10 Shocking Reasons These Countries Banned McDonald’s

10. Cheapening the Culture (Bermuda)

While the company/consumer relationship may be a little unclear at time, Bermuda’s population has made its preferences and opinions on McDonald’s starkly clear.
10. Cheapening the Culture (Bermuda)

9. Contract Terminations (Macedonia)

Some countries have allowed McDonald’s on foreign soil but later decide to renege on the deal, as was the case in Macedonia. For the better part of 16 years, Mickey D’s had a thriving group of seven restaurants in this country, including one in Skopje, Macedonia’s capital.
9. Contract Terminations (Macedonia)

8. Bad Economy (Yemen)

Although this may not be true for much longer, a McDonald’s restaurant in your country is thought to be a benchmark for economic health and prosperity. The more chains you have, the better your economy is supposedly doing.
8. Bad Economy (Yemen)

7. Poor Sales (Barbados)

Sometimes, even if a country is a financial and economic option to open a McDonald’s, that doesn’t always mean that the restaurant will succeed. That was what happened in Barbados. A single franchise saw its grand opening way back in 1996, but before the calendar year turned to 1997, the Golden Arches were no more.
7. Poor Sales (Barbados)

6. Preference for Other Food (Bolivia)

Much like Macedonia, Bolivia also once had various McDonald’s locations scattered across the country, with eight total in such cities as Santa Cruz de la Sierra and La Paz. In this case, the relationship lasted for 14 years, before Bolivia became the first brave country in all of Latin America to cut the restaurant.
6. Preference for Other Food (Bolivia)

5. Currency Drop (Iceland)

There were only three McDonald’s restaurants in Iceland, but one was in Reykjavik, the esteemed country’s capital. However, no one could have foreseen what would happen in 2009.
5. Currency Drop (Iceland)

4. Lack of Healthy Options (Montenegro)

Many other countries, including Iceland, Bolivia, and Barbados, found that McDonald’s didn’t really have the healthiest options on its menu, even with meals that it was purporting were better for you. Montenegro housed just one set of Golden Arches in its capital of Podgorica more than 10 years ago.
4. Lack of Healthy Options (Montenegro)

3. Political Reasons (Zimbabwe)

Politics and cheap cheeseburgers just do not mix. McDonald’s was just in the process of building a few locations across Zimbabwe in the 2000s, including one in Harare (the capital), when the country broke out into complete and total political unrest.
3. Political Reasons (Zimbabwe)

2. Sanctions Against the US (North Korea)

North Korea prefers to keep anything produced in the US far away from its borders. McDonald’s never had a chance in the country, especially since airtight sanctions were put into place by the United Nations in 2006. North Korea was supposedly displeased with the US’s human rights policies.
2. Sanctions Against the US (North Korea)

1. McDonald’s Just Isn’t Wanted (Ghana)

McDonald’s may have deemed Ghana’s residents to be too financially unstable to be worthwhile of earning one of its restaurants. However, that didn’t stop Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC from landing a prime spot in Accra, Ghana’s capital.
1. McDonald’s Just Isn’t Wanted (Ghana)