World's 5 Most Unequal Countries on Same Continent

Effects of South Africa's apartheid still felt
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2018 6:40 PM CDT
World's 5 Most Unequal Countries on Same Continent
South Africans queue to vote at a polling station in Bekkersdal in 2014.   (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Inequality was embedded in South African culture through its apartheid system. Nearly a quarter century after its end, the country still has a long way to go. "Inequality is high, persistent, and has increased since 1994" in South Africa, which is the most unequal country in the world when it comes to income, the World Bank says in a new report. It includes a ranking of 149 countries based on income inequality, where a score of zero represents total equality, per NPR. The five top and bottom countries:

Least equal:

1. South Africa: 63
2. Namibia: 61
3. Botswana: 61
4. Zambia: 57
5. Central African Republic: 56

Most equal:

1. Ukraine: 26
2. Iceland: 26
3. Slovenia: 26
4. Czech Republic: 26
5. Slovakia: 26

Click for the full list or check out this maddening inequality stat. (Read more inequality stories.)

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