Transparency International 2009: Muslim-majority Countries Among the Most Corrupt on Earth

Posted on November 17, 2009

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Thansparency International 2009

The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) table shows a country’s ranking and score, the number of surveys used to determine the score, and the confidence range of the scoring.

  • The rank shows how one country compares to others included in the index. The CPI score indicates the perceived level of public-sector corruption in a country/territory.
  • The CPI is based on 13 independent surveys. However, not all surveys include all countries. The surveys used column indicates how many surveys were relied upon to determine the score for that country.
  • The confidence range indicates the reliability of the CPI scores and tells us that allowing for a margin of error, we can be 90% confident that the true score for this country lies within this range.
  • Note from Rafik Beekun:  In spite of Islam’s continuous emphasis on ethical behavior in business and other walks of life (see my book on Islamic Business Ethics for example)  Muslims are not living up to what Islam asks of them.  For the sake of comparison, I have included those countries whch are NOT muslim-majority countries, but are  among the least corrupt on earth (e.g. New Zealand, Denmark, etc.) as well a couple of countries with sizeable Muslim minorities (e.g. India) .  I have also included Israel as a reference point.

    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 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
    22 Qatar 7 6 5.8 – 8.1
    30 United Arab Emirates 6.5 5 5.5 – 7.5
    32 Israel 6.1 6 5.4 – 6.7
    39 Brunei Darussalam 5.5 4 4.7 – 6.4
    39 Oman 5.5 5 4.4 – 6.5
    46 Bahrain 5.1 5 4.2 – 5.8
    49 Jordan 5 7 3.9 – 6.1
    56 Malaysia 4.5 9 4.0 – 5.1
    61 Turkey 4.4 7 3.9 – 4.9
    63 Saudi Arabia 4.3 5 3.1 – 5.3
    65 Tunisia 4.2 6 3.0 – 5.5
    66 Kuwait 4.1 5 3.2 – 5.1
    84 India 3.4 10 3.2 – 3.6
    89 Morocco 3.3 6 2.8 – 3.9
    99 Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 7 2.6 – 3.4
    99 Senegal 3 7 2.5 – 3.6
    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
    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
    126 Syria 2.6 5 2.2 – 2.9
    126 Tanzania 2.6 7 2.4 – 2.9
    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 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 Pakistan 2.4 7 2.1 – 2.7
    143 Azerbaijan 2.3 7 2.0 – 2.6
    143 Comoros 2.3 3 1.6 – 3.3
    154 Côte d´Ivoire 2.1 7 1.8 – 2.4
    154 Yemen 2.1 4 1.6 – 2.5
    158 Tajikistan 2 8 1.6 – 2.5
    162 Kyrgyzstan 1.9 7 1.8 – 2.1
    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
    176 Iraq 1.5 3 1.2 – 1.8
    176 Sudan 1.5 5 1.4 – 1.7
    179 Afghanistan 1.3 4 1.0 – 1.5
    180 Somalia 1.1 3 0.9 – 1.4
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