Top 10 Countries with the Worst Governments

The Top Ten
1 North Korea The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, is a country in Eastern Asia. Its capital is Pyongyang. It is currently ruled by the Juche leader Kim Jong-Un, after inheriting the title from his father, Kim Jong-Il, who in turn inherited it from his father, Kim Il-Sung.

North Korea's population as of February 18th, 2017 is 25,360,273.

North Korea is the third most corrupt country in the world, according to the CPI (Corruption Perceptions Index). It is also ranked 150th out of 163 nations in the Institution for Economics & Peace's Global Peace Index, making it one of the most dangerous countries in the world. ...read more.

Welcome to North Korea. The place that everything can be illegal. Made by the tyrant known as Kim Jong Un which was originally made by his grandfather known as Kim Il-sung with his father Kim Jong Il. Worst government with people starving while the Kims soaking in gold.

North Korea is like the modern day USSR. those of you who complain about living in America should be glad that you don't live here. at least the American government won't execute you for trying to leave the country

If Kim Jong un doesn't watch it he'll start wwIII and he will be ruined and defeated cus unlike hitler in wwII he won't have a bunch of powerful countries on his side, he will be invaded immediately, and likely the US won't wait 2 years to enter into the war. I mean his method for getting allies for the potential for war is by threats for a nuclear attack when all those countries could just easily develope a strong nuclear defense.

How can the US's government be worse than this?

Kim Jong Un joke: It's hard enough being the only fat guy in your class, but its more tough when you're the only fat guy in your whole country...

2 Somalia Somalia, officially the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a country in the Horn of Africa. The country is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa's ...read more.

If you were wondering how this could be worse than North Korea? Well let's think about the fundamental purpose of government. To control people where they need to be controlled. Then let's see whether the Somalian government does that. The answer is, nope, not really.

The situation in Somalia is bad, but there was nothing that the government do to stop what happened.

I knew the US was bad, but not this bad! Seriously! Clearly the worst!

It doesn't HAVE a body that can possibly govern...

3 South Sudan South Sudan, officially the Republic of South Sudan, is a landlocked country in northeastern Africa that gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Its current capital is Juba, which is also its largest city. It is bordered to the east by Ethiopia, to the north by Sudan, to the west by the Central ...read more.

The people that were entrusted with the government offices have continued to grow wealth while the people continue to be some of the poorest in the world.

4 United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the British Empire in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. They won their independence in 1783 with the Treaty of Paris. Its capital, Washington D.C. (District of Columbia) is defined by imposing neoclassical monuments and buildings including the iconic ones that house the federal government's 3 branches: the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. Though it has no official language, English and ...read more.

They keep people of color oppressed, then they make white people feel guilty about their history through the education system. People of color are raised to believe that whites are the source of all their suffering, and in return, whites think that they are whiners because many white people didn't do anything wrong. Notice how the government turns people against each other? This gives the government more power because people will ask them to make things better. There will never be racial equality unless there is a better government.

I don't know what happens in North Korea. I do know what's happening in Middle East and how the United States are responsible for so much of what's going on, while mistreating their own colored people for no other reason but their blatant xenophobia. Their hatred for communism and anything that "seems" alike makes them blind.
I can't say I hold their government in any positive regard because of all this.

The government is working against it's own citizens. They aren't open with us and in turn are failing us. They never think about what's best for the people as a whole, but only care about personal beliefs. What happened to a form of government that was"for" the people? Don't get me started on how entitled some people in the government are! And our president? An absolute fool!

US government has been spending $8 Million Dollars PER HOUR on WAR for past 15 YEARS straight.

Obviously nothing improves as a result of these wars but you can bet some people are getting richer and richer.

The media in US is full of propaganda and social-engineering.

People ready to testify with knowledge about govt misdeeds wind up dead every time.

Majority of citizens are clueless and physically ill.

If you are black here-you might be killed by a cop because it hapens daily. Non-criminals get killed and they show us the videos on T.V..

What am I doing about it? I am shopping for a new country.

5 Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea, officially the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, is a country located in Central Africa, with an area of 28,000 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi). Formerly the colony of Spanish Guinea, its post-independence name evokes its location near both the Equator and the Gulf of Guinea. As of ...read more.
6 Syria Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a Western Asian country located in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Levant. It is a unitary republic that consists of 14 governorates (subdivisions), and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east and southeast, Jordan to the south, and Israel and Lebanon to the southwest. Cyprus lies to the west across the Mediterranean Sea. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including the majority Syrian Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, Assyrians, Armenians, Circassians, Albanians and Greeks. Religious groups include Muslims, Christians, Alawites, ...read more.

