The Ultimate Ugly Showcase of Current Government Websites

No Picture

Something a little different today: a showcase of government websites. The biggest difference between this showcase and others you see here at Noupe is obvious; the majority of the web ‘designs’ (if you can call them that) in this showcase are tremendously awful and poorly coded. And, well, let’s be honest here: butt ugly!

So, what is it all of these governments don’t quite understand? Someone is going to have to help me out here! Some of them say they are ‘Optimized for Internet Explorer 6 and Firefox 1.0’. Firefox 1.0?! How many years ago was that?

Having very out-dated websites representing an entire country can’t be a good thing – at all. They are difficult to use, the text is usually difficult to read, they have ridiculously slow loading speeds (depending on the country, of course), some of them are so bad they hurt your eyes.

To top the above points off, if you happen to be looking for one small piece of information (which you most probably are), it could take you hours on end of waiting, clicking, more waiting, napping, more clicking… until you’re finally presented with a ‘Server not found’ error message! If I was looking at moving to a country and I got a server not found message, I think I would be put right off on the spot!

Bangladesh, Costa Rica and Papua New Guinea are just a few of the culprits of the dreaded non-loading pages, Russia is one of the many (far too many!) design offenders that use horrific drop-shadows. Also, the body copy font size is usually way too small for comfortable reading (Belarus).

However there are a couple that stand out from the rest – how many of you can tell me which ones they are?

Asia

Afghanistan

Afghanistan

Afghanistans website manages to incorporate a workin RSS Feed but not much else. What’s with the lowered opacity image?!

Bangladesh

Bangladesh

Well, this site was loading for 10 minutes and, as you can see, didn’t get very far!

Cambodia

Cambodia

Cambodias government website has a great selection of Related Sites, but its 90s style color scheme and poorly coded structure makes it yet another terrible looking website.

China

China

China has half managed a decent website for their government, a suitable and easy to read color scheme, a nice bold heading and an RSS Feed!

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a better idea then a lot of other sites here.

India

India

India has incorporated some nifty Web 2.0 highlight effects in with their 90’s style layout. The spotlight section doesn’t quite hit the spot though!

Indonesia

Indonesia

Indonesias government website looks a little like several different images merged together to create a banner style header with almost impossible to read text.

Iran

Iran

Iran makes great use of an iFrame style text box to display the ‘Last News’ in a scrollbox even though they have plenty of space left directly beneath it.

Iraq

Iraq

Iraq uses some terrible gradients and drop shadows on their aligned header type. For some unknown reason, the links on the right aren’t doing what they’re told either – but on second thought I highly doubt they were told in the first place.

Israel

Israel

Israels government has done their website pretty well compared to others, don’t quite understand what the two dots off the ‘v’ in their logo are for though!

Japan

Japan

Japan has a very calm, simple and informative design.

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has a better knowledge of color schemes and has come up with a half decent advertisment in the bottom left. Something still isn’t quite right though… and the calendar obviously serves a great purpose for those who were about to ask!

Korea

Korea

Korea has managed to pick up some great internet talk when creating their government website and decided to call it an e-Goverment… that explains it all.

Malaysia

Malaysia

Malaysia has incorporated the option to change text size and color with their website. The designers should sort out the spacing between the thumnbail images and bullet points.

Maldives

Maldives

The Maldive’s government website seems to have the content randomly placed on the page. And off the record: guys, letter-spacing isn’t just used for fun!

Pakistan

Pakistan

Pakistans ‘official web gateway to the Government’ uses lots of Photoshop feathering, gradients and drop shadows with some groovy dotted tables!

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

You can’t get much worse than Saudi Arabia’s government website, it’s overcrowded and uses bevel and emboss; a user’s nightmare!

Singapore

Singapore

Singapore hasn’t done too badly with their government website, they’ve incorporated a pretty stylish photo of the city center in both daylight and nightlight; we are not too sure about the blending it into the rest of the page via feathering, though.

Thailand

Thailand

Thailand’s government website can’t get much simpler, it has various gradients and feather objects with outer glows to produce an attractive design – someone, please remove these terrible HTML borders!

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

A very clean and well-commented (see the source code) design from Uzbekistan. The site uses many icons and a very light color scheme that makes it easy to read the text. However, on some pages there are certainly too much whitespace. Nice surprise: that’s certainly not what we expected from Uzbekistan.

Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam has combined various warm colors to make a slightly over-the-top color scheme to use on their government website. The alignments are all wrong and you can see the table borders… should they even be using tables?!

Europe

Austria

Austria

Austria, compared to other websites, is on the right track. There are no visible HTML tables and the navigation menu down the left side of the page is half decent.

Belgium

Belgium

Well done, Belgium! I actually quite like this government website – they’ve combined a sleek color scheme with plenty of important information and stylish icons.

Belarus

Belarus

Hey, Belgium had a good government website, you can’t really expect much more, can you? We’re back to normal with Belarus’ website; table layout, small body copy size, not enough white space and a bit messed up site. However, the page does contain an RSS feed.

Bulgaria

Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s government website’s source code is full of the legendary HTML table tags, and what for? Empty tables! Excellent!

Croatia

Croatia

I admit, Croatia’s website doesn’t look great, but it looks a damn lot better than other government websites in this showcase. They’ve managed to include some headers, search options and a half decent menu!

Cyprus

Cyprus

Cyprus’ government website makes it feel like Autumn all year round; of course it’s not true, so I’m not quite sure what the leaves are there for!

Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Czech Republic are in a similar position as Croatia, their site is much better but not quite nice. If they improved some horrible type and updated a few things to make it a little more modern, it wouldn’t be half bad. Nothing compared to what we’re used to, though!

Denmark

Denmark

Denmark, I’m impressed! They’ve managed a pretty good looking color scheme, a nice navigation menu and have even chucked in some nice photography in there to show off their country!

Finland

Finland

I hate to say it Finland, but to me, the website doesn’t look finished. There are gaps between menu items, and unfinished edges on areas that display the main content.

France

France

France’s site honestly did damage my eyes. Purple and red might work well in some very rare cases, but it really doesn’t here. A uneven menu on a government website? Hmm… Looks like someone hacked at this design with a very sharp machete.

Germany

Germany

Germany has a solid, clean and sharp design with probably way too many navigation options. I have to admit I don’t really know where to start. There seem to be some random blocks that don’t align well with each other.

Greece

Greece

Greek ‘e-Government’ website uses some really strange shapes and some very, very out of focus stock photos. The seperators used in the navigation menu seem to be random lengths, or is that just me? The site looks a bit more like an online-shop than a government website.

Hungary

Hungary

Hungary’s government website isn’t something I’d usually like, but compared to some others on this list it’s actually been put together reasonably well. They’ve even managed to incorporate seamless patterns – now that’s the spirit!

Iceland

Iceland

Iceland, Iceland, Iceland. Oh why have you given us the option to make your website worse via a user styles link? Hey, nice drop shadow on the Information advertisement!

