Top 10 Most Powerful Countries in the World – 2018 List of Nations

What makes a country powerful? Is it military might, economic production, or foreign policy influence? Since each of these three metrics are important in their own right, we’re going to factor all of these into our assessment, economic power will be more heavily weighted as it does affect the ability to finance the other two ventures.

10. India – Powerful or Not?

top-ten-most-powerful-countries-indiaThe world’s second most populated country is also a major world power and a regional superpower. Strong economic growth is largely due to the fact that India’s population is getting more educated and the economy as a whole is getting more advanced. India has a huge amount of human capital that is only limited by the fact that a large percentage of its population still lives below the poverty line. Once Indians can develop their infrastructure to reach those who have been underserved due to societal restrictions, this country will surely rise to the occasion to become a stronger player on the world stage.

India is also beginning to develop a fairly reputable entertainment industry and a strong technology industry. Many companies look to India for their outsourcing needs since the labor is relatively cheap and India has a large number of English speakers. Call centers and IT hubs have become staples of the Indian economy, after manufacturing these are the major industries to watch out for in the future. India’s film industry, nicknamed Bollywood, has gotten bolder over the last few years. These movies are shattering Indian box office records and are bringing in a lot of money for the entertainment industry. Indians abroad, as well as Nepalese, Bangladeshis, and Pakistanis, love Bollywood and they support its attempts at bringing a uniquely Indian flair to the entertainment industry.

9. Brazil

top-ten-most-powerful-countries-brazilBrazil is one of South America’s strongest economies, since its inception this country has exerted considerable influence in South America and it’s making a name for itself on the world stage as well. The World Cup was Brazil’s way of showing the world that it had what it takes to rise to the occasion. This beautiful multicultural society has vast amounts of natural resources to draw on, however, they must also make sure not to exploit nature so much so that they risk harming the environment. This careful balancing act is very difficult for an emerging economy but Brazil has shown that it is resilient to hardships and it can bounce back very quickly, just look at how well they bounced back after the economic crises of 2008.


8. Italy

top-ten-most-powerful-countries-italyThis small nation is boxing way above its small area would suggest, and it always has, these modern day Romans transformed there largely agrarian country into a modern industrialized nation in the few short decades following the second world war. Italy is the 10th largest exporter in the world, a stunning feat considering there are many larger countries with vastly greater reserves of natural resources that aren’t even comparing in terms of GDP. Many people flock to Italy every year to visit the ancient ruins of the Roman Empire, they also want to visit Italy’s beautiful coastline.

Known the world over for their fine taste in automobiles, food, music, and fashion, Italian companies dominate the top positions of their respective industries. However, not all is well in Italia, the past 20 years have seen a decline in growth and the Italian economy has been especially affected by the economic crises of 2008. If past history is any indicator of future performance than Italy will bounce back from this as strong as ever.

7. France’s Limited Power

top-ten-most-powerful-countries-franceFrance is the world’s sixth largest economy and has the largest business district in Europe, La Defense. The French economy is the 3rd largest in Europe and it is also the wealthiest European country in terms of number of wealthy individuals, with 2.6 millionaires residing in its borders. Machinery, chemicals, cars, aircraft, electronics, textiles, and tourism are the biggest industries in France. France is a huge destination for tourist as it is the world’s most visited location, people visit France to soak up its rich history and experience the fine dining, fine arts, ski in the mountains, or drive along the French Riviera.

France recovered much better than other industrial nations following the economic crises of 2008-2009, and it entered the recession much later than other countries. France is also the world leader in developing Nuclear energy, 78.1% of all of the country’s electricity is provided by nuclear sources, followed by hydroelectric power at 11.1% and Fossil fuel at 9.5%. Because of this France is the smallest emitter of carbon dioxide among the seven most industrialized nations, this is a remarkable feat and one that will certainly be followed by countries as pressures for environmental preservation continue to increase.

