Most Powerful Countries 2021

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Defining the world’s most powerful countries is not always clear-cut and can be subjective. The most powerful nations 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 across the globe. 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 $20.49 trillion and the most massive military budget of $610 billion. The U.S. 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 world's most powerful countries are the United Arab Emirates, Canada, and Iran.

Most Powerful Countries 2021

Global Power Rank Country 2021 Population
1United States332,915,073
2Russia145,912,025
3China1,444,216,107
4Germany83,900,473
5United Kingdom68,207,116
6France65,426,179
7Japan126,050,804
8Israel8,789,774
9Saudi Arabia35,340,683
10South Korea51,305,186
11United Arab Emirates9,991,089
12Canada38,067,903
13Iran85,028,759
14Switzerland8,715,494
15Australia25,788,215
16Turkey85,042,738
17India1,393,409,038
18Italy60,367,477
19Iraq41,179,350
20Singapore5,896,686
21Sweden10,160,169
22Pakistan225,199,937
23Spain46,745,216
24Qatar2,930,528
25Belgium11,632,326
26Netherlands17,173,099
27Norway5,465,630
28Denmark5,813,298
29Egypt104,258,327
30Brazil213,993,437
31South Africa60,041,994
32Vietnam98,168,833
33Jordan10,269,021
34New Zealand4,860,643
35Belarus9,442,862
36Lebanon6,769,146
37Luxembourg634,814
38Mexico130,262,216
39Ukraine43,466,819
40Finland5,548,360
41Greece10,370,744
42Oman5,223,375
43Kazakhstan18,994,962
44Poland37,797,005
45Azerbaijan10,223,342
46Nigeria211,400,708
47Indonesia276,361,783
48Ireland4,982,907
49Portugal10,167,925
50Colombia51,265,844
51Philippines111,046,913
52Serbia8,697,550
53Myanmar54,806,012
54Thailand69,950,850
55Argentina45,605,826
56Angola33,933,610
57Ghana31,732,129
58Malaysia32,776,194
59Tanzania61,498,437
60Sri Lanka21,497,310
61Morocco37,344,795
62Panama4,381,579
63Tunisia11,935,766
64Guatemala18,249,860
65Ecuador17,888,475
66Peru33,359,418
67Chile19,212,361
68Czech Republic10,724,555
69Dominican Republic10,953,703
70Romania19,127,774
71Hungary9,634,164
72Costa Rica5,139,052
73Bulgaria6,896,663
74Uruguay3,485,151
75Croatia4,081,651
76Lithuania2,689,862
77Slovakia5,460,721
78Slovenia2,078,724
79Latvia1,866,942
80Estonia1,325,185

Most Powerful Countries 2021