60 Worst Countries in the World

Postcards From Hell. Every year Foreign Policy and Fund For Peace make a list of 60 worst countries according to the score out of 177 countries. Score is assigned on the basis of health, political corruption, poverty & hunger etc… Lets have a look at this year most failed countries in the world.

1. Somalia
There’s a reason Somalia has topped the Failed States Index for five years straight. Although the internationally recognized Transitional Federal Government gained control of the capital, Mogadishu, last August after the hard-won withdrawal of the terrorist group al-Shabab, it still lacks control of large swaths of the country, including Somaliland and Puntland in the north. The Somali police are “generally ineffective,” while violence, piracy, and kidnappings are regular threats. Last year, one of the deadliest droughts in decades resulted in a famine that killed tens of thousands of people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the country, where 16 percent of the population was internally displaced in 2011 — the highest rate worldwide. African Union and Kenyan troops are working to help bring security to Somalia, and signs of growth in Mogadishu are offering a flicker of hope, while plans to pass a new constitution and elect a new president and prime minister later this summer offer a crucial test.
Here, a Somali boy sits in the ruins of what used to be the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Mogadishu on Aug. 18, 2011. Hundreds of Somalis set up temporary shelters inside the cathedral’s ruins after fleeing from their villages during the worst drought in the past 60 years.

2. Democratic Republic of the Congo
Nine years after the official end of the Second Congo War, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) held presidential elections in November 2011. But the chaotic voting, marred by violence, corruption, and instability, only underscored the fact that the country — where 1.7 million of the total 71 million residents are internally displaced persons — remains terrifyingly unstable. The winner of the polls, which were widely discounted by the international community, was Joseph Kabila, who has ruled the DRC since his father, the former president, was assassinated in 2001. Although Kabila may have clung to power, he by no means sits comfortably in the presidential palace. Former rebel leader Bosco Ntaganda, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, continues to conduct attacks against civilians and political opponents with impunity. His actions are only part of the epidemic of violence that plagues the country, particularly in the eastern region, which has been called the “rape capital of the world.”
Above, a bloodied supporter of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress is helped by a friend after clashes with police and army forces in Kinshasa, the capital, on Nov. 26, 2011. The supporters were waiting for the main opposition leader, Etienne Tshisekedi, who was not allowed to hold a rally in town.
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3. Sudan
The year 2011 saw the fragile state of Sudan literally break in two when South Sudan formally declared independence in July. The split between the two longtime rivals has not been a peaceful one, with numerous skirmishes over oil-producing regions along the border, a worsening internal refugee crisis as South Sudanese find themselves stranded in the north, and each side accusing the other of supporting internal rebel movements. Tensions came to a head in April of this year when the Khartoum regime launched airstrikes and sent ground troops over the border, and northern President Omar al-Bashir vowed to wipe out South Sudanese leaders, referring to them as “insects.” Analysts are now warning that a wider war looms.
Here, the shell of a vehicle that was hit by a bomb sits in front of the abandoned village of Trogi during fighting in the South Kordofan region along the border.

4. Chad
Chad’s fortunes appeared to improve in 2010, when President Idriss Déby and Bashir, his Sudanese counterpart, ended long-simmering hostilities between the two neighbors (the troubled Darfur region sits along their shared border). But 2011 — the 50th anniversary of Chad’s independence from France — brought more tumult. Déby secured a fourth term in a race that was boycotted by opposition parties, who accused the president’s party of rigging previous parliamentary elections. More recently, the impoverished central African nation experienced a food emergency as part of a larger crisis in the Sahel region. Journalist Steve Coll has described Chad, which became an oil-producing nation in 2003, as “a poster child for the resource curse.”
Above, women in colorful, flowing fabrics gather around a shared human and animal watering hole near Lake Chad.
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5. Zimbabwe
After more than three decades of strongman Robert Mugabe’s misrule — punctuated by massacres, assassinations, and government-led campaigns against white farmers — Zimbabwe is in shambles. The country’s economy has deteriorated for much of the past decade, and in 2008 hyperinflation peaked at an annual rate that one economist calculated as the second highest in world history. Since then, the economy has begun to expand again, growing by an estimated 6 percent in 2011, but Zimbabwe remains politically fragile: Mugabe’s power-sharing arrangement with opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai remains more theory than reality. The country’s future, and how much worse it will sink on this list, depends largely on who will rule when the 88-year-old Mugabe dies.
Here, a poster of Mugabe hangs torn on a street-side wall in Bulawayo.
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6. Afghanistan
From corruption and intrigue surrounding President Hamid Karzai’s rule to an unyielding reliance on the opium trade to being the world’s most hostile country for women, Afghanistan unquestionably checks just about every box for state failure. And that’s aside from the decade-long war that shows no signs of an immediate resolution, despite U.S. plans to withdraw troops as early as 2013. The chances of success for NATO’s upcoming security handover to the Afghans depend precariously on cooperation from Pakistan, as well as whether the Taliban — lately resurgent in the country’s north — can be contained. Afghanistan’s trajectory on the Failed States Index — where it has inched up from No. 11 in 2005 to No. 6 this year — unfortunately does not bode well.
In the above prize-winning photo, a girl screams while surrounded by the bodies of a suicide attack in Kabul on Dec. 6, 2011. More than 70 people lost their lives in the bombing.

7. Haiti
It’s been more than two years since a massive earthquake reduced much of this island nation to rubble, but the road to recovery remains a long one for Haiti. In May, musician-cum-president Michel Martelly, who was elected on a platform of sweeping reform and infrastructure development, marked one year in office. But his time in power has been marred by corruption scandals and plagued by political infighting and suggestions from critics that Martelly, better known as “Sweet Micky,” plans on setting himself up as a dictator. There could be some hope for future development: As foreign aid continues to dwindle, the country is attempting to rebrand itself as a tourist destination. Still, social, economic, and political unrest, paired with the the country’s enduring image as a disaster zone, have so far stymied the return of vacationers.
Here, a Haitian boy walks by the destroyed presidential palace on March 8, 2012, in Port-au-Prince. Tens of thousands of Haitians are still living in tent camps in and around the capital.
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8. Yemen
The 22-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh finally came to an end in November, when he agreed to step down amid widespread protests and escalating violence in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa. But democracy hasn’t exactly flowered in Yemen, where only one candidate, former Vice President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, was on the ballot in an election in February. Meanwhile, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has taken advantage of the political chaos to seize several towns in the country’s south. The military has launched an all-out offensive to recapture the lost territory, and the United States has stepped up its strikes on al Qaeda targets.
Above, Yemeni soldiers ride on top of a pick-up truck near the town of Jaar, a jihadist stronghold north of the Abyan provincial capital Zinjibar, on May 30, 2012, as Yemeni forces continued their offensive against al Qaeda loyalists in the south.

9. Iraq
Although overall levels of violence in Iraq have declined substantially from the peak of sectarian strife in 2006-2007, deadly bombings and shootings have repeatedly undermined security. The country’s brittle power-sharing arrangement was tested only days after the United States completed its troop withdrawal from Iraq in December 2011, when Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shiite-led government issued an arrest warrant for Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi on charges that he ran death squads. But Maliki, who recently sidestepped a no-confidence vote, has presided over some successes as well. Oil production is at its highest levels in decades, and Iraq’s GDP more than doubled between 2010 and 2011.
Above, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks during a news conference as a security guard stands by in the fortified Green Zone in Baghdad. Maliki denounced a U.S. raid against a Shia militia that was carried out in Sadr City.

10. Central African Republic
When the Associated Press calls a nation “desperately poor” despite rich mineral deposits, adding that “armed bandits and insurgents roam the anarchic countryside”; when the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office recommends visitors avoid “non-essential” travel to most parts of the country’s territory, and the Lonely Planet calls it the “real” Africa because it’s so “underdeveloped, fragmented and poverty-stricken”; and when a Danish journalist can buy himself an ambassadorship to the country and uses it to satirize the absurd corruption that rends it — well, it sadly wasn’t a good year for progress in the Central African Republic.
Above, a woman walks in the rebel-held town of Kaga Bandoro in the country’s north.
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11. Ivory Coast
Last year was one of political upheaval and deadly violence for the Ivory Coast. Denying his defeat in the November 2010 presidential election, incumbent Laurent Gbagbo held fast to his seat for months, ordering security forces to kill some 3,000 people opposing him. Gbagbo finally ceded power the following April, when he was taken into custody by troops loyal to his opponent, Alassane Ouattara, before the International Criminal Court charged him with crimes against humanity. Ouattara assumed the presidency, but the months of turbulence have left the country in economic distress; millions are unemployed due to sanctions against Gbagbo and a decline in foreign investment.
Above, a home in Grand Lahou, about 100 miles west of the capital Abidjan, on May 14, 2012. The house was once part of the city but is now being swallowed by the sea.

12. Guinea
Less than two years ago, Guinea elected its first democratically chosen president — Alpha Condé, formerly an opposition leader who ran on a platform of reform — and just one year ago, Condé survived an assassination attempt by members of the armed services. Despite the rocky start for democracy in Guinea, the West African nation has continued to push forward with ambitious plans for development. Rich in mineral deposits (it has the world’s largest supply of bauxite, used to make aluminum), the Guinean government is attempting to increase its mining capabilities by opening the country’s first iron mine. It began production in June 2012, but Guinea’s expansion has already attracted attention for possible corruption. Britain’s Sunday Times reported that backroom deals threatened to divert millions of dollars in assets from companies investing in Guinea, even as the government tries to reform a mining industry that has been in chaos during the transition from dictatorship to democracy.
Here, supporters of a Guinean opposition party clash with police as they protest against president Alpha Alpha Condé on May 10, 2012, in the capital city of Conkry.

13. Pakistan
The May 2, 2011, killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, along with the ongoing drone war on the Afghanistan border, kept Pakistan in international headlines last year. But the country also faced grave challenges on a number of other fronts, including assassinations, political intrigue, and natural disasters. Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, an outspoken opponent of a controversial blasphemy law, was killed in January 2011. And targeted killings between rival political factions left hundreds dead in Karachi throughout the summer. The civilian government was further marginalized by the military following the bin Laden raid, culminating in the dramatic firing of the country’s ambassador to Washington after he reportedly warned of a possible “coup.”. And separatist violence continued to flare in the restive Balochistan province. Pakistan is currently locked in tense negotiations with NATO over supply routes into Afghanistan, which have been closed since 24 Pakistani troops were killed in a NATO airstrike in November.
Above, a Pakistani vendor talks on his phone as he walks down the middle of a railway track in Lahore on Jan. 5, 2012.

