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Most Fragile Countries not in Africa

Can you name the most fragile countries of the world that aren't in Africa, according to the 2019 Fragile States Index?
Based on 12 factors including demographic pressure, economic failure, and political discord
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First submittedJanuary 1, 2017
Last updatedJuly 23, 2019
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Rank
Score
Country
1
113.5
Yemen
4
111.5
Syria
9
105.0
Afghanistan
12
99.3
Haiti
13
99.1
Iraq
22
94.3
Myanmar
23
94.2
Pakistan
26
92.7
North Korea
32
89.3
Venezuela
36
87.7
Bangladesh
Rank
Score
Country
41
85.5
East Timor
44
85.0
Lebanon
45
84.7
Nepal
46
84.0
Sri Lanka
50
83.1
Papua New Guinea
50
83.1
Philippines
52
83.0
Iran
54
82.5
Cambodia
55
81.9
Solomon Islands
57
81.4
Guatemala
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level 82
Jan 1, 2017
I am surprised that Yemen is topping Syria.
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level ∞
Jan 2, 2017
Me too
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level 47
Jan 2, 2017
Yemen's civil war at the moment is probably worse than Syria's but the media's coverage has been far lower so most people are barely aware of it.
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level 51
Mar 20, 2017
swathes of yemen are already completely under militant rule and that amount grows everyday...same with afghanistan where al qaeda is making a terrifying comeback
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level 73
Sep 16, 2019
Nobody should be surprised anymore in 2019 :/
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level 51
Jan 1, 2017
I am honestly surprised that Venezuela isn't on the list.
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level 72
Jan 2, 2017
It's #63 (#23 on this list), behind Uzbekistan and Guatemala. The US press tends to gleefully report what goes wrong in Venezuela, after years of being teased by Chavez, which is probably why Uzbekistan and Guatemala, and many countries in the Top 20, are less noticed than Venezuela. Also, many rating numbers are so close together that in real terms a whole bunch of nations are as "fragile" as each other.
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level ∞
Jan 2, 2017
While Venezuela would score poorly in economic areas, they don't have overpopulation or ethnic/religious conflict. It's not tough to imagine that things will rapidly improve once the Chavistas are gone. The problems in other countries are more intractable. Which is why the situation in Venezuela is so sad. It's entirely self-inflicted.
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level 71
Mar 20, 2017
Really, if Venezuela isn't on this list, the list is silly. Maybe things have gotten worse since the list was compiled, but I don't believe there's a country more fragile than Venezuela that isn't in open civil war.
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level ∞
Jul 23, 2019
Two years have passed and Maduro has succeeded in making the country poor enough to appear on the list. I stand by my position that once those clowns are gone, Venezuela will rapidly improve.
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level 80
Jan 3, 2017
Went through a bunch of the Pacific island countries and figured I was on the wrong track. I guess I didn't go through them all! :-\ And missed one very obvious one near the USA. Nice quiz.
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level 71
Jan 5, 2017
I went that direction too. I thought those ones with all the a's and u's that are going to be totally underwater in under 50 years surely qualified as "fragile".
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level 43
Mar 23, 2018
exactly what i thought, after the few obvious ones of syria, yemen and north korea tuvalu was my next guess.
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level 71
Jul 29, 2019
So I finally took a look at the actual report: there’s only 178 countries in it, and as far as I can tell, there are no small island nations in the Pacific Basin included, with the exception of the Solomon Islands. I’m guessing it was a matter of not being able to collect enough useful data due to their diminutive sizes.
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level 70
Jan 13, 2017
That was fun! In a depressing sort of way... Nearly missed North Korea because I was thinking largely about government hold on power. Finally broadened my thinking a little bit. Some past experience with UN Peacekeeping made Solomon Islands an easy guess.
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level 51
Jan 31, 2017
North Korea? But not Lebanon? Really?
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level 56
Mar 20, 2017
Venezuela should be on this list
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level 56
Mar 20, 2017
i have never read so many pompous comments anywhere
+5
level 67
Mar 22, 2017
New to jetpunk eh?
+4
level 68
Mar 20, 2017
I'm in a Fragile State after the weekend I had
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level 56
Mar 20, 2017
Note to self: when it says NOT in Africa, don't start typing lots of African countries and wonder why none of the them are correct...
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level 58
Mar 20, 2017
Note to self: read fitheach's note to self...
