Most Powerful Countries 2022

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Defining the world’s most powerful countries is a more complex process than one might imagine. Power comes in many forms, from military might to economic strength, political influence, and cultural impact. The most powerful nations in the world shape global economic patterns, maintain a strong military, and establish foreign policies whose effects reverberate all around the world. U.S. News and World Report, in partnership with BAV Group and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, ranks the world’s most powerful countries in its annual Best Countries rankings. The 2021 report surveyed over 20,000 people across the globe and asked them to associate 80 countries with five attributes: military alliances, international alliances, political influence, economic influence, and leadership.

The Top 10 Most Powerful Countries in the World (2021 Best Countries report):

  1. United States
  2. China
  3. Russia
  4. Germany
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Japan
  7. France
  8. South Korea
  9. Saudi Arabia
  10. United Arab Emirates

According to the 2020 survey (released in 2021), the United States is the world’s most powerful country. The United States has the world’s largest economy, with a GDP of $20.93 trillion in 2020 and the most massive military budget of $778 billion in 2020. The U.S. defense spending is higher than the next ten largest defense spenders (China, India, Russia, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France, Japan, South Korea, and Italy) combined.

China and Russia are the second and third most powerful countries, known for their military spending and vast physical expanse. China also has a large economy with a GDP of $14.3 trillion. Next on the list are Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, and France, all of which have large economies and distribute high amounts of international aid.

Although a few have switched places, nine of the top ten countries are returners from the previous year's list. The lone new entry is the United Arab Emirates, which arrives at #10 and nudges Israel down to #11. Honorable mentions for the world's most powerful countries are Canada, India, and Turkey.

Most Powerful Countries 2022

Power Rank Country GDP GDP per Capita 2022 Population
2China$14.30 Tn$10,2171,448,471,400
13India$2.87 Tn$2,1011,406,631,776
1United States$21.40 Tn$65,280334,805,269
37Indonesia$1.12 Tn$4,135279,134,505
19Brazil$1.88 Tn$8,897215,353,593
3Russia$1.69 Tn$11,498145,805,947
30Mexico$1.27 Tn$9,946131,562,772
6Japan$5.06 Tn$40,113125,584,838
44Philippines$377.00 Bn$3,485112,508,994
29Egypt$303.00 Bn$3,019106,156,692
25Vietnam$262.00 Bn$2,71598,953,541
14Turkey$761.00 Bn$9,12785,561,976
4Germany$3.86 Tn$46,46883,883,596
27Thailand$544.00 Bn$7,81770,078,203
5United Kingdom$2.83 Tn$42,35468,497,907
7France$2.72 Tn$40,38065,584,518
28South Africa$351.00 Bn$6,00160,756,135
15Italy$2.00 Tn$33,56760,262,770
59Kenya$95.50 Bn$1,81756,215,221
54Myanmar$79.80 Bn$1,47755,227,143
51Colombia$323.00 Bn$6,42551,512,762
8South Korea$1.65 Tn$31,84651,329,899
18Spain$1.39 Tn$29,56546,719,142
48Argentina$445.00 Bn$9,91246,010,234
33Ukraine$154.00 Bn$3,66343,192,122
21Iraq$222.00 Bn$5,65842,164,965
12Canada$1.74 Tn$46,32738,388,419
58Morocco$120.00 Bn$3,23037,772,756
50Poland$596.00 Bn$15,69537,739,785
9Saudi Arabia$793.00 Bn$23,14035,844,909
42Uzbekistan$57.70 Bn$1,71934,382,084
65Peru$228.00 Bn$7,02833,684,208
38Malaysia$365.00 Bn$11,41433,181,072
16Australia$1.40 Tn$55,05726,068,792
20Sri Lanka$84.00 Bn$3,85221,575,842
57Chile$279.00 Bn$14,74219,250,195
40Kazakhstan$182.00 Bn$9,81319,205,043
69Romania$250.00 Bn$12,89019,031,335
63Guatemala$77.00 Bn$4,63918,584,039
64Ecuador$108.00 Bn$6,22318,113,361
23Netherlands$907.00 Bn$52,29517,211,447
53Cambodia$27.10 Bn$1,64317,168,639
62Tunisia$39.20 Bn$3,35212,046,656
24Belgium$533.00 Bn$46,41411,668,278
67Dominican Republic$88.90 Bn$8,28211,056,370
49Greece$205.00 Bn$19,15110,316,637
46Jordan$44.50 Bn$4,40510,300,869
47Azerbaijan$48.20 Bn$4,80610,300,205
26Sweden$531.00 Bn$51,68710,218,971
41Portugal$240.00 Bn$23,28510,140,570
10United Arab Emirates$421.00 Bn$43,10310,081,785
68Hungary$164.00 Bn$16,7339,606,259
36Belarus$64.40 Bn$6,8399,432,800
35Austria$445.00 Bn$50,1229,066,710
11Israel$395.00 Bn$43,5898,922,892
17Switzerland$731.00 Bn$85,3008,773,637
55Serbia$51.50 Bn$7,4128,653,016
74Bulgaria$68.60 Bn$9,8286,844,597
39Lebanon$52.00 Bn$7,5846,684,849
60El Salvador$26.90 Bn$4,1686,550,389
20Singapore$374.00 Bn$65,6415,943,546
34Denmark$350.00 Bn$60,2135,834,950
45Finland$269.00 Bn$48,7125,554,960
32Norway$406.00 Bn$75,8265,511,370
71Slovakia$105.00 Bn$19,2735,460,193
52Oman$76.30 Bn$15,3435,323,993
16Costa Rica$64.00 Bn$12,6705,182,354
43Ireland$399.00 Bn$80,7795,020,199
31New Zealand$209.00 Bn$41,9994,898,203
61Panama$66.80 Bn$15,7284,446,964
73Croatia$60.80 Bn$14,9444,059,286
72Uruguay$61.20 Bn$17,6883,496,016
22Qatar$176.00 Bn$62,0882,979,915
75Lithuania$54.60 Bn$19,5552,661,708
77Slovenia$54.20 Bn$25,9412,078,034
76Latvia$34.10 Bn$17,7941,848,837
78Estonia$31.50 Bn$23,7181,321,910

Most Powerful Countries 2022