Our 21st-century Earth is a large and vast expanse of land dotted by countries and cities. Although each of these countries have their own form of culture, religion, politics, etc… many share similar characteristics and viewpoints on key issues. While a country can do all it can to attempt to garner its people’s love and support or rule how they feel they need to rule, a country can garner not only their people’s hate but also the hate of other countries.
No matter the technology and good a country can provide and do, the past still reflects a country’s character and for many, the past is why they harbor some level of hatred or animosity for said country. Maybe it’s because X country was allied with X country in World War I or some other war, whereas it could be just general disinterest and hate for their way of life.
Top 10 Most Hated Countries In The World In 2023
Without further ado, here are the top ten most hated countries in the world.
The following is a list of 10 countries that are in no particular order. Being number 1 doesn’t necessarily mean that the country listed is the most hated country in the world. In addition, the following countries are the results of various surveys online done by real people while also looking at the history of each country. But without further adieu, here are the top 10 most hated countries in the world.
For many people, Russia has become one of the most hated countries in the world. The current president Vladimir Putin, however, doesn’t seem to mind the reputation. If anything, his eyes are set on reuniting the former Soviet republics as a single nation.
Given that, it’s not s surprising that they’re quick to engage in conflict with other countries, especially those that share a border with the nation. Their 2022 Invasion of Ukraine is a prime example. Not only has it resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, but it has also battered the Ukrainian economy.
What’s worse, is that Russia is known for working with other disliked dictators and nations, such as North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. Just recently, they purchased millions of dollars worth of weapons and ammo from the former for use on the battlefield in Ukraine.
That’s not all, their involvement in the Cold War has also made them particularly disliked in the United States. Not to mention their interference during the 2016 presidential election via social media campaigns and hacking.
China is similar to Russia in that they’re ruled by an authoritative regime. If anything, they’re even more controlling and oppressive. For starters, the government controls a number of businesses, which leads to corruption. Not only that but forced labor is also a huge issue.
On top of that, they’re the largest polluter in the world. In 2021 alone, they released more than 10,000 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.They’ve also refused to grant independence to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, despite numerous protests. In fact, human rights are routinely suppressed in the country to the point where individuals can be put into prison for shouting protest slogans.
The government has also committed genocide against the Uyghur in Xinjiang, which resulted in millions being detained. They’re also the home of the annual Dog Meat Festival, which many animal lovers, especially those in the western hemisphere, find barbaric.
They’re also known for their internet censorship system aka “the Great Firewall”, which is more sophisticated and comprehensive than any other nation in the world. Not only does the government block certain websites, but they also monitor internet access on a regular basis. Major internet platforms also have their own self-censorship systems.
3. United States
The fact that this country is included in the list might surprise many Americans, but there are several reasons for it. For one thing, the U.S. has a tendency of overstepping when it comes to international events, usually in a way that benefits the country.
Not only that but the government also frequently sends troops into other nations such as Iraq, Afghanistan, and Panama for reasons that are often criticized by those outside the U.S. To make matters worse, the country is also known for throwing its weight around politically; this can often resemble bullying or oppression to those in other countries.
The increasingly hostile political division between conservatives and liberals has also been ridiculed, as has American’s willingness to trust politicians and media sources. There’s also a perceived sense of entitlement among Americans, where they assume the U.S. is the world leader.
In recent years, the country has also been criticized for its fumbled response to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has resulted in more than a million deaths nationwide. There’s also a lack of progress in many areas such as gun regulation, gender inequality, health care, and race issues, which has led to numerous problems.
4. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is ruled by an authoritarian government known for their strict, misogynistic, and violent policies. Human rights, especially women’s rights, are notably repressed in the country. In fact, legally, they’re treated very similarly to minors. For one thing, they’re almost always controlled by their husbands. However, this isn’t too surprising seeing as how the country had refused to sign the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Police corruption is also rampant, with many relying on abuse and torture to extract confessions from suspects. LGBTQ+ rights are also among the worst in the world as homosexuality is punishable by death. There are also no laws against statutory or spousal rape. Rather, rape victims are often put in prison for offenses that include dressing too provocatively or being in the presence of an unrelated man. It’s also not uncommon for them to be stoned to death for bringing shame upon their families.
On top of all that, Saudi Arabia is also the birthplace of many terrorist groups including the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and ISIL. They’re also highly militarized, which has led them to regularly conduct many war crimes against other countries such as Yemen.
5. North Korea
North Korea is known for its authoritative government, which regularly oppresses its own citizens. The country is also ruled by Kim Jong-un, a third-generation dictator who has an extreme lack of empathy and regularly displays exploitative behavior toward others.