14. Nigeria
In April 2011, Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from Nigeria’s southern, oil-producing Niger Delta, resoundingly won what was arguably the country’s fairest presidential election ever. But he was immediately confronted with violent protests in the Muslim north that highlighted the deep ethnic, regional, and religious divisions in Africa’s most populous country. Now, Jonathan is grappling with violence from another source: the Islamist group Boko Haram, which has killed more than 1,000 people since mid-2009. The militants’ brazen attacks on everything from churches to the U.N.’s headquarters in Abuja coincided with mass protests across the country over the removal of fuel subsidies — an action the government later walked back.
Here, female students stand in a burnt classroom at Maiduguri Experimental School, a private school burnt by the Islamist group Boko Haram to discourage children from seeking education in Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria, on May 12, 2012.

15. Guinea-Bissau
Guinea-Bissau’s prime minister, Carlos Gomes Junior, said in September that he would welcome deposed Libyan President Muammar al-Qaddafi “with open arms.” He never had a chance; Qaddafi was killed in October, and Gomes himself was arrested while running for president this past April, after Guinea-Bissau suffered an all-too familiar coup. Coups have repeatedly racked the country over the past half-century: Since independence in 1974, not a single leader has finished his full term in office. In 2010, a drug kingpin who went by the name Rear Adm. José Américo Bubo Na Tchuto even helped staged a coup from the capital’s United Nations building.
Above, soldiers disperse a group of demonstrators in Bissau on April 14, 2012. Two days earlier, a group of Guinean soldiers attacked Junior’s residence and held various strategic points in the capital.

16. Kenya
One of Africa’s most developed countries, Kenya sat at No. 34 on the Failed States Index back in 2006, but by 2010 it had climbed its way up to 13, following a contested 2007 presidential election that led to widespread ethnic and tribal violence. For the past two years, the country has stayed put at No. 16, coinciding with the approval of a new constitution in 2010 and the International Criminal Court pressing charges against the alleged organizers of the post-election violence. Still, Kenya’s entanglement in Somalia, where it sent thousands of troops last fall, has resulted in several attacks and kidnappings along the Kenya-Somali border, introducing new pressures in a country still struggling to recover from a half-decade of turbulence. Kenya also hosts the world’s largest refugee camp, teeming with Somali drought victims.
Above, a shoe lays next to a blood stain on the ground at a scene of the second explosion at a bus station in downtown Nairobi on Oct. 24, 2011. The attacks came a week after Kenya launched a military operation in Somalia to track down the militant group al-Shabab, which the country blamed for a series of kidnappings of foreigners.

17. Ethiopia
If Ethiopians are looking for someone to blame for their three-spot leap on this year’s list, they might justifiably look to their neighbor to the east, Somalia. Continued instability in that country has had spillover effects in Ethiopia, which in 2011 sent troops across the Somali border in an effort to stem the rising influence of the al-Shabab movement. During the most intense period of a devastating combination of drought, famine, and instability in Somalia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimated that some 23,000 refugees were arriving each month in Ethiopia, straining resources. The drought also took its toll on the Ethiopian economy, which has experienced runaway growth in recent years but slowed slightly in 2011. While the Ethiopian government has moved to institute some reform in the agriculture sector — which employs 85 percent of workers and accounts for 41 percent of total output — those changes have been incremental at best and hardly sufficient to stand up to 2011’s record-breaking dry spell.
Here, a malnourished boy sits in front of a feeding center on June 10, 2008, in southern Ethiopia. Late rains in 2012 have put the country at risk for famine once again.

18. Burundi
Considered a post-conflict success story following the end of civil war in 2000, Burundi has more recently been lurching dangerously back toward instability since a disputed election in 2010, which led several disgruntled political opposition groups to take up arms. The ruling party, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy-Forces for the Defense of Democracy, and a reconstituted rebel group, the National Liberation Forces, have attacked each other in a series of targeted killings. The country suffered its worst massacre in years this past September when 40 people were killed in an attack at a bar near the Congolese border. Journalists and civil society leaders have also faced persecution.
Here, the bodies of victims of armed raiders are lined up for identification on Sept. 19, 2011, in the capital city of Bujumbura. Raiders killed at least 36 people when they stormed a Burundi bar and opened fire on patrons in one of the country’s worst attacks in months.
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19. Niger
Mahamadou Issoufou’s victory in Niger’s March 2011 presidential elections marked the country’s return to civilian rule after a military coup a year earlier that ousted Mamadou Tandja, (who was released from prison after Issoufou, an opposition leader during Tandja’s 10-year rule, came to power). But the impoverished West African nation, a major uranium exporter, hasn’t been able to shake its long history of military intrigue since achieving independence from France in 1960. Last July, five soldiers were arrested for allegedly plotting to assassinate Issoufou. Meanwhile, Niger is battling a food crisis, swarms of locusts, and the security threat posed by the rebel takeover in neighboring Mali.
Above, a Nigerien woman digs a trench to collect rainwater near the village of Tibiri in the southern Zinder region on May 28, 2012.

20. Uganda
The world has taken note of late of Joseph Kony, the Ugandan warlord and leader of the apocalyptic, cult-like Lord’s Resistance Army. In October, U.S. President Barack Obama sent 100 U.S. troops to Uganda to bolster its fight against the LRA, and in March the activist group Invisible Children began a viral social media effort to raise awareness of his thousands of victims. The only problem? Although Kony certainly spread chaos throughout the Uganda in past years, he has since left and is thought to be hiding in the Central African Republic. Instead of warlords, the real threat to Uganda may be the spread of Nodding Disease, an incurable neurological affliction that affects thousands of children in the region. In the political arena, however, things are looking better. Since 2011, when Uganda’s long-serving president, Yoweri Museveni — who has held power since 1986 — crushed opposition to his latest election and quashed political protest, he has begun to give signals that he may eventually relinquish control.
Above, Ugandans watch a screening of Kony 2012 — Invisible Children’s film on the war criminal — in the Lira district of Uganda on March 13, 2012. The video, which garnered 78 million hits on YouTube in a matter of weeks, outraged some Ugandans, resulting in walkouts and stone throwing.

21. Myanmar
Although it has been under military rule since the 1960s, Myanmar is a rarity on the Failed States Index: a country showing strong, measurable signs of progress. Since his election in March 2011, President Thein Sein has freed hundreds of political prisoners, taken steps to open up the economy and lift restrictions on the press, and allowed a somewhat democratic vote in March that saw the election of longtime opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to parliament. The pace of change under Thein has been rapid, leading the United States to ease economic restrictions against Myanmar and even paving the way late last year for Hillary Clinton to be the first U.S. secretary of state to visit the country in more than half a century. Widespread poverty and a recent rash of sectarian violence, meanwhile, are reminders of serious obstacles that remain.
Here, Suu Kyi receives flowers from supporters on her way to a political rally at a stadium in Pathein on Feb. 7, 2012.

22. North Korea
For all its horrors, North Korea refuses to collapse. It survived the disintegration of its patron, the Soviet Union, in 1991; the death of its founder and dictator for 46 years, Kim Il Sung, in 1994; and the world’s worst famine in decades, which led to the starvation of hundreds of thousands of people. The year 2011 saw both the ascension of Kim Jong Un, after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in late December, as well as renewed questions about life inside the Hermit Kingdom. In the world’s most opaque country, information is scarce, but it appears that the North, desperately poor and inhumanly repressive, still has enough inertia to keep muddling through.
Above, mourners react as a car carrying Kim Jong Il’s body passes by during the funeral procession in Pyongyang on Dec. 28, 2011. Millions of apparently grief-stricken North Koreans turned out to mourn the late Dear Leader.

23. Eritrea
In December, the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions on Eritrea, accusing the small East African country of supporting rebel groups in Somalia, including the al Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabab. The government has also been criticized for using its compulsory “national service” system to force thousands of young Eritreans into labor. Journalists, labor unions, and political activists are frequently subject to arbitrary detention and torture. And an estimated 2,000 Eritrean refugees arrive in Sudan each month, hoping to claim asylum. Not for nothing is Eritrean often labeled “Africa’s North Korea.”
Here, Eritrean farmers herd a team of donkeys into the capital city of Asmara for the main weekly Saturday market on Nov. 3, 2007. The red and blue logo of U.S.-government food aid is a common sight in Eritrea. Donated grain sacks are re-stitched as popular shopping bags.

23. Syria
Syria is in the throes of a debilitating uprising that began as peaceful anti-government protests in March 2011 and now features a (semi-)organized opposition, an armed rebellion, and signs that terrorist groups are exploiting the chaos. The United Nations estimates that more than 10,000 people have died during the government’s relentless crackdown on the opposition despite a U.N.-brokered peace plan, and sectarian civil war appears to be just around the corner. The international community has reached a standstill about how to respond to the conflict, but sanctions imposed by Arab and Western countries have still managed to take an economic toll. In March, Syria’s oil minister claimed that the measures had blasted a $4 billion hole in the country’s economy. Look for Syria to leap up in the rankings next year.
Here, the Syrian flag flies next to a destroyed building in the Bab Amro neighborhood of Homs on May 2, 2012.

25. Liberia
Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf — a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Africa’s first elected female head of state — is often celebrated by the international community. But her campaign for reelection this past fall, which she ultimately won in October, highlighted the criticism she has faced within her country; some accuse Johnson-Sirleaf of failing to crack down on corruption and foster economic growth, which continues to be hindered by high unemployment, illiteracy, poor health, and limited infrastructure. Although the Liberian economy has managed to rebuild modestly over the past decade, it is still recovering from the country’s 14-year civil war, which ended in 2003; the U.S. State Department estimates that about 68 percent of the total population lives below the poverty line today. In April of this year, Liberians watched as former president Charles Taylor, a key player behind the country’s deadly civil war, was sentenced in The Hague to 50 years of jail time for atrocities committed in neighboring Sierra Leone during his rule.
Liberian incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, above, waves at supporters during a campaign meeting in Monrovia on Nov. 6, 2011, two days before the second round of the presidential election.

26. Cameroon
In October 2011, Paul Biya, Cameroon’s incumbent president and uninterrupted ruler since 1982, won yet another landslide victory in an election tainted by allegations of electoral fraud. Any hopes that the sentiments of the Arab Spring might migrate southward to Cameroon were firmly quashed by the Biya administration, which imposed a crackdown on dissidents and the opposition in the run-up to the election. And as Biya’s rule continues undisturbed, so does a massive cholera outbreak that began in 2010 and has showed little signs of slowing down. Cholera, a disease that spreads largely as a result of poor sanitation systems, speaks volumes about current conditions in Cameroon, where more than a third of children suffer from stunted growth as a result of poor nutrition and 13.6 percent of children will die before the age of five.
Here, a hunter in the Cameroon jungle heads out to check traps on July 26, 2011. He is collecting blood smaples from animals for Dr. Nathan Wolfe, founder of a company that seeks to predict and prevent pathogen threats.
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27. Nepal
Sandwiched between India and China, impoverished, mountainous Nepal has long been a proxy battleground for influence among those powers, often cracking down on Tibetan refugees at the behest of its neighbor to the north. Nepal’s biggest problem is that it just can’t seem to form a government. A 2008 power-sharing agreement appointed Prachanda (“the Fierce One”), the head of the Maoist rebel group, as the country’s prime minister, but he resigned a year later when the president sacked his army chief. As recently as May, another attempt at forming a legislature failed; meanwhile, Nepal remains one of the poorest countries in Asia.
Supporters of the Maoist Unified Communist Party of Nepal, above, take part in a torch rally in Kathmandu on Sept. 2, 2011. Nepal’s former rebel Maoists handed over thousands of weapons five years after the civil war ended in a move seen as an important part of the nation’s troubled peace process.

