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List Rules Vote up the countries that seem most synonymous with controversy and debate.

Of the many countries on the planet, some seem a magnet to controversy. Whether they're some of the worst countries to visit or one of the worst countries to live in, the nations on this list are ranked as the most controversial countries on earth, as decided by the Ranker community. Which of these countries do you think have the most controversy? From gender inequality to poverty, corruption, and other issues, there's a lot to consider when thinking about the most controversial worst countries.

Many of the countries listed here would also be found on a list of third world countries and developing nations, while others are modern nations. Some countries, like Russia, have controversial leaders, while other countries are disliked due to human rights violations and other questionable national policies. Which countries would you not want to visit or live in, and which nations on this list have policies you just don't agree with? Upvote the countries you think are most controversial below and rerank the list to reflect your opinions when it comes to the nations of the world.

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1
11,499 10,034
United States of America is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
United States of America Washington, D.C.

2
7,908 8,197
Israel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Israel Jerusalem

3
6,330 8,560
Russia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Russia Moscow

4
4,671 6,516
Cuba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Cuba Havana

5
8,671 4,805
Saudi Arabia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Saudi Arabia Riyadh

6
5,020 6,571
Mexico is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mexico Mexico City

7
5,552 2,679
Poland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Poland Warsaw

8
1,925 736
Nazi Germany is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Nazi Germany Berlin

9
1,382 529
Soviet Union is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
LukasOtapka added Soviet Union Moscow

10
5,056 4,644
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Somalia Mogadishu

11
3,265 5,612
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
South Korea Seoul

12
4,427 4,308
Sudan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Sudan Khartoum

13
5,852 5,897
China is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
China Beijing

14
6,920 5,655
North Korea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
North Korea Pyongyang

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15
5,299 5,479
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Turkey Ankara

16
5,180 5,333
Syria is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Syria Damascus

17
4,472 4,334
Yemen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Yemen Sana'a

18
5,895 5,131
Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Pakistan Islamabad

19
3,166 5,607
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Brazil Brasília

20
4,664 4,461
Afghanistan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Afghanistan Kabul

21
3,954 4,337
India is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
India New Delhi

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22
3,772 3,048
Qatar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Qatar Doha

23
3,320 2,144
United Arab Emirates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

24
1,348 969
Congo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Congo Brazzaville

25
3,078 2,231
Kuwait is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kuwait Kuwait City

26
1,626 1,135
South Sudan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

27
1,762 1,439
Zimbabwe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Zimbabwe Harare

28
2,438 2,056
Democratic Republic of the Con... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

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29
1,839 1,074
Egypt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Egypt Cairo

30
1,376 928
Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Venezuela Caracas

31
1,441 945
Nigeria is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Nigeria Abuja

32
1,621 1,363
Angola is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Angola Luanda

33
1,333 679
Algeria is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Algeria Algiers

34
1,144 579
Turkmenistan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Turkmenistan Ashgabat

35
1,081 554
Tajikistan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Tajikistan Dushanbe

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36
914 608
Niger is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Niger Niamey

37
1,186 688
Uzbekistan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Uzbekistan Tashkent

38
1,048 738
Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Rwanda Kigali

39
1,089 517
Djibouti is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Djibouti Djibouti

40
1,608 1,324
Uganda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Uganda Kampala

41
1,093 631
Bangladesh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Bangladesh Dhaka

42
1,883 1,198
Azerbaijan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Azerbaijan Baku

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43
1,298 768
Mauritania is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mauritania Nouakchott

44
1,527 1,307
Albania is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Albania Tirana

45
801 453
Malawi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Malawi Lilongwe

46
1,229 864
Swaziland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Swaziland Mbabane, Lobamba

47
971 687
Chad is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Chad N'Djamena

48
916 624
Burundi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Burundi Bujumbura

49
867 422
Eritrea is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Eritrea Asmara

50
862 565
Burkina Faso is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Burkina Faso Ouagadougou