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The Most Controversial Countries In the World  

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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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United States of America is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Washington, D.C.
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Israel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Jerusalem
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Russia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Moscow
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Cuba is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Havana
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Saudi Arabia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Riyadh
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Mexico is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mexico City
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Poland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Warsaw
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Somalia is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Mogadishu
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Sudan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Khartoum
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China is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Beijing
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South Korea is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Seoul
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North Korea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Pyongyang
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Turkey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Ankara
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Pakistan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Islamabad
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Syria is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Damascus
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Yemen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Sana'a
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India is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
New Delhi
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Congo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Brazzaville
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Qatar is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Doha
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Afghanistan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kabul
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United Arab Emirates is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
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Kuwait is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Kuwait City
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South Sudan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
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Zimbabwe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World
Harare
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Democratic Republic of the Con... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Controversial Countries In the World