28. East Timor
East Timor celebrated its first decade of independence this past May. Although the new nation’s early years were characterized by political infighting and ethnic conflict, things were a bit more stable in 2011, and U.N. peacekeepers, who are planning to pull out of the country at the end of 2012, have already handed over most security responsibilities to local forces. Human rights groups, meanwhile, have criticized East Timor for failing to prosecute perpetrators of human rights abuses during the country’s war for independence. Despite impressive economic growth, the country’s economy remains almost entirely dependent on oil exports. A general election in July will be a major test of whether this young country can escape the legacy of its violent birth.
Above, an East Timorese vendor waits for customers in Dili, the capital, on April 24, 2012.

29. Bangladesh
Politics in Bangladesh have long been dominated by a bitter rivalry between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, and the resulting political volatility has manifested itself in many ways in this impoverished, densely populated South Asian country. Last year, clashes erupted between police and protesters after the government scrapped a system in which neutral caretaker governments oversaw general elections. More recently, the army announced it had foiled a coup plot by Islamist military officers against Hasina’s government, and deadly protests and general strikes over the disappearance of an opposition leader paralyzed the country. Still, Bangladesh has managed strong, if faltering, economic growth amid the political jousting.
A Bangladeshi activist, above, attends a procession to mark International Workers Day in Dhaka on May 1, 2012.

29. Srilanka
Sri Lanka’s economy grew at an estimated 8.3 percent clip in 2011, buoyed by a peace dividend, as investors and tourists returned to this island nation after its 26-year civil war finally ended in May 2009. But ethnic tensions between the majority Sinhalese and the minority Tamils, supported by India, still rankle. The government of President Mahinda Rajapakse, a Sinhalese, has claimed that it “never targeted innocent civilians,” but human rights groups estimate that tens of thousands of civilians were killed in the brutal last few months of fighting.
Above, a Sri Lankan man walks past a painting in Colombo depicting the recent war between the Army and Tamil guerrillas.

31. Egypt
One year ago, Egypt was at the forefront of the Arab Spring as a popular protest movement ended 30 years of autocratic rule by former President Hosni Mubarak. Today, Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in the deaths of protesters during the movement, and Egypt recently completed the first free elections in the country’s history. But these rosy developments are far from the whole story. The elections led to what many revolutionaries have called a “nightmare scenario”: a runoff between Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak’s last prime minister, and Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Islamist group Muslim Brotherhood — hardly a choice the liberal protest organizers welcome.
At the same time, Egypt continues to face an economic crisis exacerbated in part by the revolution, with youth unemployment reaching 30 percent and the tourist industry continuing to struggle. Protesters have headed back to the iconic Tahrir Square and other hotspots time and again, often met with violence from the military and police forces. Whether Egypt’s new government can bring economic and political stability without sacrificing the gains of the revolution remains to be seen.
Above, anti-Mubarak demonstrators pose in front of a mock gallows while riot police provide security outside a court in Cairo on Feb. 22, 2012, as the landmark murder and corruption trial of the former president entered its final day of hearings.

31. Sierra Leone
Although Sierra Leone has achieved relative political stability since a brutal civil war ended in 2002, its weak economy is still recovering from the 11-year conflict, which killed tens of thousands of people. The West African country, which has improved by 14 spots on the Failed States Index since 2006, has also shown signs of healing. A government policy in recent years to waive medical fees for women and children has dramatically increased the number of children getting health care and decreased mortality rates. And this past May, former Liberian president Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison for planning and abetting atrocities committed by rebels in Sierra Leone during the civil war.
Here, a boy drinks water from a tap on April 28, 2012 in a new town built in Koidu, capital of the diamond-rich Kono district.

33. Republic of the Congo
Although security has improved since the end of a bloody civil war in 1999, the country also known as Congo-Brazzaville remains plagued by corruption, poverty, and the spillover of instability from neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In January 2012, Congo-Brazzaville finalized plans to repatriate more than 120,000 DRC refugees; thousands more had arrived in December, fleeing post-election violence next door. In March 2012, an explosion at an arms depot in Brazzaville destroyed several buildings and killed hundreds. A cholera epidemic then broke out among the homeless survivors of the blast. Congo-Brazzaville has also been identified by the United Nations as a major source and destination of child trafficking
Here, two locals pass the remains of damaged buildings nearly a week after a massive series of explosions in the Mpila suburb of Brazzaville on March 10, 2012.
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34. Iran
The West’s tough sanctions over the country’s nuclear program have inflicted much of the country’s economic pain this year. (In fact, the International Monetary Fund raised eyebrows in 2011 by praising Iran’s economic reforms in a report.) But inflation and high unemployment were already present last year, and human rights abuses and political infighting added to domestic instability. Riot police and pro-government militia fighters battled with protesters as the Arab Spring got underway in February 2011, in a brief reminder of the mass protests that followed Iran’s disputed presidential election in 2009. And a power struggle between Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad exposed deep rifts between Iran’s conservative leaders.
Ahmadinejad, above, delivers a speech under a portrait of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on June 3, 2011.

35. Rwanda
Rwanda’s feisty president, Paul Kagame, would likely disagree with the designation of his country as a failed state. Perhaps he would point to the 8.2 percent growth rate in 2011, his business-friendly policies, or the statistic that 56 percent of parliamentarians in Rwanda are female — the highest rate in the world. But almost two-thirds of the population still lives below the poverty line. On top of that, Kagame, who has been in office since 2000, won the 2010 election with a questionable 93 percent of the vote. For all his economic success, domestic and international observers worry about his growing dictatorial tendencies, as well as his role in the 1994 genocide that killed an estimated 800,000 to 1 million people.
Here, a police officer patrols the street in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, on Aug. 10, 2010.

36. Malawi
Impoverished and suffering from one of the world’s highest HIV/AIDS rates, Malawi nonetheless had seen a decade of relative stability, buoyed by former President Bingu wa Mutharika’s program to boost agricultural production through fertilizer subsidies. That calm was shaken last year, when protesters, spurred by fuel shortages, rising prices, and high unemployment rates, took to the streets in July, and security forces loyal to Mutharika retaliated violently, killing 19 people. Mutharika died suddenly this past April of a heart attack, and his vice president, Joyce Banda, assumed the presidency according to democratic process — a sign, one can hope, of a return to more stable times.
Here, a woman walks home with her firewood and child on July 13, 2011, in Chinkota village.

37. Cambodia
Last year saw the beginning of the trial of three senior members of the Khmer Rouge, accused of their involvement in the deaths of nearly one-quarter of Cambodia’s population under Pol Pot in the late 1970s. The shadow of the Khmer Rouge regime still looms over Cambodia; the country’s nearly three-decade-serving prime minister Hun Sen is himself a former Khmer Rouge commander, as are many high-ranking members of his government. Hun’s cronyism is one of the reasons Cambodia was ranked one of the 20 countries with the highest perceived level of corruption in 2011.
Above, a Cambodian solider guards the grounds of the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple on Feb. 8, 2011 in Preah Vihear. Thousands of refugees had fled the area after clashes between Thai and Cambodian troops near the disputed World Heritage site.

38. Mauritania
Mauritania is still reeling from the 2008 military coup that overthrew the country’s first ever democratically elected government. Coup leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz continues to rule, having won an election in 2009. Mauritania saw protests in the early days of the Arab Spring, including self-immolations like those in Algeria and Tunisia, but they never erupted into mass demonstrations. The Mauritanian military continued to clash with al Qaeda-linked militants in the country’s western desert and in June 2011 crossed the border to attack targets in neighboring Mali. Mauritania was the world’s last country to abolish slavery, in 1981, but the practice remains rampant, with at least 10 percent of the population living in bondage, according to U.N. estimates.
Above, a Bedouin takes water from a well near Nema, southeastern Mauritania, on May 4, 2012. Mali’s March 22 military coup and the subsequent seizure of half the country by rebels have compounded the already worrying effects of a food crisis across West Africa’s Sahel region.

39. Togo
Togo, a narrow strip of land in West Africa, began implementing democratic reforms in the early 1990s. But its democratic institutions have been repeatedly compromised, perhaps never more so than in 2005, when a bloody succession crisis followed the death of Gnassingbe Eyadema, who had ruled the country for nearly four decades. Power has since passed to Eyadema’s son, Faure Gnassingbe, whose security forces clashed violently with opposition protesters in spring 2011 over the government’s attempts to regulate public protests and revise the constitution. Last September, Gnassingbe’s half-brother was sentenced to 20 years in prison for plotting a coup.
Here, a Togolese security force turns away from protesters on March 7, 2010, in Lome.

41. Burkina Faso
President Blaise Compaoré doesn’t have much to show for 25 years of rule in Burkina Faso, where nearly half the population lives below the poverty line and the life expectancy is a mere 54 years, among the lowest in the world. But after the Arab Spring spread throughout much of North Africa and the Middle East last year, residents in the capital of Ouagadougou launched a short-lived revolt in the streets that drew local business owners, students, and even members of the military, police, and presidential guard to protest rising food prices and low wages. More than a year later, the riots have subsided, and the president has managed to hold fast to his power.
A child laborer, above, rests in her farmer’s storeroom after carrying a large bushel of organic cotton from a field almost a mile down the road near Benvar on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011. Child labor is endemic to the production of Burkina Faso’s chief crop export.
Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

41. Kyrgystan
Since 2010, Kyrgyzstan has lived under the cloud of violent ethnic clashes that sent hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the southern part of the country. The legacy of that conflict remains, with thousands still stranded away from their homes and requiring government services. The Central Asian nation rang in 2012 shortly after the election of a new president, Almazbek Atambayev — previously the country’s prime minister — in a “peaceful and largely democratic” election, no small accomplishment for a country that has been through two coups in less than a decade. Atambayev is charting a more pro-Russia course for the former Soviet republic: In the spring of 2012, when U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta visited Kyrgyzstan, the Atambayev government made it clear it wants the Manas airport, a major U.S. military transportation base for Afghanistan, turned over to strictly civilian uses when the current U.S. lease expires in 2014.
Here, children play among ruins near the town of Osh on June 11, 2011.

