Top 10 most powerful countries in the world
Top 10 most powerful countries in the world: Countries that consistently make headlines, shape global economic patterns, and have strong defence and military are considered to be great powers but there's no definitive list of them.
However, the US News and World Report devised a way to rank the countries based on their powers. In its latest report, it underscored the top 10 most powerful nations in the world. Take a look at them below.
1- United States
GDP: $21.4 trillion
Population: 328 million
Located in North America, the United States is considered to be the most powerful country in the world. It consists of 50 states, and its economic and military power is unmatched.
GDP: $14.3 trillion
Population: 1.40 billion
China is the most populous country in the world. It houses some of the world's oldest civilisations and has been ruled by Communist Party since 1949. The country is spread over five geographical time zones, having 14 borders-- second only to Russia.
GDP: $1.69 trillion
Population: 144 million
Russia is the largest country in the world. The transcontinental country spanning eastern Europe and northern Asia shares its borders with sixteen countries, the most by a country in the world. It extends across eleven time zones.
GDP: $3.86 trillion
Population: 83.1 million
The most populous nation in the European Union has one of the largest economies in the world. The country is home to scenic landscapes and over 2 millennia of history.
5- United Kingdom
GDP: $2.83 trillion
Population: 66.8 million
The United Kingdom is one of the most developed nations in the world. The island nation exerts huge international economic, political, scientific, and cultural influence.
GDP: $5.06 trillion
Population: 126 million
Japan is one of the most literate and technically advanced nations in the world. The country which is made up of four main islands is ranked at number six on the list of most powerful nations in the world.
GDP: $2.72 trillion
Population: 67.2 million
France is one of the oldest countries in the world and is known for its cultural diversity. The country is home to fashion houses, classical art museums, and is one of the world’s top exporters of weapons.
8- South Korea
GDP: $1.65 trillion
Population: 51.7 million
South Korea is known for its economic development in a short period of time. The East Asian nation shares one of the world’s most heavily militarized borders with North Korea.
9- Saudi Arabia
GDP: $793 billion
Population: 34.3 million
The country in the Middle East is known both for its oil and has one of the largest sand deserts in the world. The country is ranked ninth on the list of the most powerful nations in the world.
10- United Arab Emirates
GDP: $421 billion
Population: 9.77 million
UAE is a federation of seven emirates on the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula. The country in the Middle East is famous among tourists for two of its emirates-- Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
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