Ireland

Ireland

Ireland can’t get much simpler with their government website, they seem to have thrown a couple of images, some tables and some text together to form a very outdated website.

Italy

Italy

Italy, with so many others in this showcase, also has a very outdated website. They do however have an RSS feed, although being reminded old HTML pages like that still exist day in day out would make me feel quite depressed!

Latvia

Latvia

Sure, Latvia doesn’t have a great looking site, but it does a much, much better job than some other sites in this showcase. They even have a map in their sidebar!

Lithuania

Lithuania

Lithuania’s government website uses horrible colors; a combination of red, green, brown, yellow and blue – and none of them are particulary nice shades!

Luxembourg

Luxembourg

Luxembourg’s website feels a little incomplete and like the web developer ran out of time to work on the project. The buttons in the right sidebar (that aren’t actually buttons – all they do is display a URL and telephone number!) are on a white background – why did they not just use a transparent PNG?

Netherlands

Netherlands

Netherlands have done a better job than most on this list. They’ve gone with a simple layout with quite a nice sleek style – I think this style works really well as a government website. Nice, clean and simple!

Norway

Norway

Again, Norway’s website isn’t great, but it looks clean and modern.

Poland

Poland

Well I have to say, out of all the countries in this showcase, Poland was one of the ones I was expecting to have a poor website, but instead they have one of the best on this list! They use some lovely cloud images, a great creative logo that fits in well with the web design (or the other way around!), lots of nice colors, some great photography and overall a clean and modern design. This one could quite easily make it into a beautiful showcase!

Portugal

Portugal

Portugal hasn’t done too badly either! Their website is aligned well, has a nice color scheme and they even use Twitter which they managed to incorporate into their design! However, things do seem a bit cramped – maybe they need a little more white space!

Romania

Romania

All the better sites on this list are coming at once! Romania have managed to incorporate RSS icons into their web design; however the upper half of the design does feel a little overloaded with blue!

Russia

Russia

I hope the design of Russia’s government website doesn’t have a degree in anything to do with design or art, or any kind of qualification for that matter. This is just a nightmare; bevel & emboss, ugly drop shadows and awful glows. Something tells me that the site was designed back in 90s. Eurggh!

Slovakia

Slovakia

Slovakia’s website is nice and very simple – they’ve managed to lay it out pretty well and have used a matching color scheme. Not bad, not bad at all!

Spain

Spain

Oh dear! Spain uses some huge drop shadow effects on their graphics, but the overall look and feel is not that bad. The line height could be increased and the design could use some padding.

Sweden

Sweden

Swerden has done a nice job on their government’s website. They used an attention grabbing color scheme which actually draws your eyes to different areas (such as the red, blue and green). The only thing I’m not too sure about is the dark red/brown to red gradient used as a header background at the top of the left sidebar.

Switzerland

Switzerland

Switzerlands website is a bit overcrowded and the alignment seems to be incorrect. Overall the design appears to be simple and the navigation is more or less OK. The images on the left hand side seem to be underlined!

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

United Kingdom’s government website isn’t too bad – it’s aligned pretty well, has enough whitespace and is relatively easy to read. I’m not quite sure why they use an orange color scheme, though? Notice that this website doesn’t have a UK flag anywhere – that’s a bit odd for a government website.

Ukraine

Ukraine

It sure would be boring searching Ukraine’s government website for a vital piece of information! Everything seems to look the same and nothing really stands out from anything else on the page! Also, the small font size makes the page difficult to read.

Africa

Cameroon

Cameroon

Cameroon’s government website is over-crowded. It uses various different colors in a desperate attempt to grab your attention but simply doesn’t work.

Egypt

Egypt

Egypt’s government website could have been one of the nicer ones in this showcase, but it’s poorly coded and seems to have randomly placed images.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s government website uses several shades of blue which don’t quite go with their green, yellow and red flag despite the blue circle.

Kenya

Kenya

The biggest fault with Kenya’s government website is there poor use of justified text alignment. They also use a crazy color palette to catch your attention which again doesn’t work!

Madagascar

Madagascar

Madagascar’s government website could have possibly been influential in 1999 with its hover image buttons and patterned background.

South Africa

South Africa

Possibly one of the worst on this list; there seems to be random blocks of color aswell as really ugly tables. Please do remember that this website is best viewed using a 800×600 resolution in IE4!

Tunisia

Tunisia

Tunisia uses a terrible color scheme of light cyan and mid-blue mixed with a little brown and red. Hey, at least they have an RSS Feed!

Uganda

Uganda

Uganda’s government website is one of the best so far; although I’m not quite sure why they’ve used that horrible pastel yellow and white gradient under the interact heading.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

You’ll see from the screenshot that Zimbabwe’s government website doesn’t look like it’s finished loading, that’s because after 5 long, long minutes, I had enough and decided to screenshot anyway!

North America

Canada

Canada

Canada is yet another culprit of the outdated glow and feathered banners. That’s a pretty random color scheme they’re using on their left sidebar, too!

Mexico

Mexico

Woah, now this is a pretty bad design. Everything seems to be everywhere and it’s all right in your face, I don’t know what to look at! They have managed to keep up to date a little though and have a Facebook and Twitter page!

United States

United States

After looking at USA’s Drupal powered Whitehouse website, their actual government website is a huge letdown, it uses dated HTML and awful header graphics.

Central America

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Well, having a Server not found message come up when visiting a governments website would certainly make me change my plans (if I had any) to move there!

Guatemala

Guatemala

Guatemala’s government website is highly focused on the leader of the Guatemala’s government, having many photos of him throughout the page. The site seems to have way too many design elements that are all fighting for attention making the site difficult to scan.

Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s government website decided to stick to a blog layout to display its news and updates. That’s an unusual choice. Can you find the search box on the page?

Bahamas

Bahamas

Bahamas’ goverment website with a striking color scheme, a news ticker and a bit weird <more>-links. The page has a copyright statement with the year 2005 in the footer.

Barbados

Barbados

Barbados’ government website is a typical 90’s HTML website – random colors, drop shadowed/gradient headers and some real ugly graphics!

Cuba

Cuba

Cuba tried to do ‘something special’ with their government website by including a background image – it’s a shame they did it completely wrong and left far too much white space!

Dominican Republic

Domincan Republic

(Updated)Well, that’s a real surprise: the government website of the Dominican Republic is clean and nice and uses a layout which is common for newspapers and online magazines. However, the page seems to have way too many design elements at once – a bit of padding would be very helpful here.

Jamaica

Jamaica

Jamaica’s government website isn’t too bad – some things are a little big in my opinion, such as the header gradients and the type used under the ‘news’ section, but other than that it’s not bad at all!

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

The header used in Puerto Rico’s website design is quite nice; a cute photograph of a parrot and a case where a drop shadow on the header actually works reasonably well. Any lower on the page though and things become a little dated with terrifying borders and horrible color schemes.

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia’s website reminds me of the first website I made when I was about 7 years old using Yahoo! Geocities. Now that’s what I call old-fashioned!