43. Equatorial Guinea
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo’s assumption of the rotating presidency of the African Union did little to improve political conditions in a country that remains desperately poor, despite oil wealth that gives it a higher GDP per capita than much larger countries such as China, Russia, and South Africa. More than 100 political opponents were rounded up by Obiang’s security forces in the run-up to an AU summit in Malabo last June. Despite widespread corruption and human rights abuses in Africa’s fourth-largest oil exporter, the U.S. government continues to enjoy cordial relations with Obiang — depicted as a statue in Malabo above — who is now the continent’s longest-serving ruler following the death of Muammar al-Qaddafi. Obiang’s notoriously high-flying son, Teodorin, was taken down a notch last year when French police seized 11 of his supercars in Paris as part of a criminal investigation, and he is facing a U.S. indictment by the Justice Department as well — despite being elevated to vice president by his father.
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44. Zambia
Zambia, Africa’s largest copper producer, enjoys more political stability than its neighbours in southern Africa. Last September, Michael Sata, a labor leader who vowed to protect workers from exploitation by the many Chinese companies in the country, was elected president in a peaceful transfer of power. But the government is still grappling with secession demands in western Zambia, as well as widespread poverty and disease. In 2010, the United Nations noted that Zambia’s score on the Human Development Index had actually decreased since 1970, largely due to the prevalence of HIV/AIDS.
Above, police officers beat opposition demonstrators during a protest against the suspension of top judges in Lusaka on June 6, 2012.
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45. Lebanon
This tiny country has it all: excellent food, stunning beaches, great skiing just a few hours’ drive away from one of the world’s largest extant Roman ruins. Unfortunately, it also has a messy dispute with Israel; the powerful, armed religious organization Hezbollah, which runs swathes of the country and allies itself with imploding neighbor Syria; and a population so dividedly pluralistic that there’s no consensus on whose face to put on the money. As uprisings knocked down leaders across the Arab world last year, Lebanon suffered as a proxy battleground across all sorts of Middle Eastern fault lines. But its own political system has been so combustible for so long, 2011 didn’t even seem that strange.
Above, Shiite Muslim demonstrators block the Mar Mikhael road at the entrance of Beirut’s southern suburbs in protest against the kidnapping of 13 Lebanese Shiite pilgrims in the Syrian northern province of Aleppo on May 22, 2012.

46. Tajikistan
This poor, authoritarian Central Asian state is rife with government corruption and barely supports its economy through drug-trafficking and labor exported to Russia. In recent years, the rise of radical Islam has led the Tajik government to crack down on observant Muslims, even monitoring Friday services and, last June, banning children under 18 from attending them. Tajikistan has also seen an uptick in violent clashes along its border with war-torn Afghanistan — tensions that could escalate further following the forthcoming U.S. troop drawdown.
A Tajik villager, above, jumps over an irrigation ditch at a cotton field in Yangiabad on Oct. 26, 2006.

47. Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands represent the front lines in the fight to mitigate the impact of climate change. Rising sea levels threaten several key industries for the sprawling Pacific island nation that heavily depends on agriculture and forestry, both of which may suffer from increasing soil salinity. The Solomon Islands have been pummeled by earthquakes in recent years, including at least four major quakes in 2011.The country has also suffered from chronic political instability during the past decade, with six different leaders since 2006. From 1998 to 2003 — the so-called “tension years” — the Solomon Islands were wracked by a civil war. And while an Australian led peacekeeping force has managed to keep a lid on the violence, the country’s turbulent politics have showed no signs of quieting.
Here, a local looks out over the ocean from a destroyed church in the outskirts of Gizo Island, which was hit by a tsunami in April 2007.

48. Laos
Laos is the world’s smallest communist state by population. (It’s slightly bigger than Cuba.) Mostly ignored by the world’s media, the country contains in miniature the same muzzling of the press, intolerance of dissidents, and sham elections as its officially communist neighbors of China to the north and Vietnam to the east. Still, the government does allow some leeway: The land devoted to growing opium increased by 38 percent in 2011, according to the United Nations.
Above, a Laotian fisherman casts his net in the Mekong river in the capital Luang Prabang on May 4, 2012.

49. Angola
Angola, China’s biggest African supplier of crude oil, is flush with cash from oil and diamonds, and the country is leveraging that wealth — and Chinese loans — to finance a construction boom following a devastating 27-year civil war that ended in 2002. (The capital, Luanda, is one of the most expensive cities in the world.) But Angola is also one of the world’s poorest and least developed countries — a dichotomy that has fueled repeated allegations of government corruption. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who assumed power in 1979, is one of Africa’s longest-serving rulers, and in 2011 Human Rights Watch accused his government of intimidating protesters. General elections in August could spark more turmoil.
Here, an Angolan carries garbage on Sept. 9, 2008, collecting recyclable material to make a living at one of the largest municipal dumps in Luanda.

50. Libya
Muammar al-Qaddafi’s three-decade rule over Libya came to a dramatic and bloody end in a drainage ditch near the city of Sirte this year, when the cagey and often eccentric dictator was brought down by an uprising of his own people aided in no small part by NATO airpower. The country has entered a period of political uncertainty under the presumably temporary rule of the rebel National Transitional Council. In early-2012 and mid-2012, tribal violence in Libya’s remote southeast has claimed dozens of lives. The ramifications of the removal of Qaddafi — Africa’s self-styled “king of kings” — has been felt beyond Libya’s borders as well, with guns and returning fighters flooding North Africa and contributing to the instability in nearby Mali.
Above, Libyans visit Sirte’s damaged cemetery on Nov. 10, 2011. At the time, fewer than 5 percent of the residents of Qaddafi’s former stronghold had returned to their homes.

51. Georgia
After a 2008 conflict with Russia over control of disputed border territories, Georgia’s place on the Failed States Index worsened 23 points between 2008 and 2009, from 56 to 33. Since then, it has nearly regained its (still somewhat unstable) footing. After taking power in a bloodless revolution in 2003, President Mikheil Saakashvili — a Western-educated reformer and U.S. ally — has worked to build up his country’s long-suffering post-Soviet economy and wipe out government corruption. In turn, the Georgian economy grew at a 6.8 percent rate last year, and the country jumped from 133rd best to 64th on Transparency International’s corruption index between 2004 and 2011. Still, high poverty and unemployment rates, as well as claims that Saakashvili has failed to fulfill the democratic promises he made upon taking power, led thousands of Georgians to take part in anti-government protests in May of last year.
Here, a displaced Georgian woman stands by a road on Aug. 16, 2008 just outside the town of Gori, Georgia.
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52. Colombia
Colombia has come a long way since the near-civil war conditions of the 1990s, but it is still not entirely stable. Human rights groups documented scores of extrajudicial killings by elements of Colombian security forces acting independently. Paramilitary groups continued to pray on indigenous people in rural regions, killing dozens. While substantially diminished, the FARC rebels show they are still capable of high-profile actions, including the kidnapping of a French journalist earlier this year. More than half a million Colombian refugees are still living abroad, while there are more than 4 million internally displaced people within the country.
Here, a prostitute stands on the street in Cartagena on April 19, 2012.

53. Djbouti
Bordering Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia, and just a short hop over the water from Yemen, Djibouti is located right the middle of one of the world’s most unstable regions. But it has managed to remain relatively stable — if increasingly authoritarian — compared with its neighbors. February saw mass demonstrations in the capital against President Ismail Omar Guelleh, whose family has ruled since the country’s independence in 1977. Nonetheless, Guelleh was reelected with 80 percent of the vote in April, with the opposition boycotting and amid crackdowns against opposition and civil society groups. Djibouti hosts the largest U.S. military presence in Africa, and its key role in both anti-piracy operations and strikes on militant targets in Yemen may make the international community reluctant to criticize Guelleh’s government.
A Djiboutian woman with her donkeys, above, look for pastures in Garabtisan on Aug. 17, 2011. The village, located in the middle of a harsh desert of sun-baked gray rocks in northern Djibouti, is prone to extreme drought.

54. Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea’s capital Port Moresby is not the world’s most dangerous city, but it’s close; the carjacking, violent crime, and murder rates there led the Economist Intelligence Unit to rank Port Moresby the world’s third least livable city in 2011. If the scandal that added to PNG’s 2011 political crisis — in which two rival sets of prime ministers and cabinets both claimed power — was not already bizarre enough, police found the body of a 29-year-old waitress in the home of Prime Minister Sam Abal. They were alerted by a security guard who claimed he heard the woman scream and 20 minutes later reported that Abal’s adopted, unemployed son had told him “that he had killed the woman and left her body in the banana garden.” PNG’s 6.2 million people speak more than 800 languages, and civil war is always seemingly a spark away in this fractured nation.
Above, children jump over a dirty drain at Daru in Papua New Guinea on Aug. 17, 2011. Tuberculosis and cholera have killed hundreds of people on the island in recent years.
Jason South/The AGE/Fairfax Media via Getty Images

55. Swaziland
King Mswati III, Africa’s last absolute monarch, rules Swaziland with an iron fist. Swazi police cracked down on a pro-democracy demonstration in April 2011, and the government more recently moved to snuff out critics on Facebook and Twitter. The royal family lives lavishly, while the king’s subjects struggle with widespread poverty, the world’s highest HIV infection rate, and, in 2011, a crippling budget crisis. When 2,000 people marched to the prime minister’s office a year ago to voice their frustration with the economic crisis, the king had a message for them: “Work harder and sacrifice more.”
Here, the king watches young virgins at a traditional reed-dance ceremony at the stadium at the Royal Palace on August 30, 2009, in Ludzidzini. About 80,000 virgins from all over the country attended this yearly event, the biggest in Swazi culture. It was founded to celebrate the beauty of Swazi women and girls.

56. Phillipines
The world’s 12th most populous country, with some 100 million people, the Philippines has grown rapidly in recent years. Its economy withstood the global recession better than most in 2008 and 2009, rising to a 7.6 percent growth rate in 2010 before falling to 3.7 percent in 2011. But the wealth has been slow to trickle down, and in fact, the poverty rate increased between 2003 and 2009, from 24.9 to 26.5 percent, or more than 3 million people. Poor governance is at least in part to blame. On that front, unpopular former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was arrested in November on charges of tampering with the results of a 2007 congressional election and appeared in court this past February.
Above, residents try to salvage recyclable materials from what used to be houses in the aftermath of a massive fire that engulfed hundreds of makeshift houses in a shanty town community in Tondo district on May 12, 2012 in Manila. Up to 10,000 people were left homeless.
Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images

57. Comoros
Since achieving independence from France in 1975, Comoros has seen no fewer than 20 coups or attempted coups. Political instability continued in 2011 as the opposition accused the ruling party of widespread electoral fraud in the December 2011 presidential contest. This time, however, the parties took the conflict to the country’s Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the winner of that contest, Ikililou Dhoinine. One of the world’s poorest countries, Comoros has experienced paltry economic growth rates recently and its economy remains highly dependent on agriculture and fishing.
A goat, above, eats garbage piled up in the old port city of Moroni on Grande Comore Island. Since its independence from France in 1975, the Union of the Comoros has experienced more than 20 coups d’état or attempted coups d’état and half the population lives under the international poverty line of $1.25 a day.

