Food & Nutrition

9 Countries That Have Banned McDonald’s

Despite what you might think, the fast-food giant is not loved the whole world over.


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In the United States, you can barely be 100 miles from a McDonald’s. Because of this, it might come as a surprise that some countries don’t have a single one. But it’s true; everything from economic collapse to political strife has resulted in these nations being free of the Golden Arches. Here is exactly how far you can be from a McDonalds in the U.S. 


BermudaAndrew F. Kazmierski/Shutterstock

Until 1995, there was only one McDonald’s restaurant on this Caribbean island. Now, there are zero. The country has a law banning foreign fast-food joints that has been in place since the 1970s. McDonald’s, however, managed to find a loophole in 1985 by building a Mickey D’s on a U.S. Naval Air Station. That station closed in 1995, however, and the McDonald’s closed with it. According to, the franchise took another crack at breaking into Bermuda in 1999, but this time, the law won out. Don’t miss these items on the McDonald’s secret menu


IranKanisorn Pringthongfoo/Shutterstock

In recent years, relations between this Middle Eastern country and the United States have been tense to say the least, and Western franchises like McDonald’s have been collateral damage. There hasn’t been a set of Golden Arches in Iran since 1979. However, as diplomatic relations between Iran and Western nations have improved in the last few years, people have begun wondering whether the chain could make a comeback. Further complicating matters, Iran has created its own McDonald’s substitute, Mash Donald’s. You won’t believe what these familiar products are called in foreign countries.

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