Corruption Index 2018

Jan. 30, 2019

The Transparency International has released its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2018.

Key Facts

  • The top countries on the list are Denmark and New Zealand, with scores of 88 and 87 respectively.

  • Other top performers around the world were Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany.

  • Somalia, Syria and South Sudan are at the bottom of the list, with scores of 10, 13 and 13 respectively.

  • India rose by three points to 78 (81st in 2017) in the list of 180 countries in the world, while China ranked 87 and Pakistan 117 in 2018.

  • The United States slid four points lower, dropping out of the top 20 countries for the first time since 2011. USA has been ranked at 22nd out of 180 countries.

  • Overall, more than two-thirds of countries scored below 50 on the 2018 index, and the average was 43


India Specific Observation:

  • However, India saw little significant improvement in its CPI score, which moved from 40 in 2017 to 41 in 2018.

  • The report highlighted that despite spectacular public mobilisation against corruption in 2011, there has been little to no movement on the ground to build the specialist anti-corruption infrastructure required.

Source : Indian Express