Most Conservative Countries 2019

When discussing politics or religion, the term “conservative” comes up often, but what does it mean? Someone who is conservative is someone that has traditional values and beliefs. A person that is conservative is wary of innovation.

A person who is conservative, for example, may be in favor of marriage when it’s between a man and a woman. A conservative person may not believe in divorce, abortion, or other controversial issues. A person who is conservative is typically very resistant to change.

People all over the world have different beliefs and values, and many of these people are more traditional. However, it’s impossible to measure exactly how many conservatives live around the world. There are studies, reports, and research that give an idea of which nations around the world are the most conservative. While it’s possible that this data is incomplete or there are some inaccuracies, this is the best way to measure which countries are the most conservative.

MoveHub compiled data to create a list of the most and least conservative countries in the world. Data was pulled from three studies performed in 2016. The studies used to compile this list include the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap report, the Social Progress Index, and the Environmental Performance Index.

These studies evaluate categories including religious tolerance, freedom of the press, and gender parity.

Based on these studies, Yemen is considered the most conservative nation in the world. The data show that this country has the largest gender gap and performed poorly in areas including corruption and access to education.

Coming in second as one of the world’s most conservative countries is Mali. Mali scored low in advanced education and gender parity. It was found the be one of the least tolerant and progressive countries in the world.

Ranked third, Iran is another one of the world’s most conservative countries. It ranked poorly in personal rights and gender parity.

The top 10 most conservative nations based on the data compiled by MoveHub are:

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1Pakistan216,565,318881,912 km²340,418 mi²0.59%2.04%AsiaSouthern Asia
2Ethiopia112,078,7301,104,300 km²426,260 mi²0.74%2.61%AfricaEastern Africa
3Egypt100,388,0731,002,450 km²386,946 mi²0.68%2.00%AfricaNorthern Africa
4Iran82,913,9061,648,195 km²636,203 mi²1.11%1.36%AsiaSouthern Asia
5Saudi Arabia34,268,5282,149,690 km²829,780 mi²1.45%1.68%AsiaWestern Asia
6Yemen29,161,922527,968 km²203,796 mi²0.36%2.33%AsiaWestern Asia
7Mali19,658,0311,240,192 km²478,714 mi²0.84%3.04%AfricaWestern Africa
8Chad15,946,8761,284,000 km²495,624 mi²0.86%3.03%AfricaMiddle Africa
9Lebanon6,855,71310,452 km²4,034 mi²< 0.1%-0.05%AsiaWestern Asia
10Swaziland1,148,13017,364 km²6,703 mi²< 0.1%1.04%AfricaSouthern Africa