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 Global Power Rank Population 2019
United States1329,064,917
Russia2145,872,256
China31,433,783,686
Germany483,517,045
United Kingdom567,530,172
France665,129,728
Japan7126,860,301
Israel88,519,377
Saudi Arabia934,268,528
South Korea1051,225,308
United Arab Emirates119,770,529
Canada1237,411,047
Iran1382,913,906
Switzerland148,591,365
Australia1525,203,198
Turkey1683,429,615
India171,366,417,754
Italy1860,550,075
Iraq1939,309,783
Singapore205,804,337
Sweden2110,036,379
Pakistan22216,565,318
Spain2346,736,776
Qatar242,832,067
Belgium2511,539,328
Netherlands2617,097,130
Norway275,378,857
Denmark285,771,876
Egypt29100,388,073
Brazil30211,049,527
South Africa3158,558,270
Vietnam3296,462,106
Jordan3310,101,694
New Zealand344,783,063
Belarus359,452,411
Lebanon366,855,713
Luxembourg37615,729
Mexico38127,575,529
Ukraine3943,993,638
Finland405,532,156
Greece4110,473,455
Oman424,974,986
Kazakhstan4318,551,427
Poland4437,887,768
Azerbaijan4510,047,718
Nigeria46200,963,599
Indonesia47270,625,568
Ireland484,882,495
Portugal4910,226,187
Colombia5050,339,443
Philippines51108,116,615
Serbia528,772,235
Myanmar5354,045,420
Thailand5469,625,582
Argentina5544,780,677
Angola5631,825,295
Ghana5730,417,856
Malaysia5831,949,777
Tanzania5958,005,463
Sri Lanka6021,323,733
Morocco6136,471,769
Panama624,246,439
Tunisia6311,694,719
Guatemala6417,581,472
Ecuador6517,373,662
Peru6632,510,453
Chile6718,952,038
Czech Republic6810,689,209
Dominican Republic6910,738,958
Romania7019,364,557
Hungary719,684,679
Costa Rica725,047,561
Bulgaria737,000,119
Uruguay743,461,734
Croatia754,130,304
Lithuania762,759,627
Slovakia775,457,013
Slovenia782,078,654
Latvia791,906,743
Estonia801,325,648