Most Powerful Countries 2019

Defining the world’s most powerful countries is not always clear-cut and can be subjective. The most powerful countries are the ones that shape global economic patterns, preoccupy policymakers, and tend to have strong defense and military. Foreign policies of powerful countries are closely tracked and consistently dominate news headlines around the world.

U.S. News and World Report, in partnership with BAV Group and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has found a way to rank the world’s most powerful countries in its Best Countries rankings. The report surveyed over 20,000 people from four regions around the world. Respondents were asked to associate 80 countries with five attributes: military alliances, international alliances, political influence, economic influence, and leadership.

The top 10 most powerful nations according to the 2019 Best Countries report are:

According to the 2018 survey, the United States is the world’s most powerful country. The United States has the world’s largest economy, with a GDP of $19.4 trillion and the largest military budget of $610 billion. The US defense spending is higher than the next seven largest defense spenders (China, Saudi Arabia, India, France, Russia, Germany, and the United Kingdom) combined.

Russia and China are the second and third most powerful countries, known for their military spending. China also has a large economy with a GDP of $12.2 trillion. Next on the list are Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan, all of which have large economies and distribute high amounts of international aid.

No country on the list changed in rankings from 2018 to 2019 except for South Korea, which joined the top ten list in 2019 from the 11th rank. Honorable mentions for the most powerful countries in the world are the United Arab Emirates, Canada, and Iran.

Global Power Rank Country Population 2019
1United States329,064,917
2Russia145,872,256
3China1,433,783,686
4Germany83,517,045
5United Kingdom67,530,172
6France65,129,728
7Japan126,860,301
8Israel8,519,377
9Saudi Arabia34,268,528
10South Korea51,225,308
11United Arab Emirates9,770,529
12Canada37,411,047
13Iran82,913,906
14Switzerland8,591,365
15Australia25,203,198
16Turkey83,429,615
17India1,366,417,754
18Italy60,550,075
19Iraq39,309,783
20Singapore5,804,337
21Sweden10,036,379
22Pakistan216,565,318
23Spain46,736,776
24Qatar2,832,067
25Belgium11,539,328
26Netherlands17,097,130
27Norway5,378,857
28Denmark5,771,876
29Egypt100,388,073
30Brazil211,049,527
31South Africa58,558,270
32Vietnam96,462,106
33Jordan10,101,694
34New Zealand4,783,063
35Belarus9,452,411
36Lebanon6,855,713
37Luxembourg615,729
38Mexico127,575,529
39Ukraine43,993,638
40Finland5,532,156
41Greece10,473,455
42Oman4,974,986
43Kazakhstan18,551,427
44Poland37,887,768
45Azerbaijan10,047,718
46Nigeria200,963,599
47Indonesia270,625,568
48Ireland4,882,495
49Portugal10,226,187
50Colombia50,339,443
51Philippines108,116,615
52Serbia8,772,235
53Myanmar54,045,420
54Thailand69,625,582
55Argentina44,780,677
56Angola31,825,295
57Ghana30,417,856
58Malaysia31,949,777
59Tanzania58,005,463
60Sri Lanka21,323,733
61Morocco36,471,769
62Panama4,246,439
63Tunisia11,694,719
64Guatemala17,581,472
65Ecuador17,373,662
66Peru32,510,453
67Chile18,952,038
68Czech Republic10,689,209
69Dominican Republic10,738,958
70Romania19,364,557
71Hungary9,684,679
72Costa Rica5,047,561
73Bulgaria7,000,119
74Uruguay3,461,734
75Croatia4,130,304
76Lithuania2,759,627
77Slovakia5,457,013
78Slovenia2,078,654
79Latvia1,906,743
80Estonia1,325,648