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago’s site isn’t too bad – it’s a little old fashioned but they have managed to draw my attention to different sections of the design by using a reasonable color scheme – unlike most others!

South America

Argentina

Argentina

Argentina played it safe when designing their website. They’ve used a simple color scheme and an easy to read layout.

Bolivia

Bolivia

Bolivia’s government website is a complete mess to put it nicely! The header is awful, and everything graphic makes me cringe!

Brazil

Brazil

Brazilian website kind of reminds me of a dated online shop with it’s multiple navigation menus and drop down lists – or is that just me?

Chile

Chile

Now this one made me laugh the most. Chile is kind enough to put a message at the bottom of their website ‘design’ stating that it has been Optimized for IE6 & Firefox 1.0 – yay!

Peru

Peru

Peru’s website is a tiddy bit dated but it’s better than a few in this pretty terrible showcase! I think they need to rework the structure of the main content area.

Uruguay

Uruguay

I can’t bare to look at Uruguay’s government website, just look at them terrible black and white gradients used down the left side of the design – ahhh!

Venezuela

Venezuela

Venezuela, for a country a lot of people haven’t heard much about, did a pretty good job with their design. Everything has ben laid out quite nicely but they need to improve that terrible text layout in their main content area!

Oceania

Australia

Australia

Australia has done a great job with their government website; it’s simple, stylish and isn’t over the top. In other words, it does what it’s suppose to do well, and that’s a good thing!

Fiji

Fiji

I’m not quite sure what happened to Fiji’s ‘online portal’ but the alignment of the main content seems to be a little (or a lot) out of place!

New Zealand

New Zealand

New Zealand, like Australia, has done a great job. They use a simple and sleek design that serves easy to find and read content – just what the user needs!

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

When visiting Papua New Guinea’s website I didn’t even get a ‘Server not found’ error message – instead I got a broken URL/image error message, that’s nice of them!

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands, as can be seen from the screenshot, is a Drupal powered website. It looks like it could have been a promising website, if only the rest of it was actually there! Maybe they forgot to finish it?

Take a look at some of these beautiful showcases!

12 Tips for Creating a Great Portfolio Site
Twelve tips for creating a great portfolio site, no matter what you particular artist field is!

20 Vital Techniques & Best Practices for Effective Web Design
Creating beautiful and unique websites is getting harder everyday – this post offers 20 excellent techniques you can incorporate in to your own designs.

Showcase of Beautiful Textured Web Designs
Grunge design has become more popular and has been put to greater use in recent years. This post showcases a huge collection of some of the best web designs that use texture.

50 Beautiful and Creative Blog Designs
This post showcases 50 fresh, beautiful, inventive and, hopefully, inspiring blog designs.

Designing “Coming Soon” Pages
A perfect post showcasing some great “coming soon” pages, as well as a great explanation to why you’ll benefit from it!

About the author

Callum Chapman is a freelance graphic designer. He is the creative blogger behind Circlebox Blog, a design related blog offering articles, inspiration, tutorials and free, high-resolution textures. Drop him a line at Twitter!

Callum Chapman

Callum Chapman is a self-employed blogger and graphic/web designer. He has recently launched a blog dedicated to visual inspiration for designers, photographers and artists called The Inspiration Blog.

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Katherine Gaskin
Guest

How is the United Nations’ site not on here?

http://www.un.org/en/

Susheel Chandradhas
Guest

Katherine,

The United Nations is not a country, and therefore does not have a government.

Yogi - CSSMadness.com
Guest

I’m ashame, my country is on the list :(

firewalker06
Guest

Me, too.

Senasib kita. :P

takien
Guest

But I am sure that our government’s website is the most expensive website ever…

You know that our government usually spend money up to 2M IDR or about 200.000 U.S. dollars to build such ugly website..

Herwindo
Guest

well…at least indonesia have a website right :)
by the way compare the indonenesia website with this one : http://bantenprov.go.id with little budget but they have build nice website…. :) cheers…

jeprie
Guest

Yeah, our government is just stupid enough with their site.

Giles Van Gruisen
Guest

Ugh! These are atrocious! Great collection, though. I’ve never seen a government website that actually looks good other than those built for the Obama campaign and presidency (BarackObama.com/ WhiteHouse.gov)

Marc
Guest

Some of those are horrible, thank goodness my country Trinidad represented with with something decent, lol

I like Australia’s best though, it seems inviting and organized into a handful of sections.

Yasiph
Guest

TheMaldives.com is not a government website buddy… What made you think it was the governments? lol

Ali
Guest

i dunno what this guy is talking about? themaldives.com? i dun see any themaldives.com… but i sure can see the official government website of Ministry of Tourism, Information and Arts which come first when searched “Maldives Government Website” Good Job… :D.. pretty dissapointed to see an awful website representing Maldives.. They spend loads for developers and all they get is this..

Brandon D Hunt
Guest

Wow, great post. It was almost like going to Epcot! I was surprised how many government’s websites weren’t awful. Pretty disappointed in my own country’s though (USA) especially when looking at some of the others. Thanks for sharing.

Paul
Guest

Cuba – It’s for 640×480 only. ;D
Poland has the best desing ;>

Anabel
Guest

Click on sitemap for Poland > why a pass ???…

gordon
Guest

true, but in polish lang is ok

James Baugh
Guest

Your reference to the White House Drupal website is wrong. You are referring to USA.gov instead of whitehouse.gov (http://www.whitehouse.gov/). Whitehouse.gov is the site that is powered by Drupal (see MSNBC press report http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/33463174/ns/technology_and_science-internet/).

GavChap
Guest

The UK flag isn’t included on the UK government website as it has connotations of racism since it was adopted by nationalist parties. That’s why you won’t find it on there.

Katy
Guest

Not only that, the Welsh, Northern Irish and Scottish would get annoyed!

Also, I think it’s orange as each department has they’re own colour scheme and they must have run out of choices when they got to this one.

legio_noctis
Guest

I think, however, it’s also because direct.gov is not actually the country’s website. In fact, having googled it, I don’t think we have one. There are parliament.uk and number10.gov.uk which are still not quite it.

Directgov is more of a public information/services directory.

Tory
Guest

Haha, this list is funny and sad at the same time. Thank you for sacrificing your eyes to write this post.

PrintRadar
Guest

Wow there is a lot of work for designers.. Just call governments and offer services :) The compensation should also be good taking that it will all be on high academic level..

nobody
Guest

The public and private sectors have very different pay scales. That could be a contributing factor to the poor designs of some of these sites.

Ejaz
Guest

Yes, you are right. Most of the Governments have created e-government directorates with millions of dollars. They have monthly spendings way more than private organizations.

