Most Sanctioned Countries

What countries are currently targeted by the greatest number of sanctions imposed by Western governments and the EU?
As of 2022 March 12
Sanctions could be against the country itself, or an organization or group within that country
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Last updated: March 11, 2022
First submittedMarch 11, 2022
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Sanctions
Country
6,331
Russia
3,616
Iran
2,608
Syria
2,077
North Korea
651
Venezuela
510
Myanmar
208
Cuba
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Level 80
Mar 12, 2022
Surely Belarus should be here as well?
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Level ∞
Mar 12, 2022
I've sent an e-mail to the owner of the site. We'll see what he says.
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Level 73
Mar 14, 2022
Hopefully one day we'll be able to add Belgium to this list
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2022
Why Belgium? Do you mean Belarus?
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Level 43
Mar 17, 2022
Belgia delenda est
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Level 71
Mar 17, 2022
Gallia Belgica
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Level 61
Mar 17, 2022
I live in Belgium, what is wrong with it Tramp? There are numerous countries that take less care of its citizens and others. Strange comment.

Don't bring up history by the way because many countries have a dark history due to particular individuals. I don't see why you would suggest modern Belgium to be sanctioned.

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Level 68
Mar 17, 2022
@Tramp Only after Cyprus, no country should be allowed to cause so much grief on online quiz websites and get away with it!
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Level 55
Mar 19, 2022
@GlobalCitizen I believe it's because of the ongoing joke (well for some people it's a joke) online that Belgium shouldn't exist because it's just a mix of the Dutch, the French, and some Germans
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Level 82
Mar 12, 2022
Probably on the list, but not nearly as high as Russia.
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Level 50
Mar 12, 2022
Satista gives the same order, and almost the same stats (maybe a bit older, like one or two days more), without Belarus too. But yes, that's surprising.
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Level ∞
Mar 12, 2022
That's because Statista is using data from our source.
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Level 50
Mar 13, 2022
I'm stupid...
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Level 73
Mar 12, 2022
Thought I'd see China up there
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Level 70
Mar 12, 2022
Even if Western countries want to sanction China, I don't think they could given how intertwined China is with the global economy. Sanctions on China would probably hurt the American economy as much as it would hurt the Chinese economy.
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Level ∞
Mar 12, 2022
Step 1: Become indispensable.

Step 2: Do whatever you want.

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Level 69
Mar 16, 2022
"The American way".
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Level 59
Mar 17, 2022
China has totally beaten the West at its own game
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2022
@de07mi Not entirely. There are already some sactions on Chinese officials for their treatment of Uyghurs.
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Level 55
Mar 19, 2022
emphasis on some
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Level 82
Mar 12, 2022
China is the largest trading partner of almost every other nation on Earth, it's virtually impossible to sanction it.
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Level 81
Mar 14, 2022
China does effectively have some sanctions on it, but many of those are on Chinese individuals that are still employed by the state and sanctioned because of the state.
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Level 77
Mar 13, 2022
I don't see why there should be any sanctions on Cuba.

Brazil, on the other hand, is killing us all - if it continues to allow the Amazon rainforest to be cut down at the current rate it should quickly become a pariah state.