The French people are happy too, French citizens enjoy the benefits of a socialized society, with free healthcare and guaranteed pensions. Although this does mean they get taxed considerably higher than their counterparts in the United States, the top tax rate in France is 75%  for those who earn over 1 million euros and the corporate tax rate is 70%. Not only is France well known for its industrial power but it also the world’s sixth largest agricultural producer and the EU’s largest agricultural producer. This diversified economy has done well to insulate itself from major disasters.

6. Japan

top-ten-most-powerful-countries-japanJapan has been a major world power since they switched to the market economy back in the mid-1800s during the Edo period. Japan has fallen on some hard times lately due to the economic recession of 2008 as well as Japan’s massive public debts, over 200% of GDP at one point. Still Japan is the world’s third largest economy after China and the United States. Three quarters of the nation’s gross domestic product comes from the service sector. Japan is also the second largest producer of automobiles in the world. Along with automobiles they are also leading producers of electronics, machine tools, chemical substances, textiles, and processed foods.

5. How Powerful is Russia

top-ten-most-powerful-countries-russiaRussia is the world’s largest country by area and has more natural resources than any other country. Natural resources account for 30% of overall revenue. Of these, oil, natural gas, and precious metals make up the large portion. Russia is also a highly capable arms dealer, exporting 15-20 billion dollars’ worth of arms every year, second only to the United States.

Russia is dealing with many issues currently that could affect its standing in the world. First, lowered oil prices have hit the Russian economy especially hard as oil constitutes 15% of their overall GDP and 57% of their federal budget. Besides that they are facing several war fronts in Syria, Ukraine, and to a lesser degree in other former soviet states. Also, due to Russia’s large mass, there have been governance issues that have led to illicit funds leaving the country, over 800 billion dollars in the last few years have left the country via hidden channels. Analyst predict that Russia’s economy will shrink over the next few years due to these pressures..

4. Germany

top-ten-most-powerful-countries-germanyGermany is the largest economy in the European Union with the largest population and it is undoubtedly the leader of Europe after the financial recession from 2008-2012. Germany stood tall after the Euro crises and leaders from around Europe looked towards Germany as an example of solid financial responsibility and regulation setting.

Under the guidance of Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Germans have exerted considerable influence in their region and they are poised to overtake the U.K., if they haven’t already, in terms of global positioning.

3. UK

top-ten-most-powerful-countries-united-kingdomThe United Kingdom is Europe’s second largest economy and it holds considerable influence both in its region and globally. The UK has been a historical powerhouse since the industrial revolution, and it still holds some influence over its former territories from its empire days. These days the UK is still a major power but more in terms of “soft power” as opposed to “hard power” or direct force. Soft power means the U.K. holds considerable diplomatic influence. Still, don’t count out their military power, the UK spends more on its military budget than any other European nation, although it does plan on reducing its military budget considerably between 2010 and 2020. Because of its strong mix of military, diplomatic, and industrial strength, the UK remains Europe’s strongest country, for now.

2. China is Very Powerful

top-ten-most-powerful-countries-chinaThe Chinese have been on a sharp rise on the world stage in the past 20 years. Their country has seen average economic growth exceeding 10% for decades, far exceeding many other industrial nations. This rapid growth is fueled largely by the intervention of the Chinese government and their focus on ensuring that their country is ideal for companies who wish to manufacture goods. Besides manufacturing China is also a large agricultural exporter. In the Far East China is the newest and strongest superpower, holding considerable influence in geopolitical events as well as economic trends.

The Chinese economy is second only to the United States, and their military spending is one of the largest budgets in the world. Although Chinas growth is expected to slow down over the coming years, there is little sign of a deflation in sight. China’s growth is only being further promulgated by the rise of its industrious and highly skilled middle class. Unlike many other advanced economies, China has had great success in tapping resources on the African continents by working closely with government allies. The formerly largely agrarian society is seeing more and more people migrate to its large cities, adding to the skilled workforce and solidifying China’s place as the second most powerful country in the world.

