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The Most Controversial Countries In the World 

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Updated June 14, 2019 494k votes 30.6k voters 218.4k views 208 items

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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Saudi Arabia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Riyadh
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United States of America... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Washington, D.C.
3
Poland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Warsaw
4
United Arab Emirates is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
5
Kuwait is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kuwait City
6
North Korea is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Pyongyang
7
Qatar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Doha
8
Azerbaijan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Baku
9
South Sudan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
10
Egypt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Cairo
11
Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Islamabad
12
Djibouti is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Djibouti
13
Algeria is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Algiers
14
Eritrea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Asmara
15
Liberia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Monrovia
16
Bahrain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Manama
17
State of Palestine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
State of Palestine
18
Bangladesh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Dhaka
19
Oman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Muscat
20
Democratic Republic of t... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
21
Congo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Brazzaville
22
Mauritania is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Nouakchott
23
Nigeria is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Abuja
24
Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Caracas
25
Malawi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Lilongwe