Every country on this planet is different. Some are fully developed, some are developing, while some are underdeveloped and struggling to drive their economic growth. A nation can have special and abundant resources to emerge as the most powerful country in the world. Here is the list of top 10 most powerful countries in the world.
Let’s quickly read about each powerful country in the world and know about their history and achievements.
10. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
GDP: $421 Billion
GDP Per Capita: $69,958
Population: 9.77 Million
Another country to grace the list of most powerful countries in the world is the United Arab Emirates, a country that lies in Western Asia.
The United Arab Emirates is named as World Economic Forum’s most competitive economy in the Arab world. It is also a top tourist destination because of the presence of two beautiful and largest cities — Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
It is a proud member of the United Nations, World Trade Organization and OPEC.
9. SAUDI ARABIA
GDP: $793 Billion
GDP Per Capita: $23,140
Population: 34.3 Million
Saudi Arabia sits at ninth place in the list of top 10 powerful countries in the world. It is a country that lies on the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It is the second-largest Arab country in the world, after Algeria.
Saudi Arabia is the top exporter of oil leading to the exponential growth of the economy. The people living in this strongest country share a rich culture and deep heritage. It has six world heritage sites: Hima Cultural Area, Al Turaif, Old Town of Jeddah, Rock Art in the Al Hail Region, Al Ahsa Oasis, and Hegra.
Saudi Arabia is the newest member of the WTO and a founding member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
8. SOUTH KOREA
GDP: $1.65 Trillion
GDP Per Capita: $39,548
Population: 51.7 Million
The superpower country, South Korea is an East Asian nation on the southern half of the Korean Peninsula. Its official name is the Republic of Korea. The country has achieved remarkable success in combining phenomenal economic growth with poverty reduction. It is the birthplace of former United Nations secretary-general – Ban Ki-Moon.
The main industries of the country include telecommunications, cars, electronics, and steel. The headquarters of the tech giant Samsung is in Seoul, the capital city of South Korea.
South Korea is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum, the G20, the United Nations, and the World Trade Organization.
GDP: $1.69 Trillion
GDP Per Capita: $11,498
Population: 144 Million
The world’s largest nation and one of the most powerful countries, Russia is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia.
When the Soviet Union (a federal state made up of fifteen republics) dissolved in 1991 because of the policies introduced by Mikhail Gorbachev, the republics became 15 independent nations. The largest and the most powerful nation that emerged out of it was Russia.
Russia has a vast amount of natural resources. The country exports timber, metals, natural gas, and oil which makes it one of the most powerful countries in the world. Russia is also the second-largest exporter of military weapons after the United States. On top of that, it has the most number of nuclear weapons in the world – 8400 weapons.
Russia is an active member of many global and regional organizations like the G20, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Council of Europe, the IMF, WTO, United National Security Council, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and others.
GDP: $2.72 Trillion
GDP Per Capita: $40,380
Population: 67.2 Million
Securing its place in the list of strongest and most powerful countries, France measures approximately one-fifth of the total area of the EU.
France is among the leading industrial economies in the aerospace, automotive, and railway sectors. Other important industries include luxury goods, insurance, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, power generation, defence, agriculture, telecoms, and hospitality.
The people of France have an extremely high standard of living. It attracts nearly 80 million tourists every year, which makes it one of the world’s top tourist destinations. The powerful country is a founding member of the United Nations, WTO, NATO, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
5. UNITED KINGDOM
GDP: $2.83 Trillion
GDP Per Capita: $42,354
Population: 66.8 Million
Made up of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Island, the United Kingdom is the fifth most powerful country in the world. The capital city of the country, London attracts a lot of tourists, making tourism one of the major drivers of the country’s economic growth. The other driver is the banking industry.
Despite a fall in automobile and aerospace products manufacturing, this industry serves as a major contributor to the economy of the UK. It is also home to top foreign intelligence agencies, the Secret Intelligence Service, popularly known as the M16.
The country is also the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Other famous figures are Cosmologist Stephen Hawking and computer wizard Tim Berners-Lee, the man behind the World Wide Web.
Talking about its presence in international organizations, the United Kingdom is a member nation of NATO, G20, UN Security Council, and the World Bank.
GDP: $3.86 Trillion
GDP Per Capita: $46,468
Population: 83.1 Million
Another most powerful country in the world is Germany which is a Western European country with a landscape of rivers, mountain ranges, forests, and North Sea Beaches.
Germany is a highly developed social market economy. It ranks the second largest exporter of goods and the third-largest importer of goods in the world. One of the key drivers of the country is manufacturing. However, there are other industries as well like telecommunications, agriculture, health care, and tourism that contribute to the country’s growth.
Germany is also considered one of the top destinations for foreign direct investment worldwide. It is a member of many international organizations like the United Nations, G20, NATO, the European Union, and APEC.
GDP: $ 5.06 Trillion
GDP Per Capita: $40,113
Population: 126 Million
Situated in the northwest Pacific Ocean, Japan proudly joins the list of most powerful countries in the world. Popularly known as the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan consists of more than 6800 islands. Japan is a high-tech powerhouse economy in Asia.
The country is famous for its calligraphy, classical arts, flower arrangements, and tea ceremonies. As far as tourism is concerned, it holds 12 world heritage sites. Sushi originated in this country and is highly popular in the culinary world.
Like other countries, Japan is also an active member of many international organizations. Some of them are United Nations, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank.
GDP: $14.3 Trillion
GDP Per Capita: $10,217
Population: 1.40 Billion
The world’s most populous country, China spans five geographical time zones and borders 14 countries. This powerful country is known to have the world’s longest civilization which dates back to 221 BC. It is the second-largest economy after the United States of America.
Apart from being the world’s fastest-growing country, China is the world’s largest manufacturing economy. It is a growing influence on many developing countries via investment, trade, and ideas.
In 1978, China’s former leader Deng Xiaoping announced a new policy, the Open Door Policy to open the door to foreign businesses that wanted to set up their business in China. Since then, the country has seen tremendous growth.
1. UNITED STATES
GDP: $21.4 Trillion
GDP Per Capita: $65,280
Population: 328 Million
Throughout the 1760s and early 1770s, the colonists of North America found themselves at odds with the imperial policies of Britain. After the rebel leaders won the revolutionary war against the British colony, independence was declared in America in 1776. After this, The United States was born as a new country.
It is the most powerful country in the world with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Per Capita of $65,280. The major exports of the country include electric machinery, vehicles, computers, and advanced military equipment.
As per the reports, the United States has the biggest proven coal reserves in the world. Most of the country’s coal is produced in Wyoming (39%), as well as the Appalachian region (27%), which comprises Maryland, Ohio, Alabama, Eastern Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
The world’s most powerful country witnessed a terror attack in New York on Sept 11, 2001. The attack claimed the lives of thousands of Americans. Since then, the country has become fierce in stopping terrorism worldwide.
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