But why they could not create good websites?
Because they have Army of incompetent people

Vicso
Guest

Right!…
have someone there the experience of working for a government site design project?… well I’ll tell you down in Mexico you won’t possibly know who leads the project as too many guys in suits will have an oppinion that will affect the final result. Out of this come Frankenstein-like government sites. :-(

andrew
Guest
I work for a gov’t regulated company and our web site is less than stellar due to all the content the gov’t agencies require us to put on it. In addition, we don’t have a lot of money, nor resources due to the organizational structure. I also doubt most of the web sites on this page have “millions of dollars” to spend on their site. I suspect all of these restraints are found in nearly all gov’t web sites as well. So please, unless you have experience designing for sites like Belarus’ please don’t blame incompetent staff for sites that… Read more »
Sofiux
Guest

Hey, what about Central America?! No Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala., Belize, Panama? And Costa Rica in north america? go wonder :)

Anirniq
Guest

Hi.
It might be a little better, the french government’s website is actually there :
http://www.gouvernement.fr
Great roundup, very fun!
Bye!

Mike
Guest
The level of arrogance that goes into criticizing a third-world country’s website is astonishing. Criticizing USA.gov or the France website is one thing, but Cameroon, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and so on, is unwarranted. Hundreds of thousands of people are starving and murdering each other in Cameroon, I don’t think that adopting W3C web standards should be a high priority for it’s government, when they do not have any standards of basic human rights. The over-used, “I don’t know why they use _this color scheme_” is redundant and misinformed: Uganda uses the ugly yellow color scheme because it’s on… Read more »
Callum Chapman
Guest

No where in the post was I criticizing the country or the government – just their website. Web plays a huge part in the modern world – if they had a good website, maybe more people would visit and the country, overall, could become a better place to be. I don’t agree with their color schemes having to be the same as their flags. There are several sites there that don’t use the same color scheme, UK being the biggest culprit.

Seriously though, us designers and developers could really help promote these countries through websites, it’s the first step to success!

RobIII
Guest

“it’s the first step to success!”
Honestly, don’t you think you’re exxagerating a little? People will just as well visit countries even if their websites suck or are down.

Dylan Parry
Guest

That’s just the point—some of the countries whose sites you criticised aren’t really in the “modern world”. They are too busy embroiled in civil war to give a rat’s arse about having a decent website. It’s pretty bloody arrogant to sit on your high horse and say that they should have better sites when there are much more important things to do.

Ejaz
Guest

You are right, the governments have lot of other things to do.

But what do you think, Where the allocated budgets for e-government should go?

What these people (in many cases a huge department) should do who are hired and paid to maintain these websites?

Clearly, it is the case of incompetency.
(I am not talking about any country but websites and people who are managing it)

Mike
Guest
The naivete that their country’s homepage is more important than, say, not intentionally starving and murdering their populace, is beyond hope. Their websites are not their first steps to success and while I am sure we’d all like to see Uganda or Ethiopa have elegantly designed websites with modern purposes and coding structure, there are greater concerns for resources… like, say, electricity, basic schools, and the standards for human life. Their color schemes should not necessarily mimic their flags, but if you’ve done web design for a major corporation or an entity that has an established brand design then you’ve… Read more »
Anabel
Guest

“there are greater concerns for resources… like, say, electricity, basic schools, and the standards for human life.” > and buying arms & bombs…

Angry African
Guest

Cameroon? People murdering each other?Like they dont in new york or london? I think your ignorance of africa is more annoying than the honest comments of the websites by this author. Plus other priorities are no excuse for a badly designed site especially if its paid for….

RobIII
Guest

Totally agree. Cultural differences seem to be an uknown concept to the author.

Kevin
Guest

I’m with Mike; this is probably one of most poorly-thought-out posts I’ve seen in quite some time. Rather than identify how information is in many cases (badly) presented to its target audience – which would be a valid argument – you instead make mocking comments about justified text and letter spacing? Not to mention your own lack of spell check “thumnbail”… this could have been a valuable critique, but it instead seems like a juvenile exercise.

nobody
Guest

Good call man. You hit the nail on the head. I also doubt those countries would pay very well for web design work like some moron up above said. I mean seriously some of these countries have no infrastructure for the technology that we have piped into each of our homes in the states or they do in the UK.

WAKE UP!

Callum Chapman
Guest

I would love to go to one of these countries, meet the communities and help them out – but I’ll be honest with you, I wouldn’t even know how to get permission to go there for a year! All I was saying here is that having a good website (at least one with presentable information) would, I personally think, help out and attract more people to come to visit the countries and help the communities.

Please remember though the post is aimed at the websites and, although they are government websites, the country itself doesn’t come into it!

Moz
Guest

Well said Mike. If only the commentary was more informed, this could have been a more interesting post.

Also, the design value of govt sites (if we momentarily separate the site from its context) needs to be viewed very strictly through the lens of usability and accessibility, at both front and back ends. Sites have to load in old browsers, on small screens, on very slow connections, if they can claim to reach the whole population (the least advantaged of whom arguably need govt services most).

collins areba
Guest

well, there is a big difference in government websites and websites done by private companies. in the kenyan context, compare the given site and magicalkenya.com , same counrty, same objectives but look at what corruption does.

gerald
Guest

The Kenyan govt has redone/redoing its portal. check http://www.information.go.ke

Callum Chapman
Guest
@Yogi: What’s your country and the governments URL? Maybe we can add it to the list? @Giles: I agree! WhiteHouse.gov is a gorgeous website – I don’t quite understand why they didn’t put in so much effort with the government website, though! @Mark: One of my favourites is Australia too – I like Polands design but I’m not too sure it works as a government website! @Yasiph: You’re right – I’m not sure why I thought that was it! Your mind thinks some funny things when you’ve looking at so many awful websites all on the same screen ;) @Paul:… Read more »
Dylan Parry
Guest

You serious? You live in the UK and you haven’t noticed that the BNP has hijacked the Union flag as a symbol of propaganda?

Callum Chapman
Guest

I don’t really pay attention to anything to do with the English government – all they do here is find more ways to steal our money!

Sam Gruber
Guest
The reason that the White House website is better designed is because in the United States, the President is essentially understood as the government. Most Americans will head for whitehouse.gov first if they are aiming for the national government. Then perhaps they will find their way to USA.gov (which is unhelpfully linked to only in the second footer). That or they will be heading to a specific site within the .gov domain with a specific purpose in mind. Either way, your post was at best off-mark and at worst thunderingly offensive to readers. The first consideration in a government website… Read more »
Merrick
Guest

I think you’ll find the lowered opacity on the Afghanistan website is probably caused by the fog of war….

Excellent list!!

Andrew
Guest

You obviously have a little influence… the Dominican Republic website is up and running.

Laurent
Guest

This kind of list is supid and I do agree with Mike.

The french site is not the government portal.
You can find it here: http://www.gouvernement.fr/

crigago
Guest

I now that my Chilean Government Website in english is a little older… (ie6 optimized HAhahahahahaha!)

The spanish Government Websites is a little better
http://www.gobiernodechile.cl/ (Haha minus)

But this is the important of the design and communicates politics in my country.

