Published January 28, 2021

In the latest Transparency International (TI) global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2020, Lithuania’s score remains unchanged. Lithuania received a score of 60 on a 100-point scale, thus ranking 35th out of 180 countries. Lithuania is currently 14th out of 27 European Union (EU) countries.

Globally, the first place is yet again shared by Denmark (88 points) and New Zealand (87 points). Estonia scored 75 points and is ranked 17th (last year – 74 points and 18th place), Latvia scored 57 points and 42nd place (in 2019 – 56 points and 44th place), Poland received a score of 56 and is in 45th place (last year – 58 points and 41st place), Belarus – 47 points and 63rd place (last year – 45 points and 66th place), Russia – 30 points and 129th place (last year – 28 points and was in 137th place).

“Lithuania’s unchanged score is a reminder that our anti-corruption success does not solely lie in the hands of enforcement institutions. It also depends on politicians, public and private sectors’ leaders willingness to comply with the laws, make well informed decisions and seek more transparency in their daily activities. It is time for each organization to set achievable and measurable anti-corruption goals.”  – said Sergejus Muravjovas, CEO of Transparency International Lithuania.

The Corruption Perceptions Index is one of the world’s most famous anti-corruption indicators, which 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 from 0 to 100, where 0 indicates that a country is perceived as highly corrupt, whereas 100 means that it is perceived as very clean. The level of corruption in the public and government sectors is evaluated by various experts and business leaders.

The newly elected Government has also decided to measure its success in the fight against corruption based on the CPI. The Programme of the Government states that in 2024, Lithuania should receive a score of 70.

The following sources were used in determining Lithuania’s CPI 2020: 1. Bertelsmann Stiftung Sustainable Governance Indicators; 2. Bertelsmann Stiftung Transformation Index; 3. Economist Intelligence Unit Country Service; 4. Freedom House Nations in Transit; 5. Global Insight Country Risk Ratings; 6. IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook; 7. The PRS Group International Country Risk Guide; 8. Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem); 9. World Economic Forum Executive Opinion Survey.

A short overview of the results can be found here (in Lithuanian), detailed results can be found here (in Lithuanian) and here (in English).

More information: Ingrida Kalinauskienė,

For questions on methodology, please contact Roberto Kukutschka from the Transparency International Secretariat: