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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
11,414 9,991
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
7,864 8,148
Israel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Israel Jerusalem

3
6,294 8,520
Russia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Russia Moscow

4
4,655 6,482
Cuba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Cuba Havana

5
8,639 4,778
Saudi Arabia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Saudi Arabia Riyadh

6
5,001 6,538
Mexico is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mexico Mexico City

7
5,521 2,659
Poland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Poland Warsaw

8
1,893 716
Nazi Germany is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Nazi Germany Berlin

9
5,045 4,624
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Somalia Mogadishu

10
1,359 519
Soviet Union is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
LukasOtapka added Soviet Union Moscow

11
3,250 5,578
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
South Korea Seoul

12
4,414 4,297
Sudan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Sudan Khartoum

13
5,827 5,881
China is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
China Beijing

14
6,897 5,641
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
5,284 5,458
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Turkey Ankara

16
5,164 5,314
Syria is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Syria Damascus

17
4,462 4,324
Yemen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Yemen Sana'a

18
5,877 5,119
Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Pakistan Islamabad

19
3,158 5,585
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Brazil Brasília

20
4,655 4,448
Afghanistan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Afghanistan Kabul

21
3,937 4,319
India is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
India New Delhi

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22
3,761 3,037
Qatar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Qatar Doha

23
3,311 2,132
United Arab Emirates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

24
1,343 961
Congo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Congo Brazzaville

25
3,073 2,224
Kuwait is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kuwait Kuwait City

26
1,621 1,127
South Sudan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

27
1,758 1,432
Zimbabwe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Zimbabwe Harare

28
1,832 1,065
Egypt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Egypt Cairo

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29
2,434 2,051
Democratic Republic of the Con... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

30
1,370 924
Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Venezuela Caracas

31
1,437 939
Nigeria is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Nigeria Abuja

32
1,617 1,358
Angola is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Angola Luanda

33
1,328 675
Algeria is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Algeria Algiers

34
1,078 548
Tajikistan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Tajikistan Dushanbe

35
1,140 573
Turkmenistan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Turkmenistan Ashgabat

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36
1,184 683
Uzbekistan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Uzbekistan Tashkent

37
909 604
Niger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Niger Niamey

38
1,043 735
Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Rwanda Kigali

39
1,087 513
Djibouti is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Djibouti Djibouti

40
1,605 1,320
Uganda is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Uganda Kampala

41
1,088 628
Bangladesh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Bangladesh Dhaka

42
1,879 1,194
Azerbaijan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Azerbaijan Baku

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43
1,296 764
Mauritania is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mauritania Nouakchott

44
1,523 1,301
Albania is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Albania Tirana

45
800 450
Malawi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Malawi Lilongwe

46
1,227 861
Swaziland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Swaziland Mbabane, Lobamba

47
861 561
Burkina Faso is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Burkina Faso Ouagadougou

48
969 685
Chad is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Chad N'Djamena

49
914 622
Burundi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Burundi Bujumbura

50
865 420
Eritrea is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Eritrea Asmara