Congrats for the work and investigation, great article.

shebeko
Guest

Russia design best =)

vruz
Guest

correction:

yes Uruguay’s official website is fuck ugly

although the one depicted is really not *the official* website of the country, but that of the office of the president of Uruguay. (i.e. Uruguay’s white house, kind of…)

the official website of the country is at: http://www.uruguay.gub.uy which looks less dated, and more functional, although not particularly pretty.

if it’s any consolation, most countries’ suck too, anyway…

Lee Billington
Guest

You were surprised Denmark had a good design? Really?

Anders Therkildsen
Guest

We will take that as a compliment! :)

Great article, very amusing stuff, some of these designs.. My gosh, they are bad!

Dylan Parry
Guest

In the case of the UK site, I imagine the colour orange was picked due to just about every other colour being linked to one of the main political parties, ie. Labour=Red, Tory=Blue, Liberal=Yellow, Green=Green, UKIP=Purple… starting to run out of viable colour choices by that point really :)

Frank
Guest

A big hip, hip hurrah for St. Lucia. Great, great site. A candidate for my web site bronzing service http://is.gd/4Uldj. There are a couple of good ones though. Denmark, Greenland, and a few others.
Great article. Well done.

Tim
Guest

Anyone else recognizing the Chinese website as a blatant rip-off of the old CNN design? It’s quite obvious in my eyes.

My favorite goes to the website of Greenland, really appreciate the clean and modern layout and the nice colors. Sweden and Australia are not that bad either. In general it seems that many smaller countries are far more affine to design and open for new ideas than countries like USA, France or Germany, which have very old-fashioned and conservative websites.

Antonin
Guest

I find difficult to see conservatism and old fashion in the French website featured.

Daywalker
Guest

Nicely done… but you really need to get a map (you want to try something call Google maybe).. Bahamas, Cuba and Dominica, Bahamas, Barbados etc. those area ISLANDS from the Caribe, no way you can call Cuba part of South America !

Also Costa Rica is part of Central America..not North America,… the only countries of the North are Mexico, Canada and USA.

Callum Chapman
Guest

I’m no Geography expert – we just got a list of continents and countries from, as you suggested, Google. :)

Matt Ward
Guest

Interesting list Callum! I’m always apprehensive of doing roundups of bad work, but this is an interesting approach. After all, who doesn’t bash their governments from time to time.

As for my country… embarrassing. Maybe the Canadian government should get ME to redesign their site. haha!

Callum Chapman
Guest

If I was asked to redesign a government website I’d expect nothing but a link back to me. I’d love to be able to say I designed a countries web presence – it’s pretty cool! That’s what I meant earlier about the third world countries, they would benefit from a decent site with good resources and information – they must know that a tiny little bit otherwise they wouldn’t have got a website in the first place!

Canadian
Guest

I am a developer with a Canadian government and the freedom of design is just not there, everything is pushed down from the government hierarchy that has minimal or no web development experience. They are feed information from old school programmers, just waiting to retire.

ty
Guest

USA.gov is a let down but the website for the white house is a great deal better.

EvilMammoth
Guest
I’m kind of with Mike on this one actually as I was feeling the same way while reading. This is very good review of what does and doesn’t work not only on a government website but on any site. However, it is unfair to judge the websites of third-world countries and even poke fun at them when you get the ‘Server Not Found’ error. First of all, it’s insensitive, and secondly, it’s just an uneven playing field. Internet access in some of these countries isn’t even that common let alone ubiquitous. It makes sense that they’ve not yet invested a… Read more »
Callum Chapman
Guest
I agree with you – but in no way was anything said pointing towards the country, their communities or their other problems in any way. To answer why would they, I honestly do think have a useful website with information about the country and government would help and would make millions of people worldwide realise how much help they need. There are still kind people in the world, they just need reminding a little that people do need help. As I said earlier, I would love to go out to another country to help look after and teach kids who… Read more »
Belinda
Guest

I agree with Mike and EvilMammoth too.

Callum, if you want to go and teach kids who don’t have the privilege of education (and you said in a post earlier that you couldn’t work out how to do it) just check out a website like http://www.volunteerabroad.com – there are tonnes of ways to do it, and the organizations that you go through organize your visa, your accommodation, etc.

Be part of the solution ;-)

Matt
Guest
Interesting post. I’m from the U.S and can say that this trickles all the way down to city websites. I would agree that spending a little time on a good design can do nothing but help your country, city, state, or whatever, but I do also understand some of these countries probably have larger issues to worry about. The scope of a country’s website is pretty broad so its benefit is pretty difficult to ever measure. I think a nicely designed city or state website here in the U.S. can have a lot greater, more measurable impact with regard to… Read more »
Callum Chapman
Guest

I agree with your comment although I think, for the same benefits, that the countries with larger issues would too benefit from a nicer web presence.

Calaelen
Guest

“Germany has a solid, clean and sharp design with probably way too many navigation options. ”

it’s not a bug, it’s a feature! *laugh*

kevin
Guest

Interesting article but what the heck is Greenland doing in the Central America’s section ??

Nika
Guest

Hi, I’m from Lithuania and, yeah, the colors are rather ugly. :D
But what I’m surprised about is that there is no Estonia. Why?
I even looked it up to be sure it exists.

http://www.valitsus.ee/index.php

It looks quite nice.

Bruce
Guest

Greenland is in Central America? LOL.

Geler
Guest

Chile was realy funny so I wanted to see it. But on my screen its REALY REALY doesn’t look likes your screenshot, its FAR better. You should update it.

cssah
Guest

Interesting post, but the worst thing is using tables layouts.I love Denmark website but still using tables.

Aðalsteinn Kjartansson
Guest

http://www.island.is is the actual site the Icelandic Government uses.

esranull
Guest

bence tuhaf olmu?

Duncan Jimbo
Guest

One word. Hideous!

DudeFace
Guest

The real mess begins once you look at different government departments sites and all the various offshoots. You end up with sites like https://www.donotcall.gov/

dario-g
Guest

“Poland was one of the ones I was expecting to have a poor website”

Why???

Callum Chapman
Guest

Generally because I watched a documentary on TV late last year (or early this year) about hundreds of Polish people coming to UK because there wasn’t any work in Poland – I guess that just made me assume they wouldn’t put the effort into building a nice website!

criography
Guest
The immigration flood is a fact but that doesn’t mean there’re no talented designers and I’m actually pretty sure that there are hundreds (or, well… thousands) of them in each country – the problem is that the goverments don’t give a damn, or hire wrong people(; As a completely googled random examples: http://gebalatomasz.com/ [PL], http://www.valpnow.com/ [PL] and if you follow designer site listings like e.g. FWA you’ll get your proof almost every day(; As a side note – I was always impressed by Russian talents, but it seems to me that politics and common sense don’t work together too well… Read more »
amin
Guest

“Generally because I watched a documentary on TV late last year (or early this year) about hundreds of Polish people coming to UK because there wasn’t any work in Poland”
It’s a propaganda. In fact in Poland we don’t have a global crisis(pkbcomment image). Work it is but you must have good education(higher education, for example university of technology) or be a great technician.

