Corruption in Hungary increases significantly, according to Transparency International

Hungary is now the fifth most corrupt country in the European Union, behind only Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and Romania, according to statistics released by Transparency International on Wednesday. The organization’s corruption perception index (CPI) measures trends within the public sectors of countries around the world. While the CPI for 2015 shows an improvement in both Greece and the United Kingdom, Hungary’s score has been dropping since 2012. On a scale of 0 to 100, the higher the number that a country receives, the cleaner the country’s public sector is considered, when it comes to corruption.

On this scale, Hungary scored 51 in 2015. In 2012, the country’s score was 55.

This compares to a score of 91 for Denmark (the “cleanest” country, in terms of public sector corruption), 87 for the Netherlands, 81 for Germany and also the United Kingdom, 76 for neighbouring Austria, 70 for France, 60 for Slovenia and 56 for the Czech Republic. Romania, with a score of 46, is considered more corrupt than Hungary, as is Bulgaria (41) and Italy (44). Greece is also more corrupt, with a score of 46, but has shown significant improvement, considering that its ranking in 2012 was at 36.

Mapping corruption: the deeper the red, the greater the scope of corruption. Hungary is marked with "HU" and is orange in colour. Source: Transparency International.

Mapping corruption: the deeper the red, the greater the scope of corruption. Hungary is marked with “HU” and is orange in colour. Source: Transparency International.

Denmark is the world’s least corrupt country, while corruption is the most rampant in Somalia.

“The scale of the issue is huge. Sixty-eight per cent of countries worldwide have a serious corruption problem. Half of the G20 are among them,” notes Transparency International. The organization adds that there is a direct correlation between high levels of corruption and many social ills, including higher child mortality, human trafficking, the degradation of the environment, poor education levels and even terrorism.

Since corruption occurs in secret and behind closed doors, measuring it can be tricky. But researchers at Transparency International have found that exploring and assessing perceptions can be one of the best estimates when it comes to measuring or quantifying corruption over a period of time. Transparency International bases its results on data collected over a 24 month period by independent research institutions, focusing on governance and business climate analysis. In addition to the CPI, the Global Corruption Barometer is also produced each year, but this is based on a representative survey of individuals throughout the world.


  1. Avatar András B. Göllner says:

    The Transparency Study referred to above uses a “perception” index. What it shows is, that under Orbán the public perception of officially sanctioned corruption in Hungary has increased rather than diminished. A much more accurate Transparency study is the one that was published last year, and compares 19 EU countries and the efforts of their governments to make lobbying, influence peddling more transparent, open to public scrutiny. Hungary came in last place, and according to that study, the last placing was not the result of carelessness, lack of attention by public authority, but to conscious premeditated political strategy on the part of the FIDESZ government. (Google: Lobbying in Europe. Transparency International, 2015).

  2. In the “About Us” section of this website it is stated that “The Hungarian Free Press is a non-partisan news source.” This blatant lie, kind of sums up the credibility of this outfit.

  3. Avatar György Lázár says:

    Just Imagine…. Zsolt Hernádi, Chairman-CEO of Hungary’s largest company, oil and gas giant MOL, was and international fugitive and on the Interpol’s most wanted list (!) for bribery. A couple of months ago they removed him and started a new procedure in Croatia accusing him with bribery…

    MOL is partially owned by the Hungarian State and there are no plans to remove Hernádi. It is incomprehensible for me how could this company operate with a fugitive CEO… It seems that in Hungary this is not a problem, it is not unusual…

  4. Avatar András B. Göllner says:


    Could you at least try to refute our arguments rather than dismissing them categorically as lies ?? Could you demonstrate at least a small degree of critical capability as opposed to acting like a kettle, that produces nothing but steam, whenever its prompted ?? Why apply the outmoded and scientifically discredited methods of argumentation used by the folks centuries ago against the verifiable findings of Copernicus and Galileo ? We have come a long way since then – please wake up and smell the roses.

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