The most powerful countries in the world are the ones that are consistently on the news headline and preoccupy policy makers and shape global economic patterns. They have strong and vibrant foreign policies and military budgets that are tracked religiously. They ensure that they keep to all their pledges made especially in the international community. Countries rankings are based on a survey that asked more than 21,000 people from four regions to associate 80 countries with specific attributes. The attributes included their influential leadership, their economic influence, strong international alliances, political influence and strong military alliances.
Below are the list of most powerful countries in the world.
1. United States
The U.S is unarguably the most powerful country in the world, with the best and largest economy in the world. California’s economy alone produces about $2.5 trillion.Politically, the country is unparalleled influentially. They are the founding members of the United Nation playing very important roles in most of the international issues, mostly the ones regarding security. They have the most powerful force in the world with modernized and sophisticated weapons coupled with huge number of nuclear warheads. They are currently lead by a dude named Donald Trump.
With a massive land mass, Russia is regarded as the largest country in the world by area, covering majority of Eastern Europe and the entire Northern Asia. The country is blessed with lots of natural resources majorly oil and natural gas reserves. They have one of the most powerful military force in the world. The country is known for manufacturing of nuclear weapons with about 7,000 nuclear warheads this made them a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Led by Vladimir Putin as their president, the country has a strong political influence rivaling that of the US.
This is the most populated country in the world, with the second largest economy in the world after the United States. The Chinese is also the world leader in exports, thus, all the “Made in China” products seen every day. Politically, the country is very strong and influential and is a member of the United Nations. China has the largest military in the world with over 200,000 active personnel made up of navy which compose of hundreds of commissioned ships and aircrafts.
4. United Kingdom
The United Kingdom is made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, they are members of the United Nations Security Council. Located in western Europe, the country is a well developed country. The U.K. has one of the best navies in the world as well as one of the most capable foreign intelligence agencies, the Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6. They as well politically and economically strong and influential. Though the country is known for a very high cost of living, they are good in technology, culture, fashion and science.
Another member of the United Nations, Germany has long been one of the most powerful nations in the world before the US. The country is blessed with very skilled and highly educated population, It is one of the largest exporters and has a very strong global economic influence with strong political influence. Though the standard of living here is high.
Also known for having a rich cultural history and possessing some of the most beautiful and attractive cities in the world, Germany also has a powerful military and has a very competent government led by leaders well-versed in all manners of political and economic affairs.