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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.

1
12,164 10,143
United States of America is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Washington, D.C.

2
8,041 8,347
Israel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Jerusalem

3
6,422 9,130
Russia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Moscow

4
4,717 7,064
Cuba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Havana

5
8,758 4,862
Saudi Arabia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Riyadh

6
5,068 7,114
Mexico is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mexico City

7
6,057 2,748
Poland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Warsaw

8
1,459 567
Soviet Union is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
LukasOtapka added Moscow

9
2,017 791
Nazi Germany is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Berlin

10
5,094 4,773
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mogadishu

11
3,316 6,139
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Seoul

12
4,456 4,344
Sudan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Khartoum

13
5,919 5,954
China is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Beijing

14
6,997 5,686
North Korea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Pyongyang

15
5,349 5,523
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Ankara

16
5,212 5,816
Syria is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Damascus

17
5,955 5,170
Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Islamabad

18
4,499 4,412
Yemen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Sana'a

19
4,012 4,397
India is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
New Delhi

20
4,692 4,603
Afghanistan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kabul

21
3,799 3,081
Qatar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Doha

22
3,349 2,162
United Arab Emirates is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

23
1,371 980
Congo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Brazzaville

24
3,098 2,248
Kuwait is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kuwait City

25
3,183 6,092
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Brasília

26
1,648 1,144
South Sudan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

27
2,460 2,067
Democratic Republic of the Con... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

28
1,783 1,452
Zimbabwe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Harare

29
1,400 942
Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Caracas

30
1,863 1,087
Egypt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Cairo

31
1,460 954
Nigeria is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Abuja

32
1,637 1,375
Angola is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Luanda

33
1,347 691
Algeria is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Algiers

34
1,061 748
Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kigali

35
924 620
Niger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Niamey

36
1,198 700
Uzbekistan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Tashkent

37
1,089 566
Tajikistan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Dushanbe

38
1,150 591
Turkmenistan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Ashgabat

39
1,619 1,333
Uganda is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kampala

40
1,098 527
Djibouti is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Djibouti

41
1,108 648
Bangladesh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Dhaka

42
1,892 1,211
Azerbaijan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Baku

43
1,543 1,324
Albania is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Tirana

44
1,304 779
Mauritania is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Nouakchott

45
874 570
Burkina Faso is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Ouagadougou

46
981 695
Chad is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
N'Djamena

47
925 631
Burundi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Bujumbura

48
1,236 875
Swaziland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mbabane, Lobamba

49
807 460
Malawi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Lilongwe

50
1,439 720
Liberia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Monrovia