Oman ranked the GCC's most corrupt country

A new study makes difficult reading for Muscat's rule makers, with Kuwait, Saudi and Qatar all ranked better. 

January 31, 2016

When we’ve previously written about Oman on these pages, it’s often been to commend the country on something positive.

It wasn’t that long ago that it was ranked one of the friendliest countries in the world. But a new report has put the nation in a list it probably doesn’t want to be in. 

A global study by Transparency International, a coalition against corruption, has ranked Oman the most corrupt country in the GCC, putting it in 60th position out of 168 countries. 

Qatar ranked 22nd, making it the Gulf’s least corrupt country, with the UAE ranked 24th. Saudi Arabia placed 48th, Bahrain came 50th and Kuwait 55th. 

From a global point of view, 60th place isn’t so terrible, and is certainly not the worst score in the wider Middle East and North Africa region. That title went to Libya and Iraq, tied in 161st place. Other poor results from the region included Syria and Yemen tied in 154th, Iran in 130th and Lebanon in 123rd

The study of 168 countries found Somalia and North Korea tied as the world’s most corrupt nations.

The least corrupt country was Denmark, for the second year in a row. The rest of the top 10 included: Finland, Sweden, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Singapore, Canada, Germany, Luxembourg and United Kingdom (10th place was a three-way tie). 

The study, Corruptions Perceptions 2015 index, measured perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide, putting countries on a scale from highly corrupt to very clean. 

To see the full study, visit transparency.org.