58. Madagascar
Despite the international and regional sanctions imposed after he took power in a military-backed coup in 2009, President Andry Rajoelina continues to cling to power. The government put down another attempted coup by the military in late 2010. Seventy percent of Madagascar’s population lives below the poverty line, with the economic distress only exacerbated by sanctions. In January 2012, ousted president Marc Ravalomanana was rebuffed in an attempt to return to the country.
Supporters of Antananarivo Mayor Andry Rajoelina, above, run from tear-gas following a rally in the main avenue of the Madagascan capital on Feb. 16, 2009.

59. Bhutan
Bhutan’s fourth “dragon king” coined the term “gross national happiness” in 1972 as the priority for his small, isolated Himalayan kingdom, and PBS ran a documentary about the country, calling it “The Last Shangri-La.” But all this happy talk masks an authoritarian streak: Bhutanese are reportedly required to wear their national dress outside during daylight hours, cigarettes are illegal, and tens of thousands of ethnic Nepali Bhutanese citizens have fled to Nepal because of persecution.
Above, a Bhutanese woman looks out from her home next to a portrait of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Ashi Jetsun Pema Wangchuck as Bhutan prepares for the royal wedding on Oct. 12, 2011, in Thimphu, the capital.
Paula Bronstein /Getty Images

59. Mozambique
The year 2011 brought good news for Mozambique on a number of fronts. The government unveiled new anti-graft measures (though government corruption continues to be a problem), and the United Nations reported that the HIV epidemic in the country was “levelling off, albeit at unacceptably high levels.” But serious problems remain. In May, the International Monetary Fund noted that Mozambique’s economic growth, fueled by largely untapped mineral wealth, is leaving the country’s poor (more than half of the adult population) behind and primarily benefiting foreign investors. A WikiLeaks cable in late 2010, meanwhile, warned that Mozambique was becoming a drug trafficking hub.
Above, a young Mozambican protester stands near a burning car on a Maputo street on Sept. 2, 2010.
Sergio Costa/AFP/Getty Images

  • Vijaykapnadak

    What is the Govt. doing ? Just enriching themselves at the cost of the poor?

    • Pontiaku

      “Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state lives at the expense of everyone.” ― Frédéric Bastiat

      • Samuel Adams

        The poor don’t forget this.

  • Nulvi 95

    Where is Armenia?Second worst economy in the world,plus has invaded Azerbaijan`s Karabakh region

    • armen

      You fucking stupid? Youre probably some retard Turk that is jacking off to aliyevs pics

      • Lel

        That’s proably what you do, poor asswhipe armie

  • Sam

    why? because they are poor, or they have oil, or just because they think different?… C’mon people, the worst is USA.

    • Roa

      It’s a statement about their levels of poverty, political stability, and standard of living.  If you honestly believe that these countries have a better standard of living than the USA or any other first world country, you are a moron.  Have a sense of decency- these people are suffering while you make crass political comments demonstrating how little capacity you have for thinking outside of your own little world.  

      • Perry

        Do you think if they would have a chance to sell an oil, they would be still poor… ? You´are the wrong one making ” moron ” calls here, dummy.

        • Ray135

          No, Sam is a moron, and apparently so are you. Your rebuttal is nothing but a “what if”. The fact is they’re poor, how they COULD be is irrelevant.

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          • tobias bob

            usa is actually pretty good compared to nearly all the countrys in the list.

          • Samuel Adams

            Just gave up on freedom is all….

          • Mitchina

            and don’t forget privacy.. gave up on that as well. Sam is a total fucktard. And Perry is just a dimwit… at least he thinks the resources of their countries would help… and they would if dictatorships didn’t hoard them for themselves and keep all the money. It isn’t the color of the people that make these places shit-holes… it’s the greed and control of government; and many of these started out with socialism as their model…. America should kick out those that threaten our prosperity and start with Sam and Perry.

    • Bekah

      the worst is the USA!!!?? really so guessing you have no idea about the hundreds of thoasands of kids kidnapped by kony, people constantly being burned alive in kenya for stealing in desperation to provide for thier family..the list goes on! you are so lucky to live in the USA, you are so lucky to have the rights, goverment and law that you do! have a closer eye my god.

      • in the u.s u have no rights or freedoms, ur just slaves working away at average jobs and btw kony was just a big scandal for the u.s. to gain accsess to the oilsands in uganda oh where was i oh yeah look at what they’ve done to the middle east their so called ‘helping’ is just stealing the middle east oil and taking africas diamond mines

        • YouWinBuddy

          Unlike Africa… or Haiti… or Cambodia… or the former USSR… or most of South America… or the Philippines… or (do I really need to keep going).

          These places make Detroit and South Central seem downright “liveable”.

          Don’t you worry though! The U.S. is well on it’s way to third world (sorry “developing nation” that never develops) status. Soon, there will be nowhere to run.

          LUCKY YOU! 😉

          • Murder mitten bitch

            Hey fuck you Detroit is livable you fuck

          • Samuel Adams

            Yeah $1 for the house $4000 for the taxes.. Have fun.

          • #1

            no Fuck you

        • Bethany Hale

          Are you for real? We are free over here in the U.S. we don’t have to work if we don’t want to but , we choose to due to the fact, that we want nice things. Everyone is pretty much nice. Everyone is different though. I live over here first person and I would know. Thanks for trying. We don’t live in shit like yall think. lol

        • Mitchina

          Oh yes, Zain, I would so much rather be free to starve and be raped daily by the police while raising 4 other children born out of rape… and the USA has not taken any Iraq oil – you propagating POS. The ruling terrorist have it all… GOD!!! Liberals are so freaking stupid.

          The Iraqi Constitution that the “new” old gvt created and agreed upon in 2005, claims the oil is owned by all Iraqis but not surprisingly does not specify how its wealth would be shared. Because they intend to keep all the money for themselves… another shit-hole place pre and post invasion by the USA.

      • in the u.s u have no rights or freedoms, ur just slaves working away at average jobs and btw kony was just a big scandal for the u.s. to gain accsess to the oilsands in uganda oh where was i oh yeah look at what they’ve done to the middle east their so called ‘helping’ is just stealing the middle east oil and taking africas diamond mines

      • Roy

        Government and law? You just forgot to write they are here for us ( caugh )


        america is the worst

        • Bethany Hale

          No we are not dumbass. You tried though.

          • tina carno

            you americans are so fucking idiotic, i can’t handle your stupidity. Why don’t you guys take your tiny ass brain and your big fat ass body out of earth and go back to hell, where you guys clearly truly certainly belong.

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      • Samuel Adams

        Shut up…dick yank.

    • jack

      shut up USA is the best country in the world

      • Storm Dragon

        Calm down man

        • ashish

          😀 😀

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      • Jay

        Maybe you are from USA, but the reality is if you come out of America, you will know how bad other people think of this country from Europe, Pacific Ocean, Asia, South America, Basically, no one likes this country aside from Canada and America.

        • Riley

          im canadian and i fucking hate the usa. there is SOME (very few) good people over there,but most of them are racist,sexist,rude and obsessed with violence. there is almost as much guns as there is people,and those people they call terrorists? they are trying to hunt the U.S. out of their countries and businesses,because america is always in other countries businesses and want to make allies,but they make more ennemies than allies. Im not saying i agree with what the “terrorist” are doing.but is none of america’s business

          • 21

            so sad every time i hear a curse in rude statement it hurts here in the US i want to move 🙁

          • Mitchina


          • Bethany Hale

            Why do you hate the U.S? I’m not a bad person and I live in the U.S & I love everyone. Everyone is really nice here! If you have a problem we will help you with anything. Nobody is racist, sexist, rude , nor do we live in violence. I’ve never seen anyone get killed in the U.S from bombs or anything like that. We are good hearted and hard working people.

          • Suresh Bharadwaj

            It is unadulterated bias. Jealousy. The reason why USA is hated. The people who hate the USA are the ones who do not understand modern civilized concepts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happpiness. They do not understand concepts such as free will, gender equality, the principles of natural justice, the fine line when and where individual rights & liberties are to subsume under the larger interests of citizens etc. Generally these people who hate the USA are the bigoted, fanatical, ignorant kind.

          • Samuel Adams

            flibertygibbet, We do understand brainwashing.

          • msg

            yes its goo

          • msg

            yes its good place to live but USA is more than a country to live .

          • Samuel Adams

            I bet yer a spoiled rich mans bitch…you love everyone do ya,, you grizzley gamey magoo idiot. You sicken the rest of us americans with your gimpy suburbanite hyperbole. nothing but the profuseness of supervanity and foolheaded balderdash, here. Sickening Yuppie a-holes.

          • Karen Posey

            Really foll we are always sending food to needy country, STFU

          • Chronkite

            What a cruel and nasty little woman you are.

          • D.A.P.T.T.

            U.s.a is a great place!!!!!!! maybe u should visit America rocks!

          • Mitchina

            omg.. stfu and learn how to write, spell and make sense. Fucking Canadians, oh vey. The walking hard on you call a prime minister is a joke… and your healthcare is just as fucked as ours. You have SHIT TONS of guns you moron. We may be #1, but you guys are 11th on the list. You have more than Nazi Germany!

            The liberals are the racists… always forcing people in categories when scientifically… adaptive traits reflect the underlying environmental factor to which they are adaptive and not overall genetic differentiation, and different adaptive traits define discordant groups. There are no objective criteria for choosing one adaptive trait over another to define race. As a consequence, adaptive traits do not define races in humans. Liberals are racist.

            Liberals are also the ones pushing the violence in movies, protest marches, and their constant bitching and moaning about who they want to kill over politics… and rude? WTF do you know about rude? Everyone in the world is rude compared to Canadians… the USA is FAR less rude than a majority of other countries. You pussy.

            The ONLY ones killing innocent people are the abortion happy liberals, screwing their way into an immoral life then killing what is produced out of their own actions.

            And as far as forcing ourselves into other countries… fine. We’ll STOP COMING TO THE CALLS AND BEGGING of other countries when they “expect us” to help. You Mutherfuqing liberals are never happy. STOP BEING SO WILLING to give other people’s money for YOUR ideology.

            I say we move all the liberals from the USA into Canada… that country would turn into an instant shit-hole.

      • Bethany Hale

        HELLL YEAHHHH!!(:

        • Eileen Vicente

          Yes and no Bethany. We have everything in the US. The bad is very bad, but it’s not as bad as Europe. The worst bigots in the world that I have ever seen are the Europeans which is why it was the hub for Hitler.

    • jack

      shut up USA is the best country in the world

    • Jay

      USA is definitely in the top 20 Worst country list.

      • Jederic

        The US attracts more people than any other country. Many come here from the countries shown here. I doubt there are many going the opposite way…..!

        • Bethany Hale

          Stop hating on America.