Just look at Syria. No offense Syrians but the country is the exact definition of a hole. There government is a dictatorship the state controls everything hell the government even ordered the army to shoot their own people.

As a Syrian myself, don't listen to what the media tells you, we are in horrible times but our president is not killing us. DO. NOT. believe in these horrendous lies, we are going through the worst of situations, but this is just brainwashing propaganda

Not even Kim Jong Un goes around killing his own people, Syria's government actually bombs its own country. Talk about sad. Hopefully things in Syria get better soon...

Honestly, I think this should be above the United States. I mean, this is the only government that'd have the balls to drop an entire atomic bomb on their states...

7 Iran Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The capital city is Teheran and the major city is also Tehran. The country's official language is Persian. ...read more.

Religious freedom is recognized, but Christians must sign federally-enforced attendance records. Other minority religions must do the same, and if you think Sunnis are exempt, think again! They're not. Same surveillance for them too. Other than that, the government is a lot better than other countries (COUGH) NORTH KOREA (COUGH). However, it is on par with the Soviet Union in terms of oppression (modern Russian Government is more repressive than even the Soviet Union was. Says something about modern Russia).

USA at 2 Iran at 6 Iran is a awful repressive regime that punishes people who disobey their Islamic laws they even have the death penalty for gay people and regularly enforce it. They also spy on other religions. They also threaten their neighbors and other nations they don't like. You liberals seriously need to get over the fact that trump won.

The government here at least works and gets stuff done. Though they are Islamic Fundamentalists, they allow almost every other religion to live in Iran freely, though Jews are under constant surveillance (as how Muslims are in the US). The Bahais are constantly persecuted and murdered though =(.

Islamic Fundamentalist nut jobs who hi-jacked the hopes and dreams of a warm and noble people. Very Very sad...

8 Liberia Liberia, officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country on the West African coast. Liberia means "Land of the Free" in Latin.
9 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is a country on the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It has a land area of about 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), making it the fifth-largest country in Asia, the second-largest in the Arab world, and the largest in Western Asia. It is bordered ...read more.

Persecute other religions and women have little rights. Up until 2017, they couldn't even drive without a male companion.
Also, they commit war crimes in Yemen, targeting schools, hospitals and weddings. It's sad that the government of my country(United States) actively helps them in doing so.

This should easily be in the top 5. Maybe top 3 even.

How are they not higher on this list?

10 Afghanistan Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Referred to as the Heart of Asia, it is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south, Iran to the west, Turkmenistan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the north, Tajikistan to the northeast, and China to the northeast and east. Occupying 652,864 square kilometers (252,072 sq mi) of land, the country is predominantly mountainous with plains in the north and the southwest, which are separated by the Hindu Kush mountain range. As of 2021, its population is 40.2 million, composed mostly of ethnic Pashtuns, Tajiks, Hazaras, and Uzbeks. Kabul is the country's largest ...read more.

This country should be number one in this. It has worst government in the world.

The Contenders
11 Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo is a country in Africa. It was founded in August 15, 1960 after being occupied by France for 80 years. Its capital, largest, and most populous city is Brazzaville. Some other cities include Pointe-Noire, Dolisie, and Nkayi. Since Republic of the Congo was colonized by the French ...read more.
12 India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. The most spoken languages are Hindi and English, but there are 22 official Indian languages.

India Should be in number 1, because North Korea ruled by single person not Government. Indian Politican System is worst, Every Government offices engaged in high corruption which supported by Politicians, Every indian struggling to get their justice. No person will not get justice without Money.

By the way the Indian people are great people. Many think that Indians are dirty filth but this is not true. In the end, it is the politicians' fault that India is not yet developed. The politicians care more about themselves than the people of India.

India is full of Hindu fanatics. Its actually Hindus who are the worst, I have no idea why. They're filthy and black, a Hindu fanatic even murdered Gandhi. Today, Hindu fanatics kill people for eating meat. Hindu fanatics slander other religions. Hindu fanatics support violence. BJP needs to go, Modi needs to go.

Very corrupt. I am Indian, so I know. We need better politicians. I think Modi is a step in the right direction. One day, India will have little corruption.

