How Much Money is Paid in Bribes Each Year?

The World Bank estimates that more than $1 trillion US Dollars (USD) is paid each year in bribes — that's about equal to the gross domestic product of India. The countries where corruption is most common are Somalia, Myanmar, Iraq, Haiti and Afghanistan.

More facts about corruption:

  • The countries in which large companies are most likely to offer bribes to senior officials in other countries are Russia, China, Taiwan and Australia.

  • Denmark, New Zealand, Sweden and Singapore are ranked as the least corrupted countries in the world.

  • At least one in four people in the world pay some form of a bribe every year.
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