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level 79
Oct 28, 2018
Yeah . . . I tried both Libya and Somalia before I realized I was a moron . . .
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level 79
Jul 27, 2019
Nine months later, still a moron . . .
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level 61
Mar 20, 2017
Anyone else get Yemen straight from the photo?
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level 58
Mar 20, 2017
Nope! My first guess for that picture would have been Madagascar. Which, obviously, wasn't an option, so...
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level 67
Mar 20, 2017
I did! That's why I thought it was environmental fragility until I went back and read the note.
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level 64
Mar 20, 2017
Yesss. Socotra dragon trees.
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level 39
Oct 6, 2017
How does everyone know what tree that is?????????
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level 77
Aug 23, 2019
@deathmobile because it's so cool!
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level 38
Mar 20, 2017
No Cuba? Surprised by that.
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level 61
Mar 20, 2017
Cuba's not all that bad, relatively speaking. It's a very poor country, but that's about it. There isn't much violence. People don't live well by any stretch, but there is no civil unrest or threat of war. There is a lot of national pride too. I think most of us find the government's stronghold over the people upsetting (I certainly do), but a lot of Cubans genuinely believe(d) in Castro and support Communism. Whether that's a consequence of propaganda is a fair question...but I think most countries' citizens are swayed by propaganda. The real exacerbating factor for Cuba is the embargo/blockade, but with relations with the U.S. opening up, there is hope for the future in Cuba. Every nation on this list has a much, much bleaker outlook...
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level 64
Jul 24, 2019
Your ignorance is not bliss! Cubans are literally dying to leave the country. There is plenty of violence, it just does not happen in public. The reason Cuba is not on many "worst of" lists is the government does not release honest figures. In Cuba babies born with any birth defect are murdered, guess what, those murdered children are not calculated into their infant mortality numbers.
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level 75
Mar 20, 2017
Also surprised no Greece given their economy and the migrant crisis
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level 64
Mar 20, 2017
That's because Greece is comparatively developed. No overpopulation, no starvation, no religion or ethnicity conflicts, democracy, you get the gist.
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level 79
Mar 20, 2017
Europe in general seems to be doing pretty well all things considered. Most of its countries are at the very bottom of the list. Highest is Russia at #65.
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level 77
Mar 20, 2017
Feels like there was too much time. Normally I never would have guessed the Solomon Islands or East Timor over Thailand, Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Iran and so on... but there was so much time I managed 100% with 1:23 left through almost random guessing. (well not completely random, skipped over Europe completely now that I think about it- didn't even guess Ukraine or Romania)
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level 77
Apr 2, 2017
I know these guess-a-country quizzes typically are 4 minutes long. But even in most cases that seems like an excessive time limit. When you block out Africa and the huge number of countries that the continent represents, then 4 minutes becomes way too much. Should be 2 minutes, or at most 3, if you're going to exclude an entire continent.
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level 80
Mar 20, 2017
Moldova!
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level 49
Mar 20, 2017
I am Sri Lankan and I am not sure why Sri Lanka is still on this list after the civil war ended.
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level 61
Mar 20, 2017
I wonder how South Sudan measures up?
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level 79
Mar 20, 2017
#2.
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level 61
Mar 21, 2017
Fra-gi-le? Must be Italian.
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level 37
Mar 21, 2017
Wasn't expecting the Solomon islands on this list
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level 77
Apr 2, 2017
Where is Eggstonia?
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level 57
Jul 24, 2019
Somewhere near Hamburg and Chipschester.
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level 57
Jul 26, 2019
On the same tectonic plate, in fact.
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level 78
Sep 9, 2019
Number 146 with a score of 40.8. https://fundforpeace.org/2019/04/10/fragile-states-index-2019/
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level 43
Jul 24, 2019
Where is South Sudan?
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level 72
Jul 24, 2019
...Africa?
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level 69
Sep 1, 2019
South of Sudan
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level 63
Jul 27, 2019
If North Korea ranks #26 I pitty the top 25.
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level 78
Sep 9, 2019
While the majority of African countries are near the top, it is worth pointing out 17 of the countries are less fragile than this list, all of those except Tanzania are becoming less fragile, and of the fragile countries in Africa which would be on the list all of them are becoming less fragile too except 5 (Mali, Uganda, Cameroon, Burundi & Chad). I point this out because without this it is easy to continue thinking of Africa as a place with no prospects but it is in fact fast growing, vibrant and increasingly modern.