Published February 28, 2018

In the most recent Transparency International (TI) global Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2017, Lithuania received a score of 59 on a 100-point scale, thus ranking 38th out of 180 countries. Lithuania is currently ranked 16th out of 28 European Union (EU) countries while Denmark’s score of 88 puts it in the first place.

Lithuania’s results have not changed for the past three years. In both 2015 and 2016, Lithuania received a score of 59.  This year, New Zealand and Denmark rank highest with scores of 89 and 88 respectively. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia rank lowest with scores of 14, 12 and 9 respectively.

Estonia is ranked 21st with a score of 71 (last year – 22nd with a score of 70 points), Latvia – 40th with a score of 58 (last year – 44th with a score of 57 points), Poland – 36th with a score of 60 (last year – 29th with a score of 62 points).

The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) ranks countries and territories based on how effectively they are able to manage corruption. The score of a country or territory reflects the perceived level of corruption on a scale of 0 to 100, where a 0 indicates that a country is perceived as highly corrupt whereas a 100 means that it is perceived as very transparent. The level of corruption in the public and government sectors is evaluated by various experts and business leaders.

“This year’s results reveal that experts and business representatives do not value the efforts to minimize corruption in advance. I believe it is a clear signal to the public and private sector and business leaders that they should not wait for oversight institutions or the justice system to intervene, but take the initiative themselves. Otherwise, we may never witness any significant changes. “ – TI Lithuania Executive Director Sergejus Muravjovas.

TI Lithuania emphasizes that the current government is determined to measure its success in the fight against corruption based on the CPI. The government’s programme clearly states that in 2020, Lithuania will receive a score of 70 based on the CPI. In addition, the National Anti-corruption Programme of the Republic of Lithuania, verified in 2015, expects that next year (2019), Lithuania should score at least 65 points.

The following sources were used in determining Lithuania’s CPI (2017): 1. Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index; 2. Bertelsmann Foundation Sustainable Governance Indicators; 3. IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook; 4. Political Risk Services International Country Risk Guide (ICRG); 5. World Economic Forum Executive Opinion Survey (EOS); 6. Economist Intelligence Unit. Country Risk Ratings; 7. Global Insight Country Risk Ratings; 8. Freedom House Nations in Transit; 9. Varieties of Democracy Project.

To find out more information about Western European and European Union state rankings, read here, world nations – here.

To read the report in Lithuanian – here.

For more information: Sergejus Muravjovas,, +370 689 97579

Inquiries regarding methodology should be directed to Jen Pollakusky or Michael Hornsby (Transparency International Headquarters):, +49 30 3438 20 666