1. USA – The Most Powerful Country

top-ten-most-powerful-countries-united-statesThere are no surprises here, the USA remains the number one super power in the world. Although citizens and residents of the United States account for only 5% of the world’s population, the United States accounts for nearly 20% of the world’s GDP, 18 trillion dollars per year. The U.S. is the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas, it is the second largest trading nation in the world, the second largest manufacturer, the largest and most influential financial markets, and the highest trained and most skilled labor market in the world. In essence the U.S. dominates economically over any other country. The U.S. dollar is one of the strongest currencies in the world and it is the most used currency.

Not only is the U.S. the largest economy by a long stretch, it has the most powerful military by an even wider margin. The U.S. military has more funding each year the next 10 most funded countries combined! The U.S. isn’t afraid to flex its military and diplomatic muscle whenever it feels its interest have been threatened, something that has been both applauded and denounced by the international community.

Lastly, not only does the USA dominate in economics and military might, it is also a large cultural exporter. Hollywood, the music industry, fine arts, theatre, you name it; people around the world consume American culture because our entertainment industry is well established, well-funded, and of a high quality. American celebrities, pop culture, and movies are known worldwide, even countries where the majority of people don’t speak English, they are still knowledgeable of American popular culture. Analysts believe that the U.S. is poised to remain as the most powerful country in the world for at least the next ten years, but on cultural influence alone, the U.S. is poised to remain relevant for a decades if not centuries ahead.


48 COMMENTS

    • Which other country could possibly be above the UK?
      Russia and India cannot match the UK economically, nor for soft power. Germany, Japan and India can’t match the UK for power projection / global reach, nor for soft power. France has literally the same global reach and economic power as the UK, but it has nowhere near the same soft power.

      – The UK is the #1 soft power in the world according to Portland’s Soft Power 30 Index. It switches position for first place with Germany on MONOCLE’s soft power index.
      – The UK has the fifth-largest economy in the world by nominal GDP.
      – The UK has global reach second only to the USA and on par with France and Russia according to PwC’s Global Defense Perspectives report.

      And this Gazette Review study isn’t the first one to conclude the UK is the second/third most powerful country in recent years. Also check out the European Geostrategy ‘Audit of Major World Powers’ and Elcano’s ‘Global Presence Index’. THREE individual exert studies in the last two years have found the UK to be so powerful. Do you have as many studies from the last two years that state otherwise?

      • Let see UK Patriot, Bharat is going to mountain ahead towards globalization. Let see, How long UK, USA alive at this platform.

          • Lel dude there ain’t any meaning in abusing the whole country for some ,stupid article! I saw u guys talkin about warsXD. Lol until now according to the surveys and all those stuffs amongst the two countriesi.e. UK and India whoever defends in a war will win it ( just some freakin predictions i personally being an Indian would never ever like a war with anyone).Lets be good and now abuse others on this platform!

      • The total population Of UK is less than the number of soldiers in the Russian army. If there is a war than you can imagine

        • Because those with more soldiers always win wars, right? Oh wait, no they don’t, as history has proven countless times.

          • #UK Patriot# i guess you stay in stinking country.i think you should go to learn which country is most power full . uk is n’t power full than india.

          • Trust me India you are just a lost cause! No one talks about your country because it doesn’t matter to anyone and I kinda forgot you existed. All I see when I hear India is poor people living in poverty and that’s all you will ever be to me ?

            I never usually post on websites but I just had to have a laugh at this! You’re just mad because your number 10 and your lucky to deserve a place of anything. It’s a shame I won’t be reading your funny replies because I’ve just put a load of made up stuff to login to this and I won’t remember this website but just remember what I said and keep quiet you nobody’s! ??

          • Bro just learn something about,our proud nation where most of richest found ,English spoken every part of country,where availablity of water percentage of above 4%,where qualified people than any other nation,where world strongest army is india i.e different that british loot our nation for many decades even though we stand to defend any countries.In terms of good reaction v r good rather than that v r 2 bad.don’t mind it’s facts.

          • Don’t worry. Technology has stagnated since 1990. India will catch up militarily by 2030 (40 years lag).

