Lithuania scores 1 point more, ranks 1 place higher in Corruption Perceptions Index 2021

Published January 25, 2022

In the most recent Transparency International (TI) global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2021, Lithuania received a score of 61 on a 100-point scale, ranking 34th out of 180 countries. Lithuania is currently 13th out of 27 European Union (EU) countries.

Denmark (88 points) and New Zealand (88 points) are yet again sharing the first place with Finland (88 points) joining the ranks.

Estonia scored 74 points this year and ranks 13th (last year – 75 points and 17th place), Latvia scored 59 points and ranks 36th (last year – 57 points and 42nd place), Poland received a score of 56 and is in 42nd place (last year – 56 points and 45th place), Belarus – 41 point and 82nd place (last year – 47 points and 63rd place), Russia – 29 points and 136th place (last year – 30 points and was in 129th place).

The average score of the European Union is 64 points out of 100.

“CPI results show that we are slowly moving in the positive direction. With the new Law on Prevention of Corruption coming into force this year, we have an exceptional opportunity to speed up our progress towards the most transparent countries in the world. The main challenge for this decade is curbing grand corruption. However, it will only be possible with  more transparency in politics and public sector, open data and citizen involvement into decision-making. I would like for public and private sector executives to take on even more initiative creating good examples in their institutions.” – 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.

TI Lithuania reminds that the Government has 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 National Agenda for the Prevention of Corruption (2022-2033) sets out a goal for Lithuania to receive 74 points in 2033.

The following sources were used in determining Lithuania’s CPI 2021: 1. Bertelsmann Foundation Sustainable Governance Index; 2. Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index; 3. Economist Intelligence Unit Country Service; 4. Freedom House Nations in Transit; 5. Global Insights Country Risk Ratings; 6. IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook; 7. PRS International Country Risk Guide; 8. Varieties of Democracy Project (V-Dem); 9. World Economic Forum Executive Opinion Survey; 10. World Justice Project Rule of Law Index.

Detailed results can be found here (in Lithuanian) and here (in English).

More information: Sergejus Muravjovas,

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