Michael
Guest

I was thinking the same, why did you expect Poland’s website to be poor?

Callum Chapman
Guest

I answered already!

Agahmemnon
Guest

lol man, it was only propaganda for western Europeans, visit Poland!

titos2k
Guest

exactly -.-

Poland isn’t so bad…

DavidMoreen
Guest

Some of these website look just horrible.

Ulrik Hvide
Guest

Denmark definitely has the most interesting website…

Natalia Ventre
Guest

Getting the Government as a client is too hard, maybe that’s the reason for the low quality web sites or maybe they spend the budget elsewhere, because I’ve seen very good TV ads of several countries.

Jonathan
Guest

The Solomon Islands one is actually a free theme from TopNotchThemes, I’ve definitely used it before, haha.

Realistic1
Guest

Great Post. As for the snot-nosed whiners trying to make a political statement (like Mike), never mind them. I have been to 39 countries, many of which are third world, and I can testify that technology is prevalent and enjoyed. Plenty of young adults are interested, educating themselves, and enjoy Web coding.

Abdullah
Guest

Dude, this isn’t the saudi government’s website that you posted up there !! it is the ministry of foreign affairs

This is the correct website:
http://www.saudi.gov.sa/

please let me know what you think!

Sean
Guest
As a government web designer, I can tell you the exact problem that causes these websites to be ugly: the IT department makes them. Justifying hiring a designer, user interface expert, information architect, or any other position you can think of that usually needs to be involved to build a decent site is near impossible. There are two main reasons for this: 1. Lack of knowledge by those in charge. One of my bosses is the perfect example. For the longest time, he didn’t appreciate what I could do, because as long as he eventually got what he wanted, he… Read more »
Callum Chapman
Guest

Interesting post! I know the feeling of people not appreciating what you can do and thinking it is the simplest job in the world – it certainly isn’t!

I guess it working is better than nothing, but I’m sure a lot of people, especially those inexperienced, would be happy to give a website their best shot for next to nothing or even nothing – and then everybody would benefit from it?

v-render
Guest

so true !

Canadian
Guest

Agreed from another government developer.

jason
Guest

I like Vietnam. Government “web portal” that’s what I’m referring my site to as from now on.

North Cyprus
Guest

Got three passports and only one is listed here.
Hope to see North Cyprus and Turkeys web sites in the list.
Or are they good ?
No i don’t think so :)

Paris
Guest
Are you turkish or turkish cypriot? If you are Turkish Cypriot you would probably would have the same views as the ones below, otherwise your probably just turkish. Imagine that Greek Cypriot and turkish cypriots in Cyprus where living in harmony without the interference of Turkey or the Turks, Wouldn’t that be nice. I wish it could be like this. Turkey will always want of control Cyprus, thats why they interfere, thats why there are more turks in Cyprus than Turkish Cypriots . Cyprus Belongs to the Cypriots ( GreekCypriots and TurkishCypriots) not turkey and no one else. The Cypriots… Read more »
Hussian
Guest

Turkeys site could be here, but North Cyprus should not, it is not recognized by any government and should not be as it is an illegal puppet state ruled by the TURKS. this is the part of Cyprus that is divided and is still under Turkish occupation,

From their invasion of Cyprus, the turks have laid illegal claim to part of Cyprus and created an illegal government for the divided area. How can this be accepted ?

I wish the world knew more about the Cyprus problem and the Cypriot nation ( turkish Cypriots and greek Cypriots – one nation).

rafael armstrong
Guest
I think the long and short of all this is that for a lot of these sites (particularly those in Muslim countries), politics, culture, history and religion are most important during the development process, and a lot of the cultural idiosyncracies may be getting lost in translation. That being said, I wanted to point out site where culture and politics play a big role. As someone born and raised in Puerto Rico, I’m pretty sure that the specific species of parrot (in the header) is used because it’s considered the National bird (although personally I might have gone for the… Read more »
Callum Chapman
Guest

I see! I’m going to have to look up a Coqui now – I quite like frogs! And thank you for understanding this is purely an article based on a design POV :) Glad you liked the article!

rafael armstrong
Guest

You’re very welcome. :)

Ben
Guest

Go Australia!!! I was crossing my fingers while scrolling through that we’d come up with something palatable. Not bad at all.

It’s always a pleasant surprise when a government-run website actually looks half decent. Take for example the Australian Defence Force Jobs website: http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/

Webanddesigners
Guest

Government need some good designers.

Yustian Blog
Guest

Now I’m waiting for The Beautiful Showcase of Current Government Websites :)

Callum Chapman
Guest

I hate to say it but the beautiful ones were included in this list, too!

Twisterson
Guest

I don’t understand why u expect that in Poland u can find ugly design :(.

Callum Chapman
Guest

I just expected it to have a design that was no better than the majority of the others, that’s all. When I opened their page and realized it was actually pretty nice, and one of the nicest government websites in the world, I was pretty shocked! I was expecting a big country such as USA to have a website like that.

Jonathan Brenes
Guest

The page for Costa Rica’s government is not loading because last week, the site was hacked. they used to have a very common CMS with a tons of bugs.

Lucian
Guest

In this collection, not all of the websites are necessarily ugly. Some are really good looking and appropriate for a gov site.
Romania, country I am coming from, has a nice and clean design. Even the author gave a good feedback. But was good he didn’t navigate on other pages on navigation too see them without content. The site is like the country, beautiful on the outside..

Callum Chapman
Guest

I too agree – some of the websites on this list are perfect for government websites; Australia, I think, have done the best job. The design Romania have used is great – but I admit I didn’t take a look through their website – I don’t think I’m going to either in case I have to change the description ;)

Victor
Guest

I don’t know about the other government websites but it is rather depressing that our website is not up to date. It’s been a while since Emil Boc was kicked off his “leader chair” though.

Eneza
Guest

This is not to mock my country’s pride! but to be aware that they need to calibrate on the appearance they project in the web. Although its not that important because there are many important things to do but the politicians running for 2010 elections has some “decent” websites why not our government portal.

Callum Chapman
Guest

They’re running a country (at least most of them are trying to), they thought about and released a website, but I do think they should spend more time on our government websites – everybody would benefit!

Haitham
Guest
I am a web designer and I have worked on Government websites. Let me tell you how hard it is to get the job done! Everyone has his opinion and you learn pretty quickly that “my opinion” means “website issue: Colour still not changed to my choice” which means you won’t get approval, which in turn means you won’t get paid. I worked on moi.gov.sa, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Interior website (probably more representative than the Ministry of Foreign Affairs). The design was changed so many times, I was not able to code the site in the beginning, CSS… Read more »
Callum Chapman
Guest

Interesting! I can understand, in that case, why it is so difficult to design for a government.