13 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion. China spans five geographical time zones and borders 14 countries, the second most of any country in the world after Russia. Covering an area of approximately 9.6 million square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the world's third or fourth largest country. The country consists of 23 provinces, five autonomous regions, four municipalities, and two Special Administrative Regions (Hong Kong and Macau). The national capital is Beijing, and the most populous city and financial center is Shanghai. Chinese (Mandarin) is the only official ...read more.

Yep. China (Mainland) is basically becoming the new North Korea at this point, ever since Xi Jinping got elected. Also, ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, the rates of propaganda and censorship skyrocketed by shipping it worldwide, and even worse, many Westerners are brainwashed by the government as "white monkeys". The government spreads propaganda through modern apps like TikTok, which is a platform many people use nowadays, as well as making them shill for the government as a result. We need to be on our feet nowadays for a third World War or a second Cold War, as the CCP may be behind it.

It and North Korea are essentially if 1984 actually happened. Completely totalitarian, censors everything, including harmless things that have no reason to be banned at all and let's not forget how they have 1 million Uyghurs(Most of whom have probably not done anything to deserve it) in "re-education" camps.
This is why I admire the Kong Kong protesters, they are risking their lives, standing up to a Totalitarian regime, to ensure liberty in their area for at least the next 20 years.

Chinese government are bunch of robbers, the country was invaded back than and now they're trying to do the same thing to other countries, people have now freedom under their govern rule.

This has to be way higher. They use their own people for cheap, mass production. For everything "Made in China", at least one person had to suffer labour. This should be way, way higher.

14 Chad Chad, officially the Republic of Chad, is a landlocked country in northern Central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon to the south-west, Nigeria to the southwest (at Lake Chad), and Niger to the west. It has a population ...read more.
15 Libya Libya, officially the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west.

Ever since Gaddafi was removed, this country has been a failed state.

16 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat) are located in Pakistan.

This government's involvement with terrorism has led to the jihadist conflict all throughout the Middle East. They claim they are trying to end it, but they are simply pouring more and more money into the hands of Al Qaeda.

They diverted American Aid for Afghan rebels to the Taliban, which provided a training ground for the US

It is a poor and inefficient socialist terrorist country.

All government needs to get there act together.

This is what happens when you close your eyes and vote for Nawaz Sharif.

17 Russia Russia, or the Russian Federation (RF), is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world by area, covering over 17,125,191 square kilometres (6,612,073 sq mi), and encompassing one-eighth of Earth's inhabitable landmass. Russia extends across eleven time zones and borders sixteen sovereign nations, the most of any country in the world. It is the ninth-most populous country and the most populous country in Europe, with a population of 145.5 million. The country's capital and largest city is Moscow, the largest city entirely within Europe. Saint Petersburg is Russia's cultural centre and second-largest city. Other major urban areas ...read more.

At this point, the Russian government is pretty much like Chinese government lite. Not as Authoritarian but getting dangerously close as Putin slowly abuses his power and makes Russia an Authoritarian Ultranationalist state erasing any opposition to his rule.
Let's not forget how he funds Russian Separatists to cause a civil war in Ukraine and take it's lands despite the fact that the Russian minority in Ukraine was not oppressed. It's no wonder that Putin's popularity among Russians is dropping. Soon, the only people who would unironically support him are vatniks.

Continued. Everybody who voted America as the worst goverment, go live in Russia or China. Trust me in 6 months you will be crawling, bleeding, begging, and crying to come back in. Yes America is flawed but so is every country. America has a small goverment for a reason.

No Russia is definitely not communist do a little research before you write something down, and all this about how awful Russia is for its involvement in the middle east is idiotic. The U.S gives Saudi Arabia 34 billion dollars to bomb whoever they please.

While they are a world superpower, they go completely against the UN, an organization that they are in. All their policies want is trouble.

18 Eritrea Eritrea officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in East Africa. With its capital at Asmara, it is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast.
19 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked sovereign state located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers.

Most racist country in all of Southern Africa. If you're looking for a country to move to in the southern part of the continent, just move to Botswana or Namibia instead. They're far more accepting of other ethnicities than Zimbabwe is.

20 Serbia Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a landlocked country in Southeastern and Central Europe, situated at the crossroads of the Pannonian Plain and the Balkans. It shares land borders with Hungary to the north, Romania to the northeast, Bulgaria to the southeast, North Macedonia to the south, ...read more.