            Indian HDI may be low, but HDI is just about happiness which in turn is just hormones. What India has is “poverty” and “education” at the same time. That makes a person fit to survive. Survival fitness is higher in poor people. So, India can bear lot of pain which in turn increases its strength manifold. Drug addicts (happy people) are weaklings

      • U replied foolishly, I think you knows about only UK, Do u know world is not allways same, India is better than UK. you need to analyse and compare India from UK inn every aspects, i Hope u will be find yr…

    • bharat kahmir pe qabiz hai or map me kashmir ko apna hissa dikhata hai jbky kashmir sirf kashmiri awam ka hai bharat kabiz hai.

        • Thanks for questioning the hill. I have been banned so could not answer you there. I have been a fly in their ointment lately for questioning this very type of one sided punishment. They are such hypocritical bullies.

          I wish more people would post their dismay at this type of blatant biased favoritism

  1. r u out of ur mind u stupid people who ever post this i disagree u r so dumb OMG india should be 2nd most powerful after US How come UK in number 3rd impossible U EVER POST THIS HE OR SHE IS NOT EDUCATED STUPID DUMBHEAD

  2. uneducated @shubhomunshi:disqus use proper grammar if you are to try and make another person sound uneducated. I had a good laugh over how stupid your comment was though. I would have to agree with most of this though. Only because of current 2016 statistics however the US being super power for the next 10 years? I don’t know about that. We are digging our own grave.

    • THX I am actually uneducated I am really bad in grammar huh? I dot care if u laugh on my comment or not but I am an indian and it should be the second strongest in the world after US where r u from? Uk or wht? huh? huge d

        • @disqus_dKR1ZTIPYJ:disqus don’t tech to indians not even dream, Now India is boss in world. Note it down. Update your brain

        • Its not like it happens only in India man ! It happens everywhere the thing is, its just not highlighted the way it is over here. So please just stfu and think twice before saying anything about the country you stole man!

    • hahahahah tera khuwab hai ye bharat me chalti bus me raped hoty hai or to power full country kehta hai. beta neend se jaag ankhen khool.

        • bharat wo jo pathar ko butoo ko pojtay hay
          cow ka pishab pitay hay
          monkey ko pojtay hay
          snake ko pojtay hay
          hahahahahaha
          beta hum Muslim hay
          jab jung pe nikaltay hay baray baroo ki band baja datay hay
          pak Army Zindabad

          • pak ki koi aukad nahi he India ke samne
            pak me to pahane ke liye na kapda, khane ke liye roti, pine ke liye pani or rahne ke liye ghar tak nasib nahi he. or chale India se takar lene.

            Hahaha!

        • East or west India is the best…
          Bharat ne jamin tabhi to Pakistan bana …
          Bharat ne paisa tabhi pak. Muskil se khadda ho paya
          Bharat ne muslimo ko apne ghar me panah tabhi to etne uchhal rahe ho

          Kya pak army ki bat kar rahe ho uski pared dekhke esa lagata hai ki pura desh funny hai…..
          Jay hind

    • Ary brother Kia india india karty rehty ho Bollywood ke waja sy thori ezat hai tumhari warna tum kon hai ye to Google ny be bta dia tha..

      • India kuchh nahi aisa lagta hai sabko but U.S.A bhi koi faisla India ke bina nahi le sakta yad rakho bhai

  3. Imagine there is not even a single Islamic country among top 10. yet Islams cannot allow the world be at peace. Islam need to be eradicated from surface of earth. Has most dangerous country in the world .
    RANK COUNTRY SCORE
    1 Syria 3.806
    2 South Sudan 3.593
    3 Iraq 3. 570
    4 Afghanistan 3.538
    5 Somalia 3.414
    6 Yemen 3.399
    7 Central African Republic 3.354
    8 Ukraine 3.287*****
    9 Sudan 3.269
    10 Libya 3.200
    11 Pakistan 3.145.

  4. It is very poor article, who says that india on 10th position, Do you know india is one of the most powerfull country of the world after USA,China, russia. you need to know more about the world then try to give suggestion to oth…

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