Corruption News

News about corruption activity worldwide. For key statistics and information, visit our What is Corruption? page.

According to the 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International, Somalia is the most corrupt nation in the world, followed by Afghanistan.

The least corrupt nation is New Zealand, followed by Denmark.

(More on the impact of corruption worldwide.)

Source:  Phyllis Korkki, “The Countries Most Known for Corruption,” New York Times, December 5, 2009.

Russian pay an estimated $318 Billion a year in bribes, roughly one-third of the country’s GDP.

Source:  Fred Weir, “Russia corruption costs $318 billion – one-third of GDP,” Christian Science Monitor, Global News Blog, November 23, 2009.

Up to $1.6 Trillion a year in public tax funds is lost to governments around the world due to corruption.

The public assets are funneled around the world through various money laundering methods and other undeclared holdings to offshore bank accounts.

(See the price of bribes around the world.)

Source:  “Corruption costs $1.6tn, UN says,” BBC News, November 9, 2009.


Corruption costs between $20 Billion to $40 Billion in stolen asses to be taken to offshore accounts from developing nations.

Source:  Tamara Walid, “Corruption Costs Poor States up to $40 Billion a year,” ABC News, November 7, 2009.

Corruption in Spain cost the country $6.3 Billion over ten years.

Source:  Reuters, “Corruption costs Spain billions, newspaper says,” Forbes, November 1, 2009.

More than 60 percent of municipal police officers in Mexico receive monthly salaries of about $300.

Source:  AP, “Mexican official: Disband local police forces,” Google News, October 31, 2009.

According to a survey by Transparency International, 60 percent of businesses in Indonesia reported paying bribes to government officials to ensure smooth operations.

One in five reported to losing out on contracts because of declining to pay bribes.

Source: “Most business players pay bribes: Survey,” Jakarta Post, October 8, 2009.

In a 2004 poll, 64 percent of city residents in Moscow stated that they have “no trust” in law enforcement, with 80 percent believing that their local police force was corrupt.

(More on police corruption.)

Source:  Lucian Kim, “Moscow’s Mafia Thrives Amid Cop Corruption, Police Chief Says,” Bloomberg News, September 27, 2009.

According to China’s Ministry of Commerce, since the beginning of economic reforms in 1978 through 2003, about 4,000 corrupt officials have smuggled $50 Billion out of the country through various money laundering methods.

(Additional security threats and issues in China.)

Source: Reuters, “China wants more transparency in anti-graft drive,” Washington Post, September 20, 2009.

According to The Independent, more than 90 percent of high level officials in China who were punished for political corruption over the past 5 years were found to have had mistresses.

Source:  Clifford Coonan, “Welcome back: Return of capitalism to China means a major comeback for the concubine,” The Independent, August 26, 2009.