Biggest Countries with No McDonald's

What are the most populous countries that don't have a single McDonald's location?
Hint: All the countries are in Africa or Asia
Establishments on military bases are included
Quiz by FlabberBapper
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Last updated: December 2, 2019
First submittedDecember 23, 2016
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Population
Country
201 mil
Nigeria
163 m
Bangladesh
112 m
Ethiopia
86.8 m
D.R. Congo
82.9 m
Iran
58.0 m
Tanzania
54.0 m
Myanmar
52.6 m
Kenya
Population
Country
44.3 m
Uganda
42.8 m
Sudan
43.0 m
Algeria
38.0 m
Afghanistan
33.0 m
Uzbekistan
31.9 m
Angola
30.4 m
Ghana
Population
Country
30.4 m
Mozambique
29.2 m
Yemen
28.7 m
Nepal
27.0 m
Madagascar
25.9 m
Cameroon
25.7 m
Ivory Coast
25.7 m
North Korea
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Level 45
Oct 15, 2017
I was surprised Sri Lanka, Fiji and Iraq have McDonalds. That's pretty cool though!
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Level 81
Oct 18, 2019
First things Americans do when they Invade a country. Pull down stone statues of the leaders and put up a fiberglass Ronald McDonald.
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Level 49
Jan 27, 2020
The United States has never invaded another country, nor does the United States pull down statues.
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Level 54
Jan 27, 2020
Pretty sure it was a joke
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Level 50
Jan 27, 2020
It was a joke, but really? The US has never invaded another country? Do you live under a rock?
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Level 73
Jan 27, 2020
If the USA has never invaded another country, the earth must still be flat.
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Level 83
Jan 27, 2020
Also, Confederate statues are slowly being removed across the country. So you're wrong on both accounts.
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Level 69
Dec 2, 2019
Nah, cool it is not.
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Level 63
Jan 27, 2020
Yeah, it's so uncool to create jobs.
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Level 47
Jan 27, 2020
"Establishments on military bases are included." Fairly sure I can guess the colour of the zone in Iraq that has a McDonald's.
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Level 46
Jan 27, 2020
Baghdad has a few
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Level 55
Dec 2, 2019
These are the biggest countries without McDs, not all the countries.
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Level 67
Jan 27, 2020
Hm wish I had realised that sooner haha tried all african islands and other smallest nations before moving on..
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Level 82
Jan 27, 2020
Ah, I somehow missed that, even though it is in the title. The absence of certain answers makes more sense now.
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Level 47
Jan 25, 2020
i wasn't surprised because britain and usa ruled these countries and made mc donalds
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Level 50
Jan 27, 2020
This comment doesn't make much sense.
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Level 61
Jun 17, 2020
Yeah it really doesn’t
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Level 80
Jan 27, 2020
Fiji and Sri Lanka are too small to appear on the quiz. Iraq's McDonald's is on the US military base and may be leaving soon.
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Level 57
Jan 27, 2020
Sri Lanka and Fiji have a considerable amount of Western tourists, and Iraq have 1 mcdonalds in US military base, for US troops, not allowed for Iraqis
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Level 50
Jan 27, 2020
It's ridiculous to say that you are surprised to not see Sri Lanka here even though Mcdonald's is serving here since 1998.
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Level 47
Apr 5, 2020
I thought Bangladesh had to have at least one. That's crazy! AND NIGERIA
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Level 28
Feb 8, 2018
I'm sad those countries don't have Mcdonalds because some of the countries on the list I been to.......... Still great quiz! :)
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Level 81
Oct 18, 2019
Yes, I feel terrible for them.
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Level 61
Feb 13, 2020
Why? McDonald's is trash food and ruining the environment. More power to any country that doesn't serve that awful food.
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Level 38
Apr 11, 2020
Agreed
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Level 64
Dec 1, 2019
The biggest shocker for me is Nigeria.
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Level ∞
Dec 2, 2019
Obviously a market opportunity. I have yet to visit a McDonald's outside the U.S. that hasn't been busy at all hours. I imagine one in central Lagos would be insane.
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Level 58
Dec 3, 2019
The Nigerian government will not allow McDonald's unless the company agrees to source ingredients from within Nigeria. Since the company doesn't work that way, so far no McDonald's in Nigeria.
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Level 57
Jan 27, 2020
"Since the company doesn't work that way". In fact it does. French McDonalds mainly uses French ingredients, especially the main ones (beef, chicken, potatoes, lettuce, buns, eggs).
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Level 67
Jan 27, 2020
Australian Mcdonalds is constantly advertising how they use Australian beef.
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Level 68
Dec 1, 2019
Fun quiz! Intriguing (though perhaps unsurprising) that everything is Africa or Asia
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Level 63
Dec 1, 2019
Nice one Flapper! Uzbekistan caught me, never knew how populous it's become.
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Level 80
Dec 2, 2019
It's growing fast, but it's been populous for quite some time. It's a surprisingly fertile land, probably the most favorable place for civilization in central Asia. That's why it was so important on the northern silk road (Samarkhand and Bukhara). Tashkent is a large city too. The downside is that they need all the water of the region, which destroyed the Aral sea...
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Level 69
Dec 2, 2019
Irrigation for cotton production.
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Level 65
Dec 2, 2019
Needs a caveat that it includes military bases. The only one in Iraq is on a US base (knockoffs exist, like MaDonal).
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Level 61
Dec 2, 2019
Sounds like a good suggestion, will do.
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Level 70
Dec 2, 2019
Thank you for this quiz. Gives me a list of countries with such an excellent reason for making a visit.
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Level 67
Dec 3, 2019
It would be interesting to have a KFC list .Their in 13 countries that McDs isn't on this list.
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Level 45
Jan 28, 2020
It's very odd that my home country of Finland doesn't have a KFC
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Level 54
Sep 7, 2020
Yeah, my country, Belgium, only got a KFC like 1 or 2 years ago
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Level 61
Dec 3, 2019
In the immortal words of Liz Lemon: "I want to go there!" Pestilence, disease, penury, corruption, venality, strife; but at least, no McDonalds.
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Level 80
Dec 3, 2019
There's no accounting for taste.
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Level 55
Dec 4, 2019
I tought Kim loved the Big Mac
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Level 72
Dec 27, 2019
Very few of these countries have an obesity problem...coincidence? I think not.
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Level 49
Jan 27, 2020
Might have something to do with the total lack of food in general as well.
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Level 47
Jan 16, 2020
Wait...establishments on military bases? LOL. Great idea to get twenty Big Macs before training!
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Level 67
Jan 27, 2020
Actually not the worst idea. McDonalds food has a lot of calories but if you are training hard it actually makes sense. I'm pretty sure Michael Phelps ate a bunch of McDonalds during the olympics because he's constantly training so hard.
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Level 33
Jan 27, 2020
Im surprised Nigeria doesn't have at least one in Lagos...their economy is on the upsurge last I read......
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Level 50
Jan 27, 2020
Please keep Mcdonalds out of these countries.
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Level 80
Jan 28, 2020
Stop buying their food and they won't come or will go away.