Humans seem to be hard-wired to indulge their basest desires and can’t help but give in to temptation. But which are the truly sin-sational nations when it comes to bad behaviour? All is revealed in this International Sindex.

Dive in to a world of depravity

Thou shalt not go whoring

What better measure of our inability to deny our carnal urges can there be than the money we spend consummating our desire for the rut and thrust of paid-for loveless sex?

Although Switzerland is coming up fast on their rear, sleazy Spain is leading the field to the happy finish line. We only hope that if they can’t keep it in their pants then they are at least bagging it up and playing safe.

40 million

The number of free condoms handed out to sex workers in New York City each year

Rank Country Per capita expenditure on prostitution
1 Spain £372
2 Switzerland £291
3 South Korea £165
4 Germany £151
5 Japan £128
6 Bulgaria £122
7 Thailand £63
8 Taiwan £53
9 Ireland £45
10 Israel £42
Source: Havocscope
Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all.
Marquis de Sade

Thou shalt not nick stuff

Watch out! There’s a green-eyed monster stealing a peek over the fence. Burglary, robbery and theft rates give us an insight into the nations struggling to keep their hands off their neighbours’ ass... or flat-screen TV.

Belgium, the country that gave us roller skates, saxophones and the Smurfs is most likely to break in and steal them back when you’re out. And you’d better make sure you lock your doors and windows if you don’t want New Zealand or Denmark making off with your jewellery.

$133 million

The value of the jewels stolen by Jack ‘Supertheif’ MacLean'

Rank Country Thefts, robberies and burglaries per 100,000 population
1 Belgium 2,858
2 Denmark 2,350
3 New Zealand 1,904
4 Spain 1,779
5 Sweden 1,565
6 Chile 1,543
7 Austria 1,449
8 England & Wales 1,338
9 Australia 1,307
10 Iceland 1,287
Source: Civitas
Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope
Josh Billings

Thou shalt not have a nose job

Taking care of your appearance is fine, but you cross a line when you’re prepared to put yourself under the knife to alter your looks. As a measure of a country’s self-mutilating self-obsession we’ve taken the number of people that share each plastic surgeon.

Topping the nip-and-tuck table in true Gangnam-style is South Korea – putting its money where its mouth is (and where its nose used to be) to support the highest concentration of plastic surgeons. The quest for the perfect butt has lifted Brazil up the rankings, but it has some work to do before it’s ready for the top spot.


Proportion of South Korean women under 30 who have had plastic surgery

Rank Country No. of people per plastic surgeon
1 South Korea 23,912
2 Brazil 37,321
3 Taiwan 39,025
4 Greece 39,763
5 Belgium 42,732
6 Israel 47,349
7 Colombia 49,197
8 USA 51,011
9 Spain 51,111
10 Japan 57,145
Pride, the never-failing vice of fools
Alexander Pope

Thou shalt not keep it all for thyself

The Gini coefficient of wealth distribution is a measure of statistical dispersion intended to represent the income distribution of a nation’s residents, and is the most commonly used measure of inequality.

What’s mine is mine and what’s your’s is mine is probably the mantra chanted by greedy Zimbabwe as it lines its own pockets to claim the top spot. Denmark isn’t keen to ‘lego’ of its share and manages to stay one step ahead of the grasping hands of Switzerland.

£2 billion

Personal wealth of President Robert Mugabe – 21% of Zimbabwe’s GDP

Rank Country Gini coefficient of wealth
1 Zimbabwe 0.845
2 Denmark 0.808
3 Switzerland 0.803
4 USA 0.801
5 Brazil 0.784
6 Central African Republic 0.782
7 Guatemala 0.779
8 Chile 0.777
9 Panama 0.766
10 Paraguay 0.766
Greed is the lack of confidence in one’s own ability to create
Vanna Bonta

Thou shalt not stuff thy face

Our inability to eat in moderation is reflected in our ever-expanding waistlines. We looked at the proportion of the population that is obese to find out who’s been eating all the pies.

Egypt was the surprise champion of the heavyweight world although wobbling along close behind them in their XXXL elasticated-waist joggers are joint second-place fatties USA and Saudi Arabia.


The weight of excess skin removed in an operation on one-time Ipswich postman and former world’s fattest man Paul Mason.

Rank Country % population that is obese
1 Egypt 33.1
2 USA 33
3 Saudi Arabia 33
4 Czech Republic 32.7
5 United Arab Emirates 32.7
6 Mexico 32.1
7 South Africa 31.3
8 Venezuela 30.3
9 Jordan 30
10 Argentina 29.7
Gluttony is not a secret vice
Orson Welles

Thou shalt not lash out

To find out who’s most likely to lose it when the red mist descends we asked a policeman: “How many assaults are reported per 100,000 of the population where you work?”

And we found that, like Begbie in a bar brawl, angry Scotland is punching well above its weight. It’s stood on top of the league table with a broken Buckfast bottle clutched in one bloodied fist shouting at Sweden and England through a mouth full of deep fried Mars bar: "Wha tha fook are ye lookin’ aht. D’ye wan some?


Number of wins (in 69 fights) by Edinburger and lightweight champion of the world Ken ‘The flying Carpenter’ Buchanan

Rank Country Assaults reported per 100,000
1 Scotland 1,487
2 Sweden 927
3 England 730
4 Belgium 718
5 Israel 641
6 Germany 630
7 Finland 615
8 Chile 576
9 Luxembourg 476
10 Ireland 353
Source: Civitas
Men often make up in wrath what they want in reason
William R Alger

Thou shalt not get a takeaway

How much effort does it take to make a meal? Well apparently too much for many of us and our laziness and inability to get up off our fat arses and cook something for ourselves now props up a vast fast food industry.

Surprise suppertime slacker is Iceland which manages to beat Chow-Mein-chomping England even without the help of McDonalds. But slouching at the top of the table loosening its belt a notch, throwing its bone into a greasy box and belching contentedly is kitchen-dodging king the USA.


Average number of takeaways enjoyed by each resident of Coventry in a year – that’s three a week.†

Rank Country Number of fast food outlets per 100,000 people
1 USA 22
2 Canada 20
3 Australia 14
4 New Zealand 14
5 Iceland 10
6 England 8
7 Ireland 7
8 UAE 6
9 Malaysia 5
10 Finland 4
Source: Economist †
It’s only mental sloth I object to. Physical sloth can be heavenly.
Elizabeth Hurley

The Overall Sinner

We’ve sin-gled out the countries that revel in their vices, but now we come to crown our World Champion of Wickedness. With points awarded for each placing in the seven deadly sins top ten tables above, the International Sindex reveals the nations most likely to be feeling the heat from the fires of hell.

Rank Country Lust Envy Pride Greed Gluttony Wrath Sloth Sindex
1 USA - - 3 7 9 - 10 29
2 Belgium - 10 6 - - 7 - 23
3 Spain 10 7 2 - - - - 19
4 Denmark - 9 - 9 - - - 18
5 South Korea 8 - 10 - - - - 18
6 Switzerland 9 - - 8 - - - 17
7 England - 3 - - - 8 5 16
8 Brazil - - 9 6 - - - 15
9 New Zealand - 8 - - - - 7 15
10 Sweden - 6 - - - 9 - 15
† To limit bias of small sample size we ruled out countries with a population of less than three million.
World of Sin World of Sin
A sense of humour keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins... save those worth committing.
Samuel Butler