Which jurisdictions are included in the FSI?
The FSI 2015 includes a ranking for 92 jurisdictions. Although we analysed 102, we did not rank ten of them because of data gaps, which meant we could not produce a comparable secrecy score or global scale weight for them. Still, each of the 102 has a detailed country report, explaining its secrecy score and providing extra data. Some country reports also contain detailed narrative reports, marked in bold and with a pdf symbol in the list below, which explore the jurisdiction's history and political economy and explain how it developed into a secrecy jurisdiction.
The country reports listed below are also complemented by far more detailed technical database reports for each jurisdiction, which provide the underlying sources and references for the country reports and a wealth of additional details.
Click on a jurisdiction in the table below to get the country report. The full list of database reports is here.
Table 1: Jurisdictions in alphabetical order
Some people are surprised to see countries like France and Germany identified as secrecy jurisdictions.
Every country in the world, in fact, has at least some elements that make it a secrecy jurisdiction. This may simply be because of omission: the country has not set up the information-sharing and other mechanisms that would reduce its score to zero. Media stories and other sources indicate that France and Germany host large illicit assets from other countries, in conditions of secrecy, as their special reports explain.
The first FSI, published in 2009, contained 60 jurisdictions (see our original methodology here) which we expanded to 73 in 2011. In 2013, we expanded it to 82. For 2015 we filled it out further, by ensuring that the updated list contains:
For more details read our methodology here.
In subsequent FSIs we plan to include more jurisdictions, eventually covering all jurisdictions.