25 Most Powerful Countries in the World

The US remains the world’s most powerful country while Russia and China are positioned on the second and third place according to US News and World Report.

German has also risen to the fourth place this year.

The rankings are generated based on the influence of the nation, its economic, political and military power.

The report published by US News and World Report evaluated 80 countries based on responses from 21,000 people.

Here is the list of the 25 world’s most powerful countries this year.

25. Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
As one of the world’s earliest and greatest civilizations, most of the activities are taking place along the Nile River Valley. Its main industries are agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing.


24. Singapore
Singapore
Located in South East Asia, the tiny island country has one of the busiest ports. Its main industries are economic and tourism. Its political stability has attracted a lot of investment. Singapore is a bustling metropolis as well.


23. Spain
Madrid, Spain
Best known for its art and culture, tourism is a big industry in Spain. However, the crisis of Catalonia has caused instability in the nation. Spain falls one place compared to last year’s ranking.


22. Pakistan
Islamabad, Pakistan
Political instability and corruption besides its conflict with India are the major challenges in the country. As these issues continue to take place, the nation’s ranking has fallen two places since last year.


21. The Netherlands
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
As the leading agriculture exporters, the Netherlands is one of the high-income countries in the world. But the country’s high tolerance has impacted on increasing immigration issue.


20. Qatar
Doha, Qatar
With its oil and gas, Qatar is one of the wealthiest and freest countries in the Middle East. The nation has risen three ranks since last year.


19. Sweden
Stockholm, Sweden
The country provides free healthcare and college and also one of the leaders in human rights and sustainability. Its people have one of the world’s longest life expectancies.


18. Italy
Venice, Italy
The country remains one of the largest economies in Europe. Its art and culture have also attracted a lot of tourist from around the world. But its political crisis from Europe’s migrant has led to an increasing populism and a potential financial crisis.


17. Switzerland
Bern, Switzerland
A small country with continuous stability and wealth. Switzerland remains one of the world’s highest GDP per capita. It is one of the safest countries in the world.


16. Australia
Sydney, Australia
The continent country is surrounded by the Indian, Southern and Pacific Oceans. It is a wealthy nation with high life expectancy and high quality of life.


15. India
Taj Mahal, Agra, India
Though known as one of the fastest-growing economies, India is also one of the world’s poorest nations. It has a high number of population, 1.3 billion people. The country is also known for its IT-based industries.


14. Turkey
Ankara, Turkey
Turkey is situated at the border between the Middle East and Europe. Besides its growing economy, Turkey has also been affected by its unsuccessful military coup in the year 2016, continuous regional conflict and terrorism.


13. Iran
Tehran, Iran
Despite its repressive authoritarian regime, Iran is one of the largest economies in the Middle East. The nation has an interest in global power and has high oil reserves.


12. Canada
Ottawa, Canada
Canada has large oil reserves and has been an energy exporter country. Its multiculturalism policy has also been contrasting with the neighbouring US.


11. South Korea
Seoul, South Korea
South Korea is the seventh largest exporter in the world. Its growing economy is the result of industrialization, the entertainment industry, and tourism.


10. The United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
The UAE has a GDP on par with the leading nations in the West. Its main contributor is oil. UAE is also one of the most liberal countries in the region.


9. Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
It is the largest country in the Middle East, as well as the wealthiest. Thanks to its oil reserves and the country’s special status as the home of Mecca, where all Muslim around the world come to visit.


8. Israel
Jerusalem, Israel
Its population is only eight million, it has years of tension relationship with its neighbouring countries, but Israel is a country with a significant presence on the global stage.


7. Japan
Tokyo, Japan
Best known for the land of the rising sun, Japan is a unique country in the far east. The country’s main industries are automobile, electronics, animation, and tourism.


6. France
Paris, France
Long known for its tourism, the country is also known for its powerful economies. However, the financial crisis has affected the nation, besides the rise in immigration issues and terrorism.


5. United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom (UK)
The Brexit or British Exit as the result of its vote to leave the European Union (EU) has affected the UK’s role on the global stage. But the influence it gained through the British Empire still boosts the nation’s global presence. The United Kingdom has fallen one rank since last year though.


4. Germany
Berlin, Germany
Germany has risen one place overtaking the United Kingdom. Germany has one of the largest economies and also the most populous country in the European Union.


3. China
Shanghai, China
China has the fastest-growing economy in the world. Its rapid progress has also strengthened the country’s influence in the global stage. The nation has shown no fear to the trade war engaged by the United States.


2. Russia
Moscow, Russia
Russia has the world’s largest landmass with larger scale of its land located in the north of Asia. Russia also has one of the largest economies and has been invested heavily in military power.


1. The United States of America (USA)
Manhattan, New York City, United States of America (USA)
The US remains the world’s most powerful nation with its dominance in economy and military power. The US has also continuously taken a lead in the international role.

Wahidin Wong is a digital marketer. He is also a jazz and bossa lover.

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