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Level 84
Mar 13, 2022
(C)old (War) habits die hard.
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Level 81
Mar 14, 2022
By that argument should we not be sanctioning China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, the list goes on...
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Level 76
Mar 14, 2022
Yeah, the sanctions on Cuba make absolutely no sense. By all accounts it's a much better place in terms of freedoms than Afghanistan, most of Africa, or any of the Middle East dictatorships.
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Level 73
Mar 17, 2022
But not nearly as free as (let me check my notes) El Salvador, Guatemala, and Haiti in the '80s.
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Level 64
Mar 17, 2022
Wonder who propped up those dictatorships 🤔🤔🤔
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Level 73
Mar 17, 2022
Why don't you ask that question to the people who fled from cuba.
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Level 73
Apr 13, 2022
@tbolt By the same token, why don't you ask that question to people in or fleeing from those Asian and African countries mentioned?
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Level 61
Mar 13, 2022
Surprised about the absence of Belarus and (but not as much) Iraq.
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Level 58
Mar 18, 2022
hussein is long gone; iraq is actually pretty democratic for its region
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Level 49
Mar 23, 2022
Iraq is a vassal state, thats why it is not sanctioned
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Level 76
Mar 15, 2022
Surprised that South Africa didn't appear on this list following UN resolutions related to apartheid. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_sanctions_during_apartheid
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Level 64
Mar 15, 2022
Yeah, there is some kind of start date implied, that sanctions before that date don't count. It's like it's currently active sanctions maybe?
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Level 55
Mar 19, 2022
Yes I *think* it's just currently active.
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2022
Why isn't Afghanistan on here?
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Level 58
Mar 17, 2022
In order to make this list, Afghanistan would have to have been sanctioned more than 208 times, which it has not, according to the source used.
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Level 58
Mar 17, 2022
I guess the slate was wiped clean recently, so long that the talibans uphold their end or the bargain about not supporting terrorists abroad.
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Level 65
Mar 17, 2022
Afghanistan is being de facto sanctioned. It's foreign reserves are currently frozen, which has caused an economic collapse and a looming famine.
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Level 20
Mar 17, 2022
god save america i guess
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Level 37
Mar 17, 2022
Oh my ... how did I forget North Korea
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Level 69
Mar 17, 2022
Israel and Turkey should enter this list.
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Level 41
Mar 17, 2022
how israel? its literally ally of almost every eu country and could join the EU anytime
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Level 61
Mar 17, 2022
I full support Israel's right to exist as a country but they have undoubtedly committed Human Rights abuses. People are being forced from their land due to illegal settlements.
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Level 70
Mar 17, 2022
That's just your opinion, man. Come visit here and find out yourself how far it is from the truth.
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Level 65
Mar 21, 2022
no doubt Israel has good relations with EU but no way they are joining EU.. it's not even on the agenda of either parties
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Level 49
Mar 23, 2022
Israel is not nearly as popular as they would like to be
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Level 44
Mar 17, 2022
The description should be clarified as follows:

"What countries have been targeted" should change to "What countries are currently targeted"

With the current language, I took the quiz thinking we were talking about past sanctions, and I wondered what the start date might be. Looking at the source (which not everybody will do), it's clear that we are talking about currently active sanctions.

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Level 76
Mar 20, 2022
Please make a change to this effect QM
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Level ∞
Mar 20, 2022
Done
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Level 61
Mar 18, 2022
Wish the US was here. Most toxic country in the world by far
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Level 67
Mar 18, 2022
He said while Russia was in the midst of a brutal invasion of and bombing campaign in Ukraine.
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Level 84
Mar 19, 2022
obviously a very fair-minded, unbiased, intelligent and well-informed individual.
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Level 55
Mar 19, 2022
This is why we need a downvote in Jetpunk, although I guess there are downsides to having it as well.
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Level 44
Mar 21, 2022
As a European, here we are told the USA is great, and it is. But, like every other country, needs some work. A lot of people tend to look on the downsides of living in the USA instead of the upsides. When you look at both you can see that the upsides heavily outweigh the downsides. Life in the USA is different to in Europe, but that doesn't make it worse.
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Level 49
Mar 23, 2022
No American has the moral high ground to lecture any country when it comes to invasions.
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Level 56
Mar 25, 2022
Oh please, you’re judging an entire country on the stereotypes that we’re all rude, fat, arrogant people. That’s just not fair, or okay. Every country has it’s rotten eggs, and a country as large as the US is bound to have many. And Russia has many more rotten eggs. So, it isn’t fair to say Monaco is less toxic than US, for example. It’s also pretty obvious you’re the only toxic one here.
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Level 73
Apr 13, 2022
Sanctions are not based on people's rudeness. Now, if you feel personally attacked because someone believes your country should be held accountable for its government's foreign policies, then you're basically defending those policies and you are the one equating a government with its people.
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Level 56
Apr 20, 2022
I’m not defending our policies. They’re pretty horrible. If people wanted to sanction us because our presidents were doing outrageous things, fine. But from what I can tell, this guy thinks that we should be sanctioned on the stereotype that U.S. citizens are toxic idiots