Maybe I should look into writing an article titled ‘How to Deal with Graphic and Web Designers’ or similar. They are a lot of people who don’t know where to start when it comes to design – maybe a resource everybody can link to would come in great use!

Haitham
Guest

That would be a good idea. I don’t thing it would work for Government clients, but it would be useful for difficult private-sector clients.

Michael L.
Guest

This was really entertaining. Thanks!

Antonin
Guest
FYI, if you were looking specifically at government website (looking at usa.gov instead of whitehouse.gov for example), then your choice for France should have been http://www.gouvernement.fr. The website you took for your presentation in the one of the Foreign Affairs Ministry. On your overall presentation, I think we were focused here on web design so the political situation of the country shouldn’t be involved. Be it is quite understandable that countries at war may be less focus on these “details”. If we also consider that many people in Africa may still have computer in 800*600, it is normal that the… Read more »
mohamad ariau
Guest

in fact, Indonesia have a lot of good web designer. *shamed*

kevinsturf
Guest

o dear god!! it burns my eyes to look at these. these countries are supposed to be setting an example for future generations and show how advanced the world is and not to stick in the past with old outdated sites like these. gosh!!! :p

Gaurav Chandra
Guest
Many of these countries in Africa and Asia are developing nations. So, instead of focusing and spending money on websites they are focusing on other parts. The users also don’t have access to computers like Afghanistan. So, but naturally they will be outdated and bad. I am from India and the current version you showed is much better than the last one. Though it is cluttered it solves the purpose of the user looking for info. And spare Afghanistan. This country has better things to do than a website design when the citizens themselves don’t have access to computers or… Read more »
Callum Chapman
Guest

But, on the other hand, they have a web presence that probably dates back years (on a design point of view, that is) – the internet is only getting more and more popular so you would have thought they’d at least assign one person to it?

Suhela
Guest

Fun to read article… couldn’t stop laughing…
Waiting for another amazing article.

Callum Chapman
Guest

I’m glad you saw the funny side of things! That’s what this post was all about :)

Craig
Guest

You didn’t put the website of the Philippine Government there – ugly as all hell. Most of the official websites in the Philippines seem to have been designed with Microsoft crap-page 95.

Rex Sacayan
Guest

Not most of the official websites in the Philippines have been designed with Microsoft frontpage 95. For now most of them use Joomla and other open-source CMS.

But some government websites in Philippines are good. It just depends upon the “Development team” they have. Having the right persons (IT people) could have a right (very good) results.

Zhu
Guest
Awesome and very original post! You’d think governments would have the budget and the idea to have nice-looking user-oriented websites, but as you showed very well, it’s not quite that simple. France’s website must have changed, trust me, the old one was even worse. It didn’t load with FF and had numerous broken links. On the other hand, I guess you could say it mirrors French administration :lol: I’m not familiar with the Canadian government website you chose. I often use the portal of various ministries and I find them quite practical and okay looking overall. Not amazing pieces of… Read more »
Callum Chapman
Guest

I was surprised with Indias website, too, as I thought the exact same thing! Every other developer I work with these days comes from India – they’d have plenty of options to choose a great designer and developer – strange!

Yann
Guest

The problem is that many of these countries spend much more money for these crappy websites than rich countries…

Haitham
Guest

Don’t forget the issue of corruption – a good budget may get assigned to the project but the middle man looks for the cheapest designer so he can pocket the difference.

Nonacion
Guest

Standard-money-generation-method in globalized capitalism. Just think of bananas.

Aleksey
Guest

For the russian website, if you actually click through to the kremlin, or the gen proc and so on, you actually get some very nicely designed websites. It’s just the entry page.

eg: http://www.kremlin.ru/
and: http://www.genproc.gov.ru/

otherwise great article!

Oli Gibson
Guest

At the end of the day though most of these countries on the list probably have more important issues to deal with than the state of their website.

Alex McCabe
Guest

I have the pleasure of using the UK’s government site on a regular basis. It is impossible to navigate. It’s much easier to let Google do the work. There is far too much info on the site…basically no countries are good at this really…

NinjaCrunch
Guest

Nice post.

There should be a post for The Ultimate Showcase of the Most Beautiful Government Websites. Or there’s one already here?

cheers :D

Serkan Y.
Guest
I don’t understand why the people keep saying that the countries got much more important stuff to worry about, or that they don’t have the budget to make a good design. We’re talking about governments which annually pays billions of dollars to armament or stuff like that. I haven’t heard of a government which worked with a professional agency. Instead of that they generally assign their IT stuff, which are over 40 years old and have programmed basic 20 years ago, to develop the website. In the not much developed countries it is worse because of corruption. The government officials… Read more »
Callum Chapman
Guest

Well said!

Yann
Guest

Yep… $50.000-$200.000? In Indonesia these Joomla sites designed in 2 nights cost between 500.000 – and 10.000.000 $. 99% in the pocket of the officials and their pseudo IT experts. Sometime the “IT company” behind the Website put their own Google ads on the site and hijack the traffic…

Look at this one : http://www.my-indonesia.info/
Cost? More than US$ 2.000.000… I personally would have done a better job for only 2000… and it is not even in the first page when your search for “travel Indonesia” or “tourism Indonesia” (well, it’s better like that).

Amazing how most government websites reflect their country.

anon
Guest

i now for sure that some I worked on cost the government over $15,000,000

anon
Guest

i know for sure that some I worked on cost the government over $15,000,000

mupet
Guest

:)) my country on the list, yup in indonesia cost for develope goverment website is very expensive, but programmer only get <10% on their pocket, so sad…..

Toothbrush
Guest

I’m French. May I suggest another fantastically ugly government website from my lovely country? Here is the brand new website of one of our most well-know politician, Segolène Royal (who ran for president): http://www.desirsdavenir.org/

Please keep in mind this is actually an update version from the first design, which you can still see here:comment image

This is SO bad it caused a national outcry in France and French geeks all over the country made about a zillion different spoof parodies…

It’s worth mentioning this website was designed by the politician’s lover, and came with a bill of 40,000 euros.

France is laughable!! :D

Andrius
Guest

Well Lithuania’s Goverment site is now different that one is old http://www.lrv.lt

Callum Chapman
Guest

Looks much better!

Emil Lukov
Guest

This article is a great proof that no one should allow 18 years old kids to blog on serious websites.

Callum Chapman
Guest

Since when were 18 year olds classed as “kids”? I don’t know too many kids that are engaged and self-employed! ;)

opl
Guest

Cambodia > Slow news ! The second news is about a meeting with Jacques Chirac (former french president) in Sep 05!

I guess the retirement of the King Norodom Sihanouk in ’04 more or less halted any effort on cambodian websites or that they’ve far more important things to do like keeping political stability in their country.

