In many developing countries, corruption is simply a means to an end. The more political turmoil and underlying poverty, the more corrupt leaders and groups rise and govern the rest of the country. In this list of the 10 most corrupt countries in the world in 2015, we see some of the most unstable and unsafe nations around the globe. Most of these ten countries have garnered a high amount of exposure in global news, and reading about them makes us appreciate our democratic freedom a bit more.
The corruption rankings of countries around the world is actually measured by a global entity. There is even an index that gauges the amount of corruption in any given nation. The places on this list have scored among the worst in terms of political, economic, and social corruption and instability, and we are not incredibly surprised by the results. When a country is strapped for money, resources, and developmental stability and growth, it is so much easier for deceitful leaders to take the reins and lead people astray. We may be living in the year 2015, but some of the places on this list seem to transport us back to the dark ages.
5 South Sudan
2 North Korea
Sharing the number one slot with North Korea is Somalia. According to the Central Intelligence Agency, Somalia basically has no government, and most of its inhabitants survive by farming or fishing. Somalian pirates are seen in the news for kidnapping passersby in the Indian Ocean, and various tribal groups wreak havoc within the nation. Violence, turmoil, and corruption are three all-too-familiar aspects that Somalian citizens experience on a daily basis. Its collapsing government and internal structure limit our ability to determine just how messed up Somalia really is. Political, social, and economic unrest continue to prevent the country from making truly positive change.
Sources: transparency.org, heritage.org
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