Basic Country Information

  • Region: Europe & North America
  • Income Group: High
  • Population: 83.2 million
  • GNI per Capita: 60050 USD
  • Urban population : 77.5 % of total
  • Life expectancy at birth: 81 years
  • Human Development Index (HDI): 0.947

How does Germany control corruption?

Forecasted trend:
Integrity Transparency
Country’s Score 8.21/10 15.5/20
World Rank 15/114 32/143
Regional Rank 13/31 19/33
Income group Rank 15/38 21/48

Index of Public Integrity

IPI Score: 8.21 / 10
The IPI score is the mean of the six components scores, which result from the standardization and normalization of original source data to range between 1 and 10 using a min-max-transformation, with higher values representing better performance.
Components Component Score
Income Group
Opportunities for Corruption
Administrative Burden 8.61 50/0 33/0 25/31
Trade Openness 9.44 38/0 28/0 29/31
Administrative Transparency 7.75 24/114 15/38 16/31
Online Services 7.26 50/114 31/38 25/31
Budget Transparency 9.79 4/114 3/38 3/31
Constraints on Corruption
Judicial Independence 7.35 23/114 21/38 15/31
Freedom of the Press 8.93 12/114 11/38 10/31
E-Citizenship 8.16 24/114 23/38 17/31

Opportunities are permanent enabling circumstances for corruption. Empirical evidence exists that administrative discretion (lack of administrative transparency and poor regulation) combined with unaccountable resources (non-transparent public finance, both from domestic sources and international aid) create opportunities for corruption.

Constraints are permanent disabling circumstances of corruption. They encompass the legal response of authorities as well as the response by society (a free press and digitally enabled citizens organized as civil society or as individual voters).

Societies manage to control corruption if they find the right balance between opportunities and constraints.

Read more in the methodology.


For Budget Transparency, last value available is for 2019. For Online Services, last value available is for 2020. For Judicial Independence, last value available is for 2019. For the E-citizenship sub-components, last values available are also for 2020, and missing values in any of the sub-indicators were replaced with the latest available data point.

No IPI data for Germany

Transparency in Germany

T-Index Score: 15.5 / 20
Income Group

De Facto Transparency: 9.5 / 14

De Facto Components

De facto components refer to the online availability, accessibility, and coverage of public data in selected relevant domains. These were assessed as completely existing (1 point), existing with partial information or paid access (0.5 point), or not existing (0 points).

Past expenditures (last fiscal year) Yes
Current expenditures (budget tracker) Partial
Public Procurement Portal Partial
Land cadaster Partial
Register of commerce Partial
Auditor General's report Partial
Supreme Court's hearings schedule Yes
Supreme Court's rulings Yes
Financial disclosures for public officials Partial
Conflict of interest disclosures Partial
Official Development Assistance (ODA) Yes
Mining concessions Yes
Building permits in the capital city No
Official gazette Yes

De Jure Transparency: 6 / 6

De Jure Components

De jure components refer to the existence of formal transparency commitments in relevant selected domains. These were assessed as existing (1 point) or not (0 points).

Freedom of Information Acts (FOIA) Yes
Open Government Partnership (OGP) Yes
United Nations Conventions Against Corruption (UNCAC) Yes
Financial Action Task Force Against Money Laundering (or equivalent) Yes
Plurinational transparency agreement (EITI, OECD, WTO GPA, or CPTPP) Yes
Beneficial Ownership Yes

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Germany's Corruption Forecast

Forecasted trend:
Germany is a country with practically no administrative corruption, but recent scandals showed that the connection between business and politics is highly problematic and accountability of politicians leaves much to be desired. Much more should be done to enforce sanctions against business fraud and corruption, and to improve the separation between business and politics domestically. Open government has also progressed quite slowly, and public procurement at sub-national level is not transparent, with frequent cost overruns reminiscent of more corrupt countries.
Components 2007/8 2020 Trendline
Budget Transparency 7.45 9.3 0
Administrative Burden 8.53 8.69 0
Judicial Independence 9.63 7.22 0
Press Freedom 9.69 8.66 0
E-Citizenship 5.77 8.15 0
Online Services 6.18 8.11 0
  positive change;   negative change;   change not statically significant.

For Budget Transparency, period considered is 2008-2019. For Judicial Independence, last value available is for 2019. Due to insufficient data on Facebook users, E-citizenship was computed as the mean of the remaining two sub-indicators (fixed broadband subscriptions and Internet users).

No Forecast data for Germany