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Corruption in Eswatini

The "Corruption Perceptions Index" for the public sector showed 68 points in Eswatini for 2021. The scale has a range from 0 to 100, in which corruption raises, the higher the number is. With this result Eswatini ranks 121st. So, compared to other countries it is slightly below average.

Compared to the previous year, in 2021 the level of corruption slightly raised. In the long term, it has also risen moderately in recent years.

The United States are in 27th place with a score of 33. The ranking is led by New Zealand with a value of 12. The sad last place is occupied by South Sudan (89 points).

You can find the complete country comparison here International Ranking of Corruption


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Development of corruption in Eswatini 2005 - 2021


The causes of corruption lie in part in political and cultural reasons. Ineffective law enforcement may further promote it. It is striking that it is regularly lower in democratically governed countries (form of government in Eswatini: Absolute monarchy). Similarly, higher corruption occurs predominantly in low-income countries. In Eswatini, per capita income is 3,410 US$ annually, which is extremely low by global standards. The comparatively low cost of living indicates low prosperity and socioeconomic problems.

Development of the corruption index in Eswatini 2005 - 2021

YearEswatiniØ AfricaØ worldwide
20216867.956.8
20206767.556.7
20196667.656.8
20186267.556.9
20176167.956.9
20145767.456.8
20136167.957.4
20126366.756.8
20116970.759.7
20106871.159.9
20096471.359.7
20086471.459.8
20076771.560.1
20067571.559.1
20057371.459.1


Note on the Corruption Perceptions Index

Money launderingThe data is determined annually by Transparency International. In 2021, the index was calculated for 179 countries from all continents. The original index shows the figures exactly the other way round and assigns higher values for lower corruption. So the official score for Eswatini is 32 points in 2021, which would actually make it an anti-corruption index because as the score increases, corruption decreases. These numbers have been inverted here for better comprehensibility and easier visual acquisition of the graphs.

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