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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
12,250 10,161
United States of America is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Washington, D.C.

2
8,085 8,362
Israel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Jerusalem

3
6,439 9,188
Russia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Moscow

4
4,726 7,119
Cuba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Havana

5
8,779 4,870
Saudi Arabia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Riyadh

6
5,076 7,167
Mexico is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mexico City

7
6,103 2,773
Poland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Warsaw

8
1,481 576
Soviet Union is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
LukasOtapka added Moscow

9
2,053 812
Nazi Germany is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Berlin

10
5,105 4,806
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mogadishu

11
3,329 6,200
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Seoul

12
5,945 5,962
China is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Beijing

13
4,465 4,351
Sudan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Khartoum

14
7,018 5,695
North Korea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Pyongyang

15
5,362 5,530
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Ankara

16
5,968 5,179
Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Islamabad

17
5,222 5,862
Syria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Damascus

18
4,505 4,423
Yemen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Sana'a

19
4,025 4,412
India is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
New Delhi

20
3,810 3,086
Qatar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Doha

21
4,701 4,620
Afghanistan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kabul

22
1,382 983
Congo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Brazzaville

23
3,358 2,169
United Arab Emirates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

24
3,103 2,257
Kuwait is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kuwait City

25
3,188 6,139
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Brasília

26
2,466 2,070
Democratic Republic of the Con... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

27
1,791 1,457
Zimbabwe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Harare

28
1,653 1,149
South Sudan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

29
1,403 945
Venezuela is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Caracas

30
1,868 1,091
Egypt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Cairo

31
1,463 960
Nigeria is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Abuja

32
1,642 1,377
Angola is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Luanda

33
1,349 693
Algeria is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Algiers

34
1,064 752
Rwanda is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kigali

35
928 623
Niger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Niamey

36
1,199 705
Uzbekistan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Tashkent

37
1,152 594
Turkmenistan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Ashgabat

38
1,091 570
Tajikistan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Dushanbe

39
1,621 1,337
Uganda is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kampala

40
1,100 529
Djibouti is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Djibouti

41
1,550 1,326
Albania is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Tirana

42
1,112 651
Bangladesh is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Dhaka

43
1,896 1,215
Azerbaijan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Baku

44
1,306 782
Mauritania is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Nouakchott

45
875 573
Burkina Faso is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Ouagadougou

46
983 698
Chad is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
N'Djamena

47
927 634
Burundi is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Bujumbura

48
1,238 878
Swaziland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mbabane, Lobamba

49
810 463
Malawi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Lilongwe

50
1,017 774
Haiti is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Port-au-Prince