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THE MOST POWERFUL COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD
1. United States of America
findings suggest the United States as the ‘dominant global force,’ and the
country has retained its top position in the power rankings. The publication
highlighted the USA's leading status as the world's largest economy, boasting a
GDP of $25.5 trillion, and its distinction as the ‘most technologically
the report acknowledged the US as the primary producer of oil and natural gas
globally, with the largest coal reserves. Plus, it has been found that the
country's extensive media industry has far-reaching influence, along with its
pivotal roles within international organizations including the United Nations
the study, China is the world's second-largest country by landmass and economy.
While China's rapid economic growth since 1978 has lifted millions from
poverty, it has also caused issues like inequality and pollution. Tensions with
countries like the United States, due to human rights concerns, persist, the
report added. Also, China's nuclear capabilities and membership in influential
international organizations bolster its power ranking.
plays a significant role in global geopolitics, leveraging its vast natural
resources and military capabilities. The country also focuses on its space
program, with plans to launch several missions in the coming years, namely the
Venera-D Venus lander. These missions aim to explore the moon and other
celestial bodies, contributing to our understanding of the universe.
extensive borders, vast size, key industries like energy and manufacturing,
cultural contributions, and history in space exploration bolster its standing.
Russia also holds memberships in significant international organizations like
the G20 and the United Nations Security Council.
is leading the way in the European Union's green energy initiatives. The
country focuses on transitioning to renewable energy sources and reducing
carbon emissions. Germany also focuses on digital transformation in various
sectors, including manufacturing and healthcare, aiming to improve efficiency
5. United Kingdom:
focuses on post-Brexit trade deals and negotiations, aiming to establish new
economic partnerships. The country is also making strides in the tech industry,
with London being a central hub for start-ups. These start-ups work on
innovative solutions in various fields, contributing to the UK's economic
6. South Korea
Korea continues to be a global leader in technology and innovation. The country
is home to several leading tech companies, contributing to its strong position
in the global economy.
Korea has 1,602 military aircraft, according to Global Firepower. This includes
402 fighter/interceptor aircraft, 41 transport aircraft, and 98 dedicated
addition to reducing carbon emissions, South Korea is also adopting renewable
energy sources to promote green energy initiatives.
News noted France's economy ranks among the strongest in the world, with
tourism playing a key role. It also said France is one of the most-visited
countries on earth and is one of the world's top exporters of weapons. “France
is one of the world's oldest countries, and its reach extends around the globe
through science, politics, economics and perhaps above all, culture," US
News said. Its strong international alliances and economic influence were key
to its power ranking, which was the same as in 2022.
News described Japan as one of the world's "most literate and technically
advanced nations. “It noted the country has the third-largest economy in the
world, and is among the world's largest producers of vehicles, electronic
equipment, and steel. Japan’s economic influence was the fourth highest in the
world, according to those surveyed. Its ranking hasn't changed from last year.
9. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is the world's largest oil supplier, accounting for an estimated quarter of global oil supplies, US News noted. It added that the country is an OPEC founding member and a member of the World Trade Organization, as well as other international bodies. Every year, millions of faithful Muslims from all over the world make the pilgrimage to Mecca, which is believed to be the birthplace of the Muslim prophet Mohammed and the cradle of Islam, it noted. Saudi Arabia moved up two spots compared to last year, when it ranked 11th, with particular attention paid to its economic and political influence.