          • msg

            As an iranian person : USA is good place to live with great companies and people but USA is more than a place to live . relation must block because of missile defensive program( we tasted 8 year war between us and IRAQ that more than 60 country helped Iraqi forces but god protected us ),

            human rights(homosexual and supporting HEZBOLLAH that protected LEBANON from Israel attack 2006 and our goal to free occupied lands that couldnt tolerated by big powers like US ) but we see SaudiArabia who supply Isil group and spending money for silence the world and also with that kingdoms regime ,still is a normal country?

            If any one like to know us rea NAHJOLBALAQE and SAHIFE SAJADIE ( Are our Imams(great humans from God that we believe in ) speaking and letters.)

      • Mitchina

        You just read the list…. *smh*

    • Lucy Johnson

      Idiot. Try reading the article for the reality of these countries.

  • Freedom Fighter

    Instead of United States taking natural resources from these countries, they should actually help out these countries.

    • Jace Tabpole

      true but it gets very complicated when it comes to this type of problem, overall we have helped multiple countries with private companies sending help to those places but other times we invade for other reasons. I agree though we should stop trying to steal or persuade them to give resources

  • Adam Henrique Freire

    why Brazil is not listed? Brazil is sooo bad!

    • Lars

      U kidding me? Brazil is the 7th biggest economy in the world.

      • Fabiano

        actually, is the 5th ^^

    • ?????????????????????????

      I am Portuguese and have my tio and tia in Rio de jenairo ( I hope I spelled Rio right )
      I have visited many times and I had no problem. Brazil is awesome! And why is it like 4 or 5 countries on the list speak Portuguese? Angola and Mozambique are awesome!
      well east timbor can stay on the list … but Brazil is very good

  • Drake8

    India ?


      shut up india is the best

      • giggly tits

        yes that is why they have brutal gang rape on buses.

        • Jicky Indian

          Gangrapes occur in the US as well, it shows how Indians reacted to it, publicising and preventing it in future.. This shows how strong the media in India is.. @giggly filthy tits

          • ashish

            yes! USA is the top raping country in the world. Googled that. 😛

        • chandan

          this is a just a incidence not a trend as like many developed country to kill student and people openly with open fire.as u know all accused of gang rape has arrested.so we have a legal law and all indian should follow this.we 10 largest economic power.3rd largest Defence, 3rd largest railway..great engineering institution,medical institution,great colleges as like IIM,IIT,AIIMS,IISC,JNU.but we have accepted that still we have problems,lot of people come under below poverty line but we are developing and try to uplift our standard.so think again and don’t compare with above 60 country..

          • Sreekar

            being an indian i am surprised not being in that list.

            a nation in which the rich gets more and more rich every day poor gets way poorer.

            our so called great colleges(IIT,IIMIISC) are they providing real gems?
            As we know that our great reservation provides only 33% of Jobs,Admission to colleges to meritourous students. I would rather live in some african countries where atleast education is deserved rather than reserved.

            the corruption nearly 10 lac crores has been swallowed by our great dynastic politicians(the gandhi nehru family)

            the HDI ranking india stands 134 out of 186 nations.nearly 12 countries fared better in these rankings than india

            communal violence where one religion hates other
            Bandhs and strikes for every silly reason

          • ashish

            But still we are better than above 60s

          • SP

            shame dat u think so mister..be happy in wat u r gettin..i dont think u read the article for if u had, u would have known how lucky u r..u would have been in the position of writing this shit if ur country would not have educated u..it’s due to bitches like u our country is getting a bad name..ur points r baseless..der r not institutes in these country where u say u will ‘prefer’ to study..communal violence?one happened 2004 nd then recent one was in 2013, nd in a very small scale(in 1 city out of 1609 cities)..nearly 10 years gap..these countries experience it daily..who said one religion hate others?i love my muslim brothers..nd offcourse sometimes it gets difficult to live with more than 5-6 religions, 1000 languages etc..still we live as one large nation with unity..u surely have heard about yugoslavia..anyway atleast dont disgrace ‘our'(not yours) in front of d world by giving unreasonable datas..(P.S i wonder if u r really Indian, as u say..)

          • Nisarg

            Tell me please, How it helps not making a worst country to live in

        • INDIA

          As if any other countries doesnt have them!

      • afridi

        india is the worst in all of them above.

        • Ziggy Ziggler

          Shut up u asshole Pakistani. Watch your ass first. Terrorist country with uneducated morons. A day will come in the near future when all the countries of the world unanimously wipe out Pakistan off the face of earth.

        • rownak jahan

          are you pakistani????if you r so,,then its really a spiteful statement,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,though i am bangladeshi,,,,,,,,,i have an right to clear your concept,,,,,,,,,,,no offence pleass @afridi

        • azad bharat

          Are you a Pakistani?

        • INDIA


        • sabari

          Hey bloody blood suckers ,,,,v r just talking about human beings ….but u r animals and aliens,,,,so pls shut ur ******

      • INDIA

        EAST OR WEST INDIA IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • India Stinks

        India worlds BIGGEST shit hole to the world where 500 million people take a dump on the beaches or anywhere they can, Indian have no manners, are rude and loud and obnoxious even amongst themselves, they love nothing better than to fight and argue with themselves and anyone they can all day! Have you seen how many crows are in India? About a billion as Indians are like crows they stink, need a bath, and never shut up! Indian males are perverted as their society wont let them even look at a woman or hold their hand so the moment they see a girtls ankle they get all horny and go into rape mode, failing that they have sex with animals (known fact) and also fuck little boys (known fact). Have a lovely day.

      • huha

        The biggest issue that Indians face is that we cannot take criticism. If you’ve lived anywhere else, you will realize how bad it is to live in India. Let us look at it objectively. It sucks. It’s not beyond help. But it still sucks.

    • Sahir Ali Khan

      yes where is India>>???

      • Hindustaani

        listen pakistani , our country is so much nicer than yours. your country is full of Chaos,terrorism and there is Shortage of life living things.you are beggarss…..

        • I am better Than you

          India is the best!!

          • tina carno

            yeah india is the best at smelling like complete shit, you guys smell nasty af

      • Navi

        India was not added because this article was fabricated by an Indian actually.

    • CanadianBoy

      Of course that’s what the Porkis will ask…
      Anyways, i dont wanna get in all this shitt again, Im a Canadian…

    • Indian

      India is developing. it not the worst.You can’t tell it worst.

    • Jay

      India is poor, but people are lovely. No one likes America from Europe.

      • huha

        That might be why Indians flock to the US every year. Shut your trap.

    • huha

      Yep. Indian here. Should be right up there.

  • African, Asian, Arab or former states of the USSR says it
    all really shame the USA & Japan is not on the list because they are
    without the worst two countries in the developed World with their hypocritical standards
    greed, lack of ethics and DEBT!

    • Guest

      This is the lifestyle health and safety of people living in the country, you look European, British i presume? If so then why would you hate on a country that helped your native country multiple times this past decade, which i would believe you love and care for, hypocritical standard? I as a born US citizen think you don’t know anything about the US you just take other peoples opinion and use it wrongly, Most of the countries in Europe are in debt including if you have a opinion keep it to yourself unless you must let it out for a good reason

      • Roy

        You wanna say, that americans living in america are amircan natives?
        learn history man, real american was killed by europeans, that lives in USA, dumbass.

    • Grow Up hippy

      Keep crying you idiot

    • Karen Posey

      jealousy will get you no where!!

  • mark

    croatia shoul be on this list as well.


  • Ahmed

    Egypt? Idk how Egypt made this list.. it is a beautiful country with basically the strongest military in the arab or african world. I live in Egypt and would never wish to leave Egypt; it is a beautiful culture. Egypt actually is a major leader of either Africans or Middle easter countries. Without egypt, it would have been much different for Arabs.

  • Qatif

    Where’s Qatif inside Saudi Arabia They get hurt form Government of Saudi Arabia.

    They killed young people and oppress them

    Everyone said to Government “please you have to stop to cheat people” they get same thing

    • yup

      Saudi Arabia is one of the WORT countries ever .. i’m so surprised it is not in the list

      • shabaz

        ur dads 1 of the worst peapul on earth

        • Storm Dragon


      • Orgasmic sensation

        You need a medal!

    • Jack In the Box

      Seriously shut up,,, speaking of the majority of Saudi population, i can say that more than %90 of Saudis and GCC states know your threat to the region, B.C what happened in Baharain. Saudis citizens know very well what you are up to and trust me when things get worse with your stupid uncivilized acts, not only Saudi government will stop you but also Saudis. I am %100 positive that if any western asks Saudi citizen who is an anti-Iranian-terror government , he/she will tell the same, Qatif is like little Iran in Saudi and Saudis DO NOT LIKE IT.

  • Roy

    Indians are the Best….But not in India

  • Kimi

    I don’t think the Philippines should be on this list.

  • Wtf bhutan is fine.

  • chutia

    india is the worst ever

    • Great country lover

      have you ever seen india??????????How can you say INDIA is worst?It is better than all these countries…………

  • just an observation

    Doesn’t anyone else notice all these country’s are black nations

    • Jace Tabpole

      Thats because they have had problems in their government and disasters which affect the people

    • yup

      most of them not all of them ..that’s because Africa is fu-c-ked up

    • Storm Dragon

      AGAIN! Outrage on other cultures welfare! why is this list still alive. TAKE IT DOWN!!!

    • Antonio Ortega

      Yes, kind of sad actually.
      But we gotta remember quite a bit of those countries were (until recently) controlled by first world countries (UK is a big offender here). So that might have something to do with it.

  • Howard

    Where is Mexico?

    • Antonio Ortega

      Probably on the “best countries on the world” list. I live there and it’s much better than you might think (far from perfect though).
      You might be surprised to hear that we have the biggest american immigrant population on the world. They wouldn’t leave the USA if Mexico was that bad.

  • unknown

    in india about 50 girls get raped in a single day. India is the worst country ever!

    • The Genius

      You cant just state the numbers, it makes no sense. Firstly, you’re making it up and most importantly the ratio between the population and crime is the most important. The population:crime ratio is very low in India. Infact, the great USA has a HIGHER murder rate than India. (In USA, girls don’t mind being raped(lol), but in India, they do, so they make it is big news!)

  • TheyStoleMyBacon

    India should be on this
    It’s for several reasons. Well for one the limited powers of the people and the social groups. That is all

    • mccloy

      Muslims in India merry four women and produce at least 150 children.Muslims are the headaches of India.

      • Yet you are saying this because you are not capable of producing 150children? Jealous maybe?

    • fdydfhtf


  • redboy8

    every country should be listed in this shit list .

    • yup

      Europeans,Australians and Americans have nothing to complain about

      • teja

        they are most annoying assholes in the entire world . almost looted the wealth of asian and african countries .