Bobby
Guest
I think this post went a little off topic there for a while. Why are people looking at these websites based on the economic state of the country? Lets take all that away all look at these websites as “websites”. On a level playing field, regardless of the wealth or where else they can use thier money. When we do that, this post becomes much more relevant. The internet, as it stands today has broken down the barriers of learning. We can’t say that devlopers in cambodia are less likley to know how to code than those in developing countries.… Read more »
Hrvoje
Guest
Hi to everyone. I am from the agency who designed Croatian Government web (www.vlada.hr). First, why does this list not start with an example of good looking government portal, so we can compare author preferences with comments he made about websites on this showcase. Second, this list is completly wrong because its mixes governement office webs, government service webs (like directgov) and even services webs for first-time visitors (linke denmark.dk). You can not apply same concept designing three completly different targets…Because of this, you can not apply the same criteria. Example, service webs like direct.gov are mostly catalogs of links….… Read more »
Joe
Guest

Congratulations on a nice and cleanly designed site. I really can’t understand how anyone can say this site “doesn’t look great” – both this and the Czech site stand out as clean and attractive websites.

stope
Guest

Well, I must admit that I’m glad that the Czech site (it’s my country) isn’t one of the worst, but it could really use more modern design.

And about the Poland site, despite how bad I thuink about some Polish people (we have our own opinion on the border), if you browse the deviantArt, many of the best web designs are contributed by Poles so… carefully wit that prejudice…

yoon
Guest

China’s website is http://www.gov.cn, not http://www.china.org.cn.

Lee Munroe
Guest

Great idea for a post – hopefully this will make them take a different approach to their sites now

Melton Carbury
Guest

re Nicaragua. If you’re looking at a spanish website you might start searching for “search” by knowing the spanish word used would be “buscar” and then magically the search box is a the top on the right, where one could easily find it.

jose
Guest

Costa Rica website is down because the site got hacked not too long ago, they are generating a new website right now, that’s why is down..

Uy Tieu
Guest
Hi everyone. I am a designer from the US. and I recently joined a small agency that is involved with designing government related websites. I can definitely say that it’s an entirely different beast. Good design in Government is a new thing. It wasn’t until Barack Obama started running for Presidency that design took a front seat. But it’s still new and it’s slowly trickling down to other areas of government. We won’t see change overnight due to all the red tape and politics involved. But other leaders and parties are taking notice. The clients (Congressional Leaders, Senators, Governors, etc.)… Read more »
Azizuan Aziz
Guest

where is USA?

Baldvin
Guest

This is the Icelandic website, not the one shown above.
http://en.island.is/

Ivan
Guest

The Chile site is missing the stylesheet. Reload it, it’s not half bad :-)

Nonacion
Guest

Within the next 50 years the humanity will overcome the idea of nations and the nationalism coming with it.

Long lives the global solidarity!

Morcom
Guest

Being new at the website design game I found this article informative and entertaining. Who really cares about the origin of the work (who paid for it) it’s the site design and style that are of interest. In the final analysis it’s really all subjective and feed for the future website style gurus.
Thanks for an entertaining article

Märt
Guest

Why there isn’t Estonia’s government’s website?

xxx
Guest

Instead of comparing government sites, you should do better design for your own.

nonline
Guest

“Instead of comparing government sites, you should do better design for your own.” True, gimme a break, your personal site looks so funny and gay. In our bussines we call it “pink shit”.
BTW. Be prepared for database down, and not soo small traffic, your site has been published on polish version of digg (over 100 000 of users). Don’t be suprised with sentences like “WYKOP KURWA” – In advance – sorry for all stupid polish users.

donzul
Guest
“Well I have to say, out of all the countries in this showcase, Poland was one of the ones I was expecting to have a poor website, but instead they have one of the best on this list!” Another British ignorant. I’ve spent a few years in the UK doing my studies and I have to say that the level of ignorance in Britain is unbelievable. Well Poland is 6th largest economy in Europe and the level and quality of living in large cities, and Warsaw especially, is higher than for example in Scotland where I was studying. Quite a… Read more »
Nonacion
Guest

+1

nonline
Guest

epic win

trójk?t
Guest

Headshot!

Jacob
Guest

Sad but true.

Callum Chapman
Guest

In that case, why did you come to UK to study?

B
Guest

Donzul said “its british lower-level educational system which is one of the worst in Europe” but he/she didn’t say anything about higher education. And I presume that donzul came to study in University.

Callum Chapman
Guest

I’m glad to know I went to a higher education school, then! :)

Leika
Guest

To all cretins who complain about the difference between poor asian countries, europe and whatnot:
STFU. This is not a political debate, just a comparison of government websites. Which is NOT so unimportant as you may think.

Callum Chapman
Guest

Thank you! The complete opposite of a political debate – purely a design point of view! :)

Nonacion
Guest

A list of sites of the nation’s governments all over the world which aims to show how ugly those sites are is automatically political. Here’s why: Those sites, which are ugly indeed, are only ugly because of the lack of technological progress in those countries, which comes with the unequal economic system, mostly dominated by the usa.

Can’t call that unpolitical!

Marta
Guest

Well, you’ve already explained why you’d expected so little from Polish website and I’m not going to get back to that. But WHY did you expect anything special from USA’s website, when, for me, their typical webdesign is poor and outdated. Just because they’re a powerful and a big country? Please… :) I’d say that the greatest letdown was the British website, because I think UK has the most talented graphic designers in the world.

Yann
Guest

You must be a British citizen. I think nobody can tell which country has the most talented graphic designers in the world. Brazil, Canada, USA, France, UK, Korea, Japan.. so many countries have excellent designers…
On the other hand I think it is very easy to tell which countries have not the most talented designers…

Callum Chapman
Guest

I personally think it’s impossible to tell who has the best designers in the world. I often hear London, Paris and New York being called ‘design capitals of the world’ though – surely there should only be one capital? ;)

donzul
Guest

And also, you entitled your article “the Ultimate Ugly Showcase”. On the other hand you write that some websites are good. Isnt that a contradiction? Lack of logical thinking, Im afraid.

Callum Chapman
Guest

Just following orders :)

Sweenie
Guest

Great post – I had to laugh at Papua New Guinea and Costa Rica. Denmark and Australia had great designs. Thanks for posting!

neophron
Guest

I checked other government websites not listed here, to see who coded without tables. Found only these pages!!!
Armenia: http://www.gov.am/en/
Togo: http://www.republicoftogo.com/
Liberia: http://www.emansion.gov.lr/
Senegal: http://www.gouv.sn/
New-Caledonia: http://www.gouv.nc/portal/page/portal/gouv

Do you remember Liberia –> Charles Taylor –> civil war?

Phoenixheart
Guest

Not to debate about politics, but I would think a government’s site is more or less the (e)face of a country.

Come on, it’s not -that- hard to do a better design so why don’t you? People may think that your government webdesign department (if any) is full of incompetent guys who can’t even tell the differences between table and css layout, and yes I would tend to agree with them.

Lukas
Guest

HEI HEI HEI

Why did the *OLD* Lithuanian site is reviewed?
New one – http://www.lrv.lt/ – is quite impressing, it even has links to twitter facebook and youtube. Yes We, have profiles there too ;)

wpDiscuz