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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
12 480 10 264
United States of America is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Washington, D.C.

2
8 239 8 458
Israel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Jerusalem

3
6 535 9 308
Russia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Moscow

4
4 774 7 233
Cuba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Havana

5
8 895 4 918
Saudi Arabia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Riyadh

6
5 113 7 263
Mexico is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mexico City

7
6 166 2 848
Poland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Warsaw

8
5 147 4 851
Somalia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mogadishu

9
2 143 858
Nazi Germany is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Berlin

10
1 545 629
Soviet Union is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
LukasOtapka added Moscow

11
3 379 6 314
South Korea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Seoul

12
6 031 6 020
China is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Beijing

13
7 096 5 727
North Korea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Pyongyang

14
4 499 4 377
Sudan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Khartoum

15
5 406 5 576
Turkey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Ankara

16
6 039 5 231
Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Islamabad

17
5 263 5 915
Syria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Damascus

18
4 533 4 458
Yemen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Sana'a

19
4 095 4 490
India is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
New Delhi

20
4 734 4 654
Afghanistan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kabul

21
3 836 3 111
Qatar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Doha

22
1 401 995
Congo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Brazzaville

23
3 381 2 193
United Arab Emirates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World

24
3 123 2 278
Kuwait is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kuwait City

25
3 208 6 182
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Brasília