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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
7,185 6,743
Israel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Israel Jerusalem

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2
9,050 9,574
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
5,900 6,783
Russia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Russia Moscow

4
4,362 4,992
Cuba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Cuba Havana

5
4,740 4,912
Mexico is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mexico Mexico City

6
7,904 4,559
Saudi Arabia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Saudi Arabia Riyadh

7
4,808 3,800
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Somalia Mogadishu

8
4,974 3,936
Syria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Syria Damascus

9
3,080 4,289
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
South Korea Seoul

10
5,567 4,602
China is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
China Beijing

11
5,033 4,299
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Turkey Ankara

12
4,267 3,509
Sudan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Sudan Khartoum

13
6,641 4,827
North Korea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
North Korea Pyongyang

14
3,028 4,081
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Brazil Brasília

15
4,506 3,682
Afghanistan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Afghanistan Kabul

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16
3,927 2,382
Poland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Poland Warsaw

17
4,333 3,912
Yemen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Yemen Sana'a

18
5,657 4,671
Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Pakistan Islamabad

19
4,257 3,550
Iraq is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Iraq Baghdad

20
3,746 4,041
India is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
India New Delhi

21
3,627 2,912
Qatar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Qatar Doha

22
3,518 2,853
Iran is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Iran Tehran

23
3,231 2,519
Libya is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Libya Tripoli

24
642 318
Nazi Germany is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Nazi Germany Berlin

25
629 320
Soviet Union is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
LukasOtapka added Soviet Union Moscow

26
1,723 984
Egypt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Egypt Cairo

27
1,507 828
Oman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Oman Muscat

28
2,968 2,150
Kuwait is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kuwait Kuwait City

29
3,071 2,055
United Arab Emirates is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

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30
1,382 833
Morocco is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Morocco Rabat

31
2,207 1,464
Bahrain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Bahrain Manama

32
1,521 750
State of Palestine is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

33
1,130 624
Uzbekistan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Uzbekistan Tashkent

34
1,020 501
Tajikistan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Tajikistan Dushanbe

35
1,045 472
Djibouti is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Djibouti Djibouti

36
1,086 530
Turkmenistan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Turkmenistan Ashgabat

37
1,542 1,069
South Sudan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

38
1,261 629
Algeria is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Algeria Algiers

39
3,036 4,269
England is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
bigcraig added England London

40
1,664 1,376
Zimbabwe is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Zimbabwe Harare

41
4,159 5,488
United Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

42
1,260 875
Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Venezuela Caracas

43
1,354 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
1,989 2,006
Democratic Republic of the Con... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

45
1,548 1,117
Azerbaijan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Azerbaijan Baku

46
986 900
Congo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Congo Brazzaville

47
1,116 890
Nigeria is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Nigeria Abuja

48
1,341 1,279
Uganda is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Uganda Kampala

49
812 701
Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Rwanda Kigali

50
825 587
Bangladesh is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Bangladesh Dhaka