This is a government which is composed of illiterate criminals and corrupt that nothing matters except profit. Panties and over the bodies of their own people to not only lose their function. Employed exclusively by your tribe, and the others harassed and expelled. This is a government which, in practice, very close to fascism! Violence against the media, concealing important facts and disclosure of nonsense and lies are the basis for the functioning of the government. They are known from the time of wars and poverty. Today we are again approaching that time, under the auspices and with the blessing of Western countries.

Masked people destroying some buildings in the middle of the night in a street in Serbia's capital city is not a terorist act, while Police do not know about it, the communal police neither, the officials of the municipality, city or the state, also nothing. Nobody knows and nobody cares, also nothing happend. Few buildings destroyed? Deal with it & have a nice time in Serbia.

Serbia is governed by self-centered egomaniac who has managed to take control over all spheres of public life within his grasp, under the charade of democratic transparency maintained by frequent elections - held for no reason whatsoever other than maintaining a state of permanent pre-electoral campaigning.

Our prime minister is selling everything that is valuable in our country to his foreign partners! He is essentially selling national property as it is his own.
He adjusted laws, police, courts of law... all that is needed to assist him in his treason!

21 Angola
22 Venezuela Venezuela, officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a federal republic located on the northern coast of South America.

People who vote for the US just don't know the rest of the world. Here, we live in a complete and utter corruption/drugdealing mess. Ok, we have oil. But we give half of it to Cuba and the rest is to buy the friendship of neighbor countries. Meanwhile, our hospitals and health system are looking like Africa, we have the highest inflation rate of the world, and one of the highest murder rates too. 98% of the media belongs to the goverment, they torture opposition prisoners in our overcrowded prisons. EVERYONE gets robbed. Motorized vehicles rule the deteriorate streets. We also have the lack of water, the constant blackouts, making two hours lines to get Toilet Papaer, vegetable oil and flour, one of the slowest internet connections...
All the government does is steal our money for them.

A wealthy nation. Venezuela ranked 3rd strongest and fastest economy growth in the world in the early 60s. This nation had more oil than the UAE. Rich and bless in natural resources, Venezuela has one of the worse regiment in the world. Venezuela ranks #1 most dangerous country in the world. Highest inflation. It is imposible to survive in a country were its lowest minimum wage is $14 per month

Corruption continued for over two decades. Once a rich land that has had its system overhauled by corruption and has lost its ability to set conditions for people to survive.

23 Israel Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia. It is situated on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea, and shares borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan to the east, and Egypt to the southwest; it is also ...read more.

The only thing keeping people together is the hatred they breed towards those who are different. They keep killing people much more vulnerable and without little regard for them as human beings, and discriminate against all Palestinians as if they were all the same.
United States, for its abusive, war-oriented exterior relationship policies and mistreament of colored people, would come first, but when it comes to intolerance and war-mentality towards others, Israel -by a slight margin- takes the cake.

Israel directly killed many Palestinians. They also have some influence over the US, causing the US to attack its enemies such as Iraq, Iran, Libya Syria, etc.

That leaves Palestine without an ally and the Zionists controlling a land that isn't theirs. They also created Isis to raise tensions in the middle east and overthrow the Middle Eastern governments.

Israeli government is a terrorist organisation,They kill innocent Palestineans for racist believes. While people may say this is because of war, No wake up!, It's genocide not war. They keep saying Israel is the best democracy in that ME. Nonsense! Go to the west bank and Gazza and you will know the truth.

Very arrogant, they think they are the chosen people and that other races don't deserve to life... Exactly like the Nazis, they victimized with the Nazi stuff and they act like Nazis.

24 Sudan Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan, is a country in Northeast Africa. It shares borders with the Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west, Egypt to the north, Eritrea to the northeast, Ethiopia to the southeast, Libya to the northwest, South Sudan to the south and the Red ...read more.
25 Congo The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, DRC, DROC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply the Congo is a country located in Central Africa.

This country have the most powerless hour beenmemt in the word. The gouverent is not even able to communicate with the nation about humanity crime made in the country. What a sad nation

In this country, the riches people from the gouvernment mostly touch more than one million. Then, there is not middle class, only poor

Beautiful and Amazing, but ruled badly, Hopefully one day it's going to change

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