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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
7,180 6,738
Israel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Israel Jerusalem

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2
9,044 9,573
United States of America is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
United States of America Washington, D.C.

3
5,896 6,780
Russia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Russia Moscow

4
4,362 4,990
Cuba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Cuba Havana

5
4,740 4,908
Mexico is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mexico Mexico City

6
7,900 4,559
Saudi Arabia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Saudi Arabia Riyadh

7
4,805 3,800
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Somalia Mogadishu

8
4,972 3,935
Syria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Syria Damascus

9
3,079 4,287
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
South Korea Seoul

10
5,564 4,602
China is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
China Beijing

11
5,032 4,298
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Turkey Ankara

12
4,266 3,507
Sudan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Sudan Khartoum

13
6,638 4,826
North Korea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
North Korea Pyongyang

14
3,027 4,079
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Brazil Brasília

15
4,504 3,681
Afghanistan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Afghanistan Kabul

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16
3,924 2,381
Poland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Poland Warsaw

17
4,331 3,911
Yemen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Yemen Sana'a

18
5,655 4,669
Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Pakistan Islamabad

19
4,255 3,548
Iraq is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Iraq Baghdad

20
3,625 2,911
Qatar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Qatar Doha

21
3,741 4,040
India is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
India New Delhi

22
3,517 2,853
Iran is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Iran Tehran

23
3,231 2,518
Libya is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Libya Tripoli

24
1,722 982
Egypt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Egypt Cairo

25
627 320
Soviet Union is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
LukasOtapka added Soviet Union Moscow

26
638 318
Nazi Germany is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Nazi Germany Berlin

27
1,506 828
Oman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Oman Muscat

28
2,968 2,149
Kuwait is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kuwait Kuwait City

29
3,071 2,054
United Arab Emirates is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

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30
1,382 832
Morocco is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Morocco Rabat

31
2,207 1,463
Bahrain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Bahrain Manama

32
1,521 748
State of Palestine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

33
1,129 624
Uzbekistan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Uzbekistan Tashkent

34
1,019 501
Tajikistan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Tajikistan Dushanbe

35
1,044 472
Djibouti is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Djibouti Djibouti

36
1,085 530
Turkmenistan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Turkmenistan Ashgabat

37
1,261 628
Algeria is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Algeria Algiers

38
1,541 1,069
South Sudan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

39
3,036 4,267
England is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
bigcraig added England London

40
1,662 1,376
Zimbabwe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Zimbabwe Harare

41
4,158 5,486
United Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

42
1,259 874
Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Venezuela Caracas

43
1,352 1,315
Angola is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Angola Luanda

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44
1,987 2,006
Democratic Republic of the Con... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

45
1,546 1,117
Azerbaijan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Azerbaijan Baku

46
984 900
Congo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Congo Brazzaville

47
1,114 890
Nigeria is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Nigeria Abuja

48
1,340 1,279
Uganda is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Uganda Kampala

49
811 701
Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Rwanda Kigali

50
824 587
Bangladesh is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Bangladesh Dhaka