If anything, their citizens may have the worse human rights in the world. However, it’s hard to know for sure as the country is super secretive in all aspects. In 2016, American college student Otto Warmbier was imprisoned after trying to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel. He was ultimately released in a vegetative state after suffering a severe neurological injury.
All media is also heavily controlled from radios to TVs; only government-approved content may be broadcasted. The world wide web is also restricted in that regular devices cannot access the internet. Phones cannot call internationally as well as international communications are blocked.
That’s not all, those who live in North Korea also have no say in their position or profession; they’re simply assigned to them by the government. The distribution of food is also strictly regulated and no one is allowed to leave the country without government permission, which is rarely granted. Citizens can also be arrested or detained for arbitrary reasons.
Pakistan is one of only a few countries in the Middle East to have nuclear weapons. For this reason, the country has become a haven for terrorists with many groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Taliban participating in bombings that kill thousands of civilians every year. Given that, it’s not surprising to know that many Pakistanis live in fear of terrorist activity.
Not only that but they’re also one of the most patriarchal countries in the world with many women and girls being the victims of rape, domestic violence, forced marriage, and even murder. What’s worse, is that those responsible are rarely held accountable by law enforcement. There’s also the oppression of minority groups such as the transgender and other members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Like many of the other countries on this list, they also oppose free speech. In fact, those who try to speak out against it are often arrested and thrown in prison. Just earlier this year, the country’s federal cabinet approved a five-year sentence for those criticizing state institutions (e.g. army) on electronic media.
Israel is a country with a Jewish-speaking majority. For many years, however, they’ve been stuck in a territorial dispute with the Muslim-majority country Palestine over territory that’s significant to both country’s religions. Because of this, it’s become the target of hatred by many Muslims in the world.
Not only that but the country is also often accused of using the United States, their biggest supporter, as an enabler for unsavory conduct. For instance, many have criticized Israel for how it handled settlements in Palestine, and for its treatment of refugees. The government also has a tendency of eliminating Palestinians with “targeted killings.” The fact that they seem to be stockpiling nuclear weapons definitely doesn’t help either.
Other issues that are often criticized include the prolonged occupation of war-gained territories and the government’s refusal to allow Palestinian war refugees to return home.
According to one survey, over half of Israeli citizens believe that “the“entire world is against them” and three-quarters believe that “the world will continue to criticize Israel” no matter what the country does regarding the Palestinians.
Iraq is often associated with ISIS/ISL, a militant Islamist group that has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda, a global terror network founded by Osama bin Laden that was responsible for 9/11. While the country itself has an authoritarian dictatorship, it’s ISIS that commits the majority of offenders, from car-bomb attacks to the mass executive of civilians.
Not only that but the country was also previously ruled by Saddam Hussein, a politician who has conducted a number of violations including ethnic cleansing, state terrorism, assassinations, genocide, lawless torture and imprisonment, lawless secret police, and more.
They also have a reputation for being one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Recently, President Barham Salih revealed that the country has lost more than $150 billion in oil money, which was stolen and smuggled overseas through lucrative deals. Corruption in the country has also increased unemployment and poverty while siphoning billions of dollars into the pockets of government officials.
While the government has formed a committee to investigate these major cases of corruption, little progress has been made so far. If anything, it remains rampant in the country.
Iran is similar to Israel and Pakistan in that those who hate the country cite its tendency to clash with other countries with opposing religions as a major factor. Not only that but they also have a huge list of human rights violations. For one thing, the government often takes “extrajudicial actions” such as the rape, torture, and killing, of political prisoners. It’s also not uncommon for there to be beatings and killings of civilians.
Many have also accused Iran of supporting terrorism. In fact, the United States has designated the government of Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism since 1984. And as it turns out, it isn’t that far from the truth as the country has provided military and political support to many militant movements such as Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad and has directly conducted various terrorist acts.
There are also concerns about the Irani government diverting funds from its nuclear energy program into developing nuclear weapons.
It’s no secret that Germany was the instigator for both World War I and World War II. Their activities in the latter was particularly brutal as they employed concentration camps to exterminate more than 2.7 million people, mostly Jews. The victims were primarily killed by gassing in chambers that were constructed for this specific purpose. In total there were six of ‘extermination camps’—Auschwitz-Birkenau, Treblinka, Majdanek, Belzec, Sobibor, and Chelmno.
Fortunately, modern Germany is nothing like its harrowing past. In fact, few people would find negative things to say about the country. Still, its history lingers in the minds of many, especially those with loved ones that were involved in the two world wars.