and suppression are the culture of the day. Our leaders are thieves, corruption is not stealing.

    1. Emeka

      God bless you

    2. If corruption is not stealing to you, then that’s
      why these bastards are robbing us dry. Sadly, many Nigerians share your distorted view of the world. With the country’s wealth sitting in the bank accounts of these rogue bastards, is it any wonder there are no good roads, no good hospitals, the police and the judiciary are s joke?

      1. sunshine

        Pls ask him well as it seems some of us Nigerians have been blindfolded by the lack of moral values of other countries and seeing their abuse of cocaine nd other drugs as corruption while they have all necessary facility to aid them even when they fall short health wise. What am saying is you can’t compare Nigeria’s govt packed with thieves nd selfish leaders who don’t have our welfare at heart to that of the other country like U.S.A take health sector for instance is it not an insult that our president was sick nd had to be hospitalized abroad yet upon his return has not deemed it fit to better our health sector instead he exhausts our money into another’s economy and leaves us in the sun to dry. Pls let see this ppl for who they are and stop defending their wicked ways

    3. franklin



    Na it be it ooo

  5. God'schild ede

    No bias in that list….we knew it as a citizen of nigeria but the problem is just that we hate the truth

  6. There is top 8 corrupt countries in the world

  7. Abdul

    It’s a lie, ds site is sponsored by corrupt n enemies of ds government.

  8. Abdul

    At least we don’t celebrate corruption again in Nigeria

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    1. Kaycee

      Use your hopes on something better, nigeria will never ever be good, talk more of better. nigeria is the definition of hell fire.

      1. Lets try and be hopeful for our dear nation’s progress

  11. Muhammad inuwa

    the problem of Nigerians is the leadership, coz there laws maker they have over power of all citizens, having say that, if there commotion in the state they have power to control it, the resent situations we are now. President (PMB) have good ambitious for all Nigerians while , some of laws maker doesn’t want it, people there awareness of the oppress gullible fraudster were caught with illusion money, that is the reasons they don’t happy with (pmb) leadership . all organisin most be dies sonar or later, remember all we are in dangerous ground,leather’s and followers, moment of life is steps toward death, billion of people were live before us all of them pass away,optimists and pessimist,million people were dying for hungry in Nigeria,we have mineral resources, we also have money, some op the African country in the world,we got independent before them but they were a high of us since , we are lack op creativity ,prostration, selfish interests,one funny thing in Nigeria, in this corruption million people were death do to the situations on it , this is an inhuman, they were killed people much mothen Amy robbers, people they were morning of there brothers and sister, so this is what happens . but we thanks God who change the previous tyrant leaders, and also restructure our father’s land.

  12. This rating is confusing because all the noise about corruption EFCC and ICPC cannot account for it,no one has been convicted by our so called judicial system and is jailed for been corrupt.Despite all the big big amount of money these establishments are professing on the pages of newspapers and televisions. So this present administration use noise to escalate Nigeria corruption profile globally to this level, so we have to be very careful in our dealings

  13. dyoung

    British is not included here why?.They are the master corruption by them selfe

    1. I strongly agree with you

  14. paul

    the list is bias cos the country listed is the country that refuse to bow to america and europe

  15. Daniel Obodoeme

    Nigeria will one day be free from corruption, because time will come when the bad leaders will remove their hands from leadership and the young one who is free from criminal ark will come in, to rule Nigeria. Nigeria is a great country indeed. I love my country Nigeria

  16. James simon

    Is a pit for Nigerians buhari came as a leader that has no corruption now Nigerians flash back to 2009 Nigeria was number 14 in corruption buhari has promoted it to number 1 in top 10 corrupt countries in 2018

    1. Odimayo

      Nigerian cover up their diabolic act then but now expose… how can someone be embezzling billion of naira when our population is not just a billion, make merry with nation cakes and forget about the less privileges,abandon projects in which they can gain from as a masses and now believe that they can go free… let us expose ourselves for rightful restructuring… thanks

  17. victor suah

    Liberia should be included among the first five because of the level of corruption in the country

  18. Levo Banhs Akhilesh

    Why won’t Nigeria be top 1st when snake have started swallowing money in the jamb office SNH

  19. konphydence

    this news is purely a falasy. Nigeria can never be ranked the most corrupt contry in the world were there are countries like samalia, Korea etc. do u urself believe that news. yes Nigeria is corrupt no argument there, but I refuse to believe that Nigeria is the most corrupt country in the word and I have checked other website to confirm, but only urs is saying otherwise, please be sure of ur information before posting it for the whole universal to c online

    1. There are different reports online, ours in gotten from a trusted source. Even if the corrupt nations you listed are known to be corrupt, from your observations, isn’t Nigeria very very corrupt?

  20. Awambeng Remi Tebah

    Cameroun should be the 1st instead

  21. hope ofem

    bro the blind can even see stop bn corrupt knw wat to say

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