Most Powerful Countries 2019

It’s hard to define the world’s most powerful countries, but the 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.

This report is based on a survey of more than 21,000 people from four regions around the world. Respondents were asked to associate 80 countries with five attributes. Those attributes include military alliances, international alliances, political influence, economic influence, and leadership.

According to the 2018 survey, the United States is the world’s most powerful country. Coming in behind the US in the number two spot is Russia, followed by China. The top five countries on this list remain unchanged in their rankings when compared to the previous year’s survey.

The top 25 most powerful nations according to the 2018 Best Countries report are:

Flag Name Population 2019 Area Growth Rate
India1,366,417,7543,287,590 km²1.02%
United States329,064,9179,372,610 km²0.60%
Pakistan216,565,318881,912 km²2.04%
Russia145,872,25617,098,242 km²0.09%
Japan126,860,301377,930 km²-0.27%
Egypt100,388,0731,002,450 km²2.00%
Germany83,517,045357,114 km²0.47%
Turkey83,429,615783,562 km²1.32%
Iran82,913,9061,648,195 km²1.36%
France65,129,728551,695 km²0.21%
Italy60,550,075301,336 km²-0.13%
South Korea51,225,308100,210 km²0.10%
Spain46,736,776505,992 km²0.09%
Canada37,411,0479,984,670 km²0.91%
Saudi Arabia34,268,5282,149,690 km²1.68%
Australia25,203,1987,692,024 km²1.23%
Netherlands17,097,13041,850 km²0.22%
Sweden10,036,379450,295 km²0.65%
United Arab Emirates9,770,52983,600 km²1.45%
Switzerland8,591,36541,284 km²0.77%
Israel8,519,37720,770 km²1.64%
Singapore5,804,337710 km²0.81%
Qatar2,832,06711,586 km²1.81%