Corruption getting worse, says poll

One person in four has paid a bribe to a public body in the last year, according to a survey carried out in 95 countries by Transparency International.

The poor record of some African nations on bribery stands out. Sierra Leone has the highest number of respondents admitting to having paid a bribe - 84% - and seven out of nine of the countries with the highest reported bribery rate are in sub-Saharan Africa. See the list below. The countries with the lowest reported bribery rate are Denmark, Finland, Japan and Australia, they all have a bribery rate of 1%.

InteractivePopulation who have paid a bribe

27% world average
Top countries:
1. Sierra Leone 84%
2. Liberia 75%
3. Yemen 74%
4. Kenya 70%
5. Cameroon 62%
5. Libya 62%
5. Mozambique 62%
5. Zimbabwe 62%
9. Uganda 61%
People, % Number of countries

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Which public body is seen as the most corrupt?

Where is bribery most widespread?

Across 105 nations politicians, judges and the police head the list of those public institutions people see as the most corrupt. In nearly half of those countries surveyed politicians were singled out as appearing the least trustworthy. Religious bodies and businesses had the lowest corruption rating.

InteractiveWhich public body is seen as the most corrupt?

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Source: Transparency International, Global Corruption Barometer, 2013

Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer gathered data from 95 countries on bribery. For a small number of them, including Brazil and Russia, data on particular questions has been excluded because of concerns about validity and reliability. For the question on corrupt institutions 105 countries were covered.

The margin of error for each country is 3%. The typical sample size is 1,000 people. Four countries - Cyprus, Luxembourg, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands - have a sample size of 500 people and a margin of error of 4%.

Have you paid a bribe?

Country Percentage

Sierra Leone

84

Liberia

75

Yemen

74

Kenya

70

Cameroon

62

Libya

62

Mozambique

62

Zimbabwe

62

Uganda

61

Cambodia

57

Senegal

57

Tanzania

56

Ghana

54

India

54

Morocco

49

South Africa

47

Afghanistan

46

DR Congo

46

Kyrgyzstan

45

Mongolia

45

Ethiopia

44

Nigeria

44

Algeria

41

Bangladesh

39

South Sudan

39

Jordan

37

Ukraine

37

Bolivia

36

Egypt

36

Indonesia

36

Taiwan

36

Kazakhstan

34

Pakistan

34

Solomon Islands

34

Mexico

33

Nepal

31

Vietnam

30

Iraq

29

Moldova

29

Bosnia and Herzegovina

28

Madagascar

28

Papua New Guinea

27

Venezuela

27

Lithuania

26

Serbia

26

Paraguay

25

Colombia

22

Greece

22

Slovakia

21

Turkey

21

Peru

20

Cyprus

19

Latvia

19

Sri Lanka

19

Armenia

18

Thailand

18

Tunisia

18

Macedonia

17

Romania

17

Sudan

17

Kosovo

16

Czech Republic

15

Argentina

13

Rwanda

13

Vanuatu

13

El Salvador

12

Hungary

12

Israel

12

Jamaica

12

Palestine

12

Philippines

12

Chile

10

Bulgaria

8

Switzerland

7

US

7

Estonia

6

Slovenia

6

Italy

5

UK

5

Belgium

4

Croatia

4

Georgia

4

Canada

3

Malaysia

3

Maldives

3

New Zealand

3

Norway

3

Portugal

3

South Korea

3

Uruguay

3

Spain

2

Australia

1

Denmark

1

Finland

1

Japan

1

Produced by John Walton, Sophia Domfeh and Claire Shannon.

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