  • Ankur Madaan

    Every Country does have good time and bad time, my dear friends who are saying where is INDIA, then i must tell you some facts:- India one of the few countries in world who remained unaffected from Biggest Recession world ever faced more info:-
    A country where media is a sper entity plays a huge role. In most part of the world we indians are known for our culture, our talents, our engineering expertise.
    A Country which is among world’s top armies in every concern.
    A Country Which has given people like sabeer bhatia, APJ Abdul Kalam, Boson particle is named on an Indian.
    Come and see places like Goa, Darjeeling, Ooty, Shimla, and other top notch destinations.
    India a Country which is the world’s largest Offshore Hub for IT Requirements.
    A Country Where elections are totally automated since 10 years in 60 percent part of country.
    From IBM to Microsoft every bigger name have running operations in India.
    TATA the Indian Giant owns the biggest JLR Group and many mre aquisitions, Jaguar Land Rover.
    There are many more things that makes india a country that one should proud of and i proudly say i am a proud INDIAN…
    Tell me a single country where there is no Corruption, where people are not frustated by politics, were murder, loots, poverty is not present, where brutallty is not there, any country you name and then say bad about INDIA(or Better Say BHARAT)

    • talha fayyaz

      i am a pakistani but still i agree with ankur we pakistanis are only pushing them in it because we are great rivals we think of our selves enemies admit it they’re politicans are far much better than ours they keep they’re country going our poloiticans only think of how to rob the country they’re a better country than ours and plz no offense to any one its just the truth
      and truths always bitter my friends its not an easy world to live in …..

    • sakss

      i think every countries are best!!!!!
      just the way we see it is different
      for example/ you can take Nepal”””” it is written that”nepal is suffering from political disturbances”;; but while my visit to Nepal i found many amazing facts about it which makes it’s view different ;;;;or you can take other countries like ” bhutan,china,kenya,etc

  • venus

    india should top dis list … india is the worst country in world

    • Indian

      What do you know about INDIA?????????In which country do you live?????
      Only photos can not say INDIA’s progress or poverty.

    • I am better Than you

      India is the best Pakistan must be higher, too much terrorism.

  • Except for North Korea, all the other countries are Islamic problems…

  • afridi

    where is the bloody hell america responsible for all this?

    • Richard Nixon

      How the hell is America responsible for this? These places have been like this for many years in history. I love how you undeveloped cretins blame America for everything.

    • Abdullah

      SHUT UP afridi!Please USA is not on this list!Stop insulting the USA!

  • afridi

    where is Israel
    Pakistan is the best country in the world

    • not-4m-porkistan


    • Eliminate_porkistan

      Blockbuster joke of 2013. Lolz.. 😀

    • Indian

      Listen, Mr.Pakistaniiiiii.Israel is one of the best countries of the world.WAKE UP from dream that PAKISTAN is the best. I can say It is the WORST , Worst And WORSTEST.Talibans will kill your country.Women have no rights.

      • I am better Than you

        I deeply agree. India!!

    • David Clark

      Israel is the only developed, 1st world nation in the middle east and has the 3rd highest life expectancy in Asia. Why should it be on this list? Also, what? In what way is a nation overrun with terrorism and political instability the best country in the world? Do you run the Taliban, or something?

    • Kavin

      I love your sense of humor @afridi

    • indian

      rofl xd best joke best country my ass is better -_-

  • how come Pakistan finish at # 13 and Egypt higher than other nations in the list. both these countries are much stable politically and financially despite of what ever is going on there. highly prejudiced list that intentionally aim at defaming these two important Muslim countries

    • mccloy

      Islam is a joke.So the countries which are Islamic are worse then hell.f**k Islam and Islamic states.

      • Dont say anything about the relegion, you don’t know anything.

      • Abdullah

        mccloy please DO NOT insult the religions!

  • kiya bolo

    where is india? curry eating eggplants where? ……and where?

  • yup

    Saudi Arabia?

  • Raj

    LOL at all the pakis asking why india isnt on the list

    • shabaz

      jewit little stupid dick

    • Wipeoff_paki

      Paki’s are more concerned of india not being on the list rather than they being on the list. I pity paki’s. Don’t worry paki’s, you are gonna wiped off the face of earth soon.

    • I am better Than you

      Pathetic pakis.

  • The reliability of this list is very clear: Bhutan is a bad country because among others cigarets is illegal. I call that country the best in fact.

  • Finally! a factual and non biased list

  • Ivan

    you forgot to put Indonesia

    • Adit

      Shut up. Indonesia is beautiful. We’re economically one of the fastest growing. Our nature ? Don’t even question it. Poverty ? We’re still working on it, but seeing from the increase of car ownership, we’re getting into something, right ? Youth subcultures ? Don’t ask, we’re the coolest teenagers in the southeast asia.

    • tina carno

      you forgot to get brain

  • bvhjhj

    I’ve been in Pakistan for seven months now …….. and any day now, I might kill myself.

  • Mohamed El Mshirgi

    Libya is a good country the people there has very good life and they are kinda rich

    where is India and Ukraine and the countries who really poor ?

    • kiaana

      fuck u. Libya suck shit. Ukraine is awesome so shut the fuck up. mohamed el mishrgi

    • I am better Than you

      At least India is growing, Libya is going backwards.

  • shabaz

    this list if half wrong

  • karim

    Where is Morocco, the land of festivals and music shows on the expense of poor people, not to mention abuse of power

  • karim

    Where is Morocco, the land of festivals and music shows on the expense of poor people, not to mention abuse of power.

  • Parsu

    I believe some of the countires should not be in the list!

  • Locke

    Where is cuba??? This blog is the usual communist crap…

  • Satansbreath

    I love how uneducated people feel the need to speak what stupidity floats in their head. The U.S, may struggle to keep the population employed, but we have God/Gods/Goddesses gifts to live in a country where we achieve what success we work towards. Work on the bottom and progress to where you want. Hell we even have a black president. You get out of the U.S. what you put in.

  • Ozzie

    Awful lot of Muslim countries in that list. I’m not surprised. The worst thing is, we are letting Muslim men into Australia. It seems the more religious a country is, the worse the treatment is of women.

  • ?????

    I disagree with Colombia its actually a great country AND DOSN’T DESERVE TO BE ON THIS LIST!

  • Ali Jinnah

    As far as i am concerned, the worst country in the world is PAKISTAN. I feel sad every day thinking why i am born in an asshole country like this.. All paki’s commenting here are more concerned about india not being on the list than pakistan being on the list. God save us..

    • Karen Posey

      I hope one day you can live in a peaceful country.

  • HOHA

    FUCK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jon Moore

    Proud to live in the USA! I work FT, my wife and I are both in school FT, and have three beautiful children. Living on the golf course doesn’t hurt anything either. Work for what you deserve.

  • Iranian danial !!!

    hey ! iran is the worst country !! they’re backward

  • Fuck THIS SHIT

    Who ever made this is racist because most of these are black nations.

    • Easy Like 123

      They must be bad running a country then

  • JB

    Where is Portugal? The poorest western country, in bankrupcy, with over 1 million of people in unemployment without any help from the portuguese government…

  • MumbaiPao

    How come India is not in the list?

  • Amul

    As an indian i was expecting india to be on the list if its not then maybe its the 61th country it has its freedom but the low gdp and poor infrastructure is a drawback….

  • FrigginLimey

    Um where’s America in the list?

  • Jcm Gómez

    As a Colombian, our country went trough something like what Mexico is enduring right now back in the late 80s early 90s, yes you’ve probably heard of Pablo Escobar, although Colombia is now a completely different place (as the links will show at the end of this comment.) yes we made terrible mistakes in the 90s, it was devastating, I hope we can help our Mexican brother trough our experiences, as i mentioned Colombia for many years now has been as un example and it has been largely free of violence and cocain trade, I am a US citizen, and a Colombian now living in There again, working as an Account Manager at Facebook Latin America. I invite everybody and anybody to come and see for themselves a rich beautiful country like no other on earth, the land of Marques´s Magic realism comed to life! With great opportunities for business and pleasure, the greatest diversity in sceneries in America, highly recommend Cartagena And my hometown of Bogota, its an amazing wonder of the world hidden to the narowminded for the past 40 years. Don’t take my word for it jut read these articles and see for yourself. (and just so you know Cocaine is very frowned upon and not at all part of the countries couture!)

    -Frendliest country on earth: http://stesand.hubpages.com/hub/The-Friendliest-Countries-in-the-World

    Happiest: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/07/colombia-happiest-country-in-the-world-in-2012-survey-finds_n_2426667.html

    -Colombia’s economy among world’s fastest growing: http://colombiareports.co/colombias-economy-among-worlds-fastest-growing/

    -Medellin most inovative City IN THE WORLD: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-21638308

    10 reasons to choose Colombia as your next vacation destination: http://www.gadling.com/2010/09/29/10-reasons-to-choose-colombia-as-your-next-vacation-destination/

    • Nikolai

      Glad to live in America, I leave Russia 10 years ago to escape corruption, if Russia wasnt on this list, it should because Russia cannot even feed its citizens

  • thedoctor

    For eritrea they say that eritreans recieve foreign aid for food which is bullshit and any other eritrean who has lived in asmara like me will tell you the same and how can they get foerign aid anyway when the eritrean goverment banned all of them from coming in?This list is just based on limited data which is mostly inaccurate.

  • WTF PEOPLE!!!!???

    No Country is perfect every single country in the world has problems. I mean look at Australia it’san aamazing country yet there are heaps of bike gangs, heaps of people get killed every day and it still faces hundreds of political problems. Nohw compare one of the best countries in the world with one of the worst like Pakistan (no offence) these countries both face problems and most of them the same only difference is that Australia is a well developed country while pakistan faces issues with civil war. If Pakistan gets a new government and some miracle happens and the taliban go away with the rest of its problems it will a great nation.
    All Australia needs to become a bad nation is the mining stops completely and it’s bike gangs increase with other crimes and the government falls, then it could easily become a canidate for the top 60 above. So people before going nuts face the facts and possibilities first.


    The Government of these countries have to do something. The poor people are suffering badly. We should be lucky that our countries are not that bad.

  • bilal inayat

    they were supposed to be 60 countries there are only 59 here and let me add that india has the biggest numbers of relegous communities and all sorts of casts and it has the largest numbers of relief camps in the country itself related to riots and massacres of castes and communities and misplaced persons

  • ali abid

    lalalalalala india issss the worst all brothers though I am not a Pakistani but yes Pakistan is worst because of the corruption,violence of human rights etc. but I also agree that Pakistan will be removed from the world map in near future although it is the worlds first nuclear power……..

  • Steak913

    Where is america?

    • Karen Posey

      On the list of best countries in the world to live.

  • Ahmad

    Lebanon is awesome but Israel is so bad and terrorist because they destroyed some places in Lebanon and they killed sone people.

  • Ahmad

    Israel , USA and Britania are the worst countries and terrorist in my opinion.

