The top 10 most powerful countries in the world are countries that are; consistent in making headlines, are able to shape global economic patterns, and happen to have strong defense and military.
They are considered to be great powers who are trusted by the international community to keep to their pledges, whenever they make them. The US News and World Report have, however, devised a way to rank countries based on their powers.
Top 10 Most Powerful Countries In The World
1. The United States
The United States of America is a transcontinental country primarily located in North America. It consists of 50 States and is the third largest country by both land and total area. It is also the third most populous country, with more than 331 million people.
The United States has more than 40% of the world’s nuclear weapons, the second largest after Russia. It is also the world’s largest importer and second largest exporter.
It is the foremost military power in the world with a GDP of $25.35 trillion.
China, officially the People’s Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It stands as the world’s most populous country with more than 1.4 billion people and also the world’s third or Fourth largest country. It is the world’s largest economy by GDP at Purchasing Power Parity, Second Largest economy by nominal GDP and the second wealthiest Country.
China is recognized as a nuclear-weapon state with the world’s largest standing army by military personnel. It is the second most powerful Country in the world with a GDP of $30.18 trillion.
Russia or the Russian Federation (RF) is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is known as the largest country in the world by area. Russia is ninth most populous country in the world and most populous in Europe with a population of 145.5 million. It is recognized as a nuclear-weapons State due to its possession of the world’s Largest stockpile of nuclear weapons. Its extensive energy and mineral resources are the largest in the world.
It is the third most powerful Country in the world with a GDP of $2.829 trillion.
Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany is a country in Central Europe. It is known as the second most populous country in Europe after Russia and the most populous member state of the European Union. Germany has the largest economy in Europe and when it comes to nominal GDP, it is the world’s fourth largest economy.
Based on the Human Development Index, it is the 16th most peaceful country in the world and the 4th most powerful with a GDP of $4.743 trillion.
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The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly referred to as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country in Europe, off the north-western coast of the continental mainland. The country is ranked fourth globally in military expenditure and was the world’s foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
It is the fifth most powerful Country in the world with a GDP of $3.752 trillion.
Japan is an Island Country in East Asia. It is the eleventh most populous country in the world, as well as one of the most densely populated and urbanized. Japan is a great power and a member of numerous international organizations. The country maintains self-defense forces that rank as one of the world’s strongest militaries, although it has renounced its right to declare war.
This country which had made significant impact to science and technology is the sixth most powerful Country in the world with a GDP of $6.110 trillion.
France, officially the French Republic is a transcontinental country which spans Western Europe and Overseas regions and territories in the American, Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. France has the largest exclusive economic zone in the world due to its several coastal territories.
The French Armed Forces are ranked as the world’s sixth most powerful military and the most powerful in Europe. It is the seventh most powerful Country with a GDP of $3.667 trillion.
South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea is a country in East Asia. It is a developed country which is ranked as the seventh highest Country on the Human Development Index in the Oceania and Asia region.
The country is; the world’s ninth largest exporter and ninth largest importer, and the world’s second largest standing army by military and paramilitary personnel.
It is the eight most powerful Country in the world with a GDP of $2.735 trillion.
Saudi Arabia, officially the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is a country in the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is; the fifth largest country in Asia, the largest in Western Asia and the second largest in the Arab world. Saudi Arabia is home to two holiest cities in Islam: Mecca and Medina.
The country is the world’s second largest oil Producer and the world’s largest oil exporter. It is the ninth most powerful Country with a GDP of $1.87 trillion.
10.United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates (UAE), is a country in Western Asia (The Middle East). The nation’s capital is Abu Dhabi while Dubai, the most populous city is an international hub. Islam is the official religion and Arabic the official language. Respectively, the Emirates oil and natural gas reserves are the world’s sixth and seventh largest.
It is the tenth most powerful Country in the world with a GDP of $779.234 billion.
Every country is different, while some are fully developed, some are developing but these top 10 most powerful Countries in the world do great things.
Powers of a country are measured through military might (number of troops, tanks, aircraft, nuclear weapons, e.t.c), economic wealth which measures the size and strength of the economy. However, power and the way power is being judged is changing.
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