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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
9,609 9,629
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
7,330 7,256
Israel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Israel Jerusalem

3
5,952 7,314
Russia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Russia Moscow

4
4,447 5,431
Cuba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Cuba Havana

5
8,223 4,608
Saudi Arabia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Saudi Arabia Riyadh

6
4,820 5,418
Mexico is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mexico Mexico City

7
4,863 3,901
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Somalia Mogadishu

8
3,114 4,484
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
South Korea Seoul

9
5,014 4,297
Syria is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Syria Damascus

10
5,634 4,953
China is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
China Beijing

11
888 355
Soviet Union is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
LukasOtapka added Soviet Union Moscow

12
4,445 2,418
Poland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Poland Warsaw

13
5,096 4,810
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Turkey Ankara

14
4,302 4,013
Sudan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Sudan Khartoum

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15
6,688 5,349
North Korea is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
North Korea Pyongyang

16
3,062 4,591
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Brazil Brasília

17
4,542 4,096
Afghanistan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Afghanistan Kabul

18
1,020 504
Nazi Germany is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Nazi Germany Berlin

19
4,367 4,250
Yemen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Yemen Sana'a

20
5,705 5,025
Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Pakistan Islamabad

21
3,666 2,978
Qatar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Qatar Doha

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22
3,136 2,082
United Arab Emirates is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

23
3,783 4,155
India is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
India New Delhi

24
2,998 2,180
Kuwait is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kuwait Kuwait City

25
1,754 1,018
Egypt is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Egypt Cairo

26
1,565 1,083
South Sudan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

27
4,294 3,922
Iraq is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Iraq Baghdad

28
1,150 641
Uzbekistan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Uzbekistan Tashkent

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29
1,037 515
Tajikistan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Tajikistan Dushanbe

30
1,312 885
Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Venezuela Caracas

31
1,279 641
Algeria is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Algeria Algiers

32
1,104 544
Turkmenistan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Turkmenistan Ashgabat

33
1,060 484
Djibouti is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Djibouti Djibouti

34
1,711 1,389
Zimbabwe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Zimbabwe Harare

35
1,206 909
Congo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Congo Brazzaville

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36
1,578 1,328
Angola is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Angola Luanda

37
1,336 903
Nigeria is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Nigeria Abuja

38
2,314 2,014
Democratic Republic of the Con... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

39
1,007 709
Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Rwanda Kigali

40
3,534 3,211
Iran is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Iran Tehran

41
3,248 2,844
Libya is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Libya Tripoli

42
1,566 1,289
Uganda is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Uganda Kampala

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43
1,035 599
Bangladesh is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Bangladesh Dhaka

44
3,093 4,735
England is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
bigcraig added England London

45
1,822 1,159
Azerbaijan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Azerbaijan Baku

46
2,220 1,656
Bahrain is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Bahrain Manama

47
1,402 974
Morocco is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Morocco Rabat

48
4,215 5,967
United Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

49
1,522 989
Oman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Oman Muscat

50
705 424
Malawi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Malawi Lilongwe