    • I am better Than you

      Nah your Islamic friends are much worse.

  • rr

    The United States should be on this list

    • Karen Posey

      There on a list, it’s called the list of best countries to live in the world, look it up

  • Vasile Lupu

    what about russia ? russia should be the first one in this top

  • Nicklaus Michael

    You have to be stupid. Many other countries are better than USA.

    • Bethany Hale

      Once again why hate on the U.S? If someone is in need we jump in. Everyone here is nice and hard working. (:

      • tina carno

        ‘Nice and hard working’ my fucking ass, the only people you guys are nice to is people in your own fucking race. i swear you guys are so irrelevant. and before you start to be ‘hard working’ i suggest you guys go buy a fucking brain, you really need it

        • USA mother fucker

          Your comment is retarded and you should be punched in the fucking face….. I hope terrorist bomb your country….. Again

        • Mitchina

          tina the asscunt… you are the problem here… people like you. 13% of our country is black… do you expect EVERY white person to live near, work with, associates and become friends with a shit ton of black people? The revers would hold true… not enough black people to spread around to all the white folk. WTF is wrong with you? Irrelevant you say? Okay, we’ll stop protecting your ass, that of most or Europe, stop shelling our dough to all the shit hole countries we currently provide charity to and we’ll back out of the UN.

          You wanna see total chaos and corruption… then fine.

  • avalanche

    Where is india? India must be there with Pakistan

  • Jay

    Where is America?

    • Karen Posey

      Google it…best counties in the world to live

  • Voltaire

    Anybody else notice that most of the worst countries are in Africa. Anybody else notice that Chicago is the bringing in more cops to control the blacks? Anyone else think we should have enslaved Mexicans not the you know whats.

  • Name

    wow, I’m so shocked and glad that my country is not on that list

  • Nick

    India should be #1. India is the worse place on planet earth.

  • Philippines

    Why Philippines? It’s a great country. Lesser wars than Ukraine and Russia??

  • I live in lebanon and it isn’t that bad,the internet is shittier than lybia.

  • Azad


  • factgasm

    Wow! Insidious Indonesia not one of the 60 worst countries in the world? These ones must be real hell holes in that case.

  • nana

    Nepal is much better than all these countries listed.sure we have.our problems all.because of those fuckin Maoists.

  • Jerrybhutan

    Whoever u r plz come to Bhutan n see it for ur self n u might feel that u made mistake to put my country on this list.

  • Jerrybhutan

    Hahaha come to bhutan my fren n see it for urself. Very funny. Cheers!!!

  • Anna

    What’s wrong with us? We need to come together in peace not through violence! I can’t beileve it takes a twelve year old to have to say this! Come on people we can come together as one it doesn’t mader if your a Christian or Muslim! A black or white person, A boy or a girl! I hope this little comment brought someone hope or confidence today! Know stand-up!!!

  • A Rahman Aljaziira

    walaal aqriso inta wadan ee ugu qasaraha bada ee aduunka waxaa laga yabaa inaad aqoon booxdo ka hesho iyo wadama badan oo isku si loo gumaday hadaba aqris wacan iyo swrdooda

  • DiamondGuy101

    How can you guys say Philippines is bad?! Philippines has the best beach: Boracay! This list is messed up. I mean Philippines is not bad, sure there may be constant typhoons and nearly 30% of its population live in poverty, doesn’t mean that it should be on this list!

  • messi

    i know that I am form armenia but I hate living hear

    • Karen Posey

      You should leave the country if you don’t like it, us Americans will help you pack your shit

      • Chronkite

        No one wants to read this vile trash. God you’re a nasty little woman.

  • eliane

    LEBANON is the best shut up

  • Ajay

    india Is the best

  • Rudy

    Africa absolutely rules this list. Impressive!

  • shony

    where is india

  • jayson ken

    i don’t agree what they have survey… for me, philippines is not t the worst country i ever known.. they have clean environment , hospitable people, they create something new to attract all tourisms, they allow you to welcome, they have delicious delicacy, and they show that they have fear and love of their god… even thought i am a filipino, i surely disagree of what you have posted…

    truly yours,

  • Adam M. Bakr

    Egypt shouldn’t be included in this list. Egypt has improved a lot since 2011 please remove Egypt and replace it with an other country example a country that invaded Palestine and killed it’s people without any rights

  • John

    God help the everybody i get really teared when i see these pictures 🙁

  • Steve

    Anyone considers China as bad as the countries mentioned?

  • Jenna

    India. Soooo bad
    They bathe in a river that bodies are dead for months in. Gross. Ganges River pollution. wow.

  • drumahn

    I wonder if all the ugly fat corrupt politicians in black African countries read the news. I hope the images on this site will entertain them in their private jets and Swiss estates. Shame unto the wicked, and please take away your fraudlent religion and teach them some engineering. http://www.drumahn.com

  • skyflyer121

    Corruption in the ruling body ruins any country, I wonder how these greedy sob’s ever get the power.

  • Alexander Kepler

    PHILIPPINES —if you want to die early..he he –worst country to live in,,,gates of hell

  • Kausik

    North Korea is no. 1

  • FSUAlum98

    90% of these countries are black.. So we elect a black.. 7 years later and another 12 TRILLION further in debt.. Have we learned our lesson yet? BLACKS CAN’T RULE THEMSELVES – MUCH LESS A COUNTRY!

  • Mary P

    this is such a biased list. And the title of this article is awful – unspecific and damaging to the nations it lists. Every single country here has history and tradition and vibrant life. Calling nations “Worst countries in the world” without any qualification is irresponsible. Poorest economies, yes. Most unstable governments… sure – but what affects one nation here does not affect another. And I would never say Malawi – with an engaged, democratic process and very little violence (probably the least in SSA) is worse then Mauritania – a country that still has defacto slavery.

  • ykhrk

    USA created ISIS! After the Persian Gulf war and without Hussein, US created a power struggle in Iraq. And after all, they left their damn equipment in Iraq. ISIS took over and became the most powerful terrorist organisation in the world. Now they are trying to spark war just to sell ammo to other countries for money. Just because they are interfering with other country’s lives. WTF??? Whats wrong if Iraq stays with dictatorship with peace in the world instead of democracy in Iraq with millions of lives at risk in the world. They want you to think that they are trying to promote peace. But the dark truth is that they want to sell guns to people who would just kill Americans. HOW STUPID!!

    • Karen Posey

      OK so we made them take the equipment, that’s what your calling it and I guess we use mind control to make ISIS become terrorist, why wouldn’t the leaders of the country keep the equipmet in a safe place out of ISIS hands, they where not very responsible. Oh that’s right blame the US

  • jvk

    America is using ISIS in three ways: to attack its enemies in the Middle East, to serve as a pretext for U.S. military intervention abroad, and at home to foment a manufactured domestic threat, used to justify the unprecedented expansion of invasive domestic surveillance.

  • Kryutsa

    My parents are from Nigeria. That’s just messed up!! =( =>(

  • rbdthnfngfnh

    How are there so many retards here? Was this linked on tumblr or something?

  • Abdullah Khan!

    WAIT A SECOND!NORTH KOREA ON NO 22? LOL!The country that should be on no 3 is on 22 xd

  • Abdullah Khan!


  • Yash Jha

    So many folks here in the comments talking about USA being the worst country in the world….the above list is based on facts and figures and not on anyone’s personal hatred towards or bias against any country. It must be acknowledged that the US along with other developed nations like the UK, Switzerland, Germany, France, Netherlands etc are where they are because of initiatives taken by their governments and people alike in building infrastructure, effectively resolving any problems and conflicts. They haven’t become what they are by just sitting and doing nothing. They stay at the top due to the collective mentality for progress that people in these countries have, ease of doing business etc(don’t mean to write a long essay here!).
    The point is, a country is nothing without its people. Development is brought about by people and people only. Each person’s own development plays a role in the development of a nation. By sitting here and hating on other countries(especially developed ones like the US), you are doing nothing positive in your life and thus by implication, nothing for your nation while they continue to be rich and developed countries. So get up and do some kind of (no matter how tiny) positive contribution to your nation and spread that mentality to your neighbours and friends.Do your own little contribution. Be the change you want to see rather than waiting for it to happen.
    Thank you.

  • Easy Like 123

    USA is either best country in the world or in the top three

  • Karen Posey

    I fill bad for all these people that have to live in horrible counties, blame your leader, not the US

    • tina carno

      the US should be on this list because of the fucked up people that country contains

  • NitroZeus

    I’m astonished that Palestine didn’t make this list.

  • Aayan

    Are u stupid. Check pakistan in 2017. 90% terrorism eradicated. No terror attacks for about a year.

  • Mido

    I expected to find Tunisia here and Algeria because they have a lot of Arabic terrorists and bad democratic state

  • Mido

    I thought all Mozlom countries and Southern Asia and African countries will be in this list and I was right

  • javid

    where is the india

  • Samuel Adams

    turn key mediocrity

  • #1

    The U.S should be on this list

  • pta nhi


  • pta nhi


  • Was that obmas shoe laying there in the one picture from Kenya? I think he lost it when he visited and wads there not even 30 seconds and ran screaming save me, save me Massah Bush…and jumped back on Air Force one.

  • The US A really does suck anymore. Go to any city and somewhere you’ll find places that look a lot like all of the pretty pictures shown here. This country is well on its was to 3rd or 4th world state. The people that are coming here are not the same immigrants that founded this country. No. The ones that come here now come expecting to be coddled and taken care of, free housing, money, car, school, and when they didn’t get it they get picked up by some craphole lib sanctuary state until they end up committing a crime and are either imprisoned or ICE throws them back over the border. Some or most turn to crime robbing someone or someplace. Soon most places in the USA that these illegals go will be such dung holes they will feel like they never left where they came from. Don’t expect to come to this country anymore and find anything for free. Most of the people here now are barely keeping their heads above water. You’ll be severely disappointed and you’ll have a whole line of illegals just like you, hundreds of thousands of you stupid, dirty scum all waiting with your hands out expecting free this and that. I see illegals fighting among themselves over whatever scraps the lib can barely throw them anymore. They’ll be camps of thousands of you pretty soon looking like refugee camps in Europe all fighting with each other defecating in the dirt streets. Waiting for the White man to save your sorry asses because you cant do it for yourself anywhere you go. The White people are sick of carrying all you black people and 3rd world people and your numbers keep growing through overpopulation. You laugh because there are less Withe people in America. But you see as there are less and less of us and more of you. The place becomes more of a rat infested roach filled squalor filled pigsty with no one to carry your sorry illegal azz anymore. Soon you’ll have nowhere to go.

  • ask me

    where is the fuck Algeria not appear in this list

  • Kaleb

    Guys USA isn’t poor or the worst there’s freedom and lot of it. But right I bet noe trump is stupid and stupid makes decisions. And It’s the 2 most strongest military. ( Russia is the best ). I live in Russia and I like it.

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