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.
GDP: $1.64 Trillion
Population: 37.74 Million
Situated in North America, Canada is the second largest country in the world. Sharing its maritime borders with Greenland and Saint Pierre and Miquelon. According to the 2021 Best Countries Report, Canada ranks number 1 on the list of the best countries in the world.
Excelling in various metrics such as adventure, cultural influence, agility, Entrepreneurship, social purpose and quality of life, Canada is among the country that attracts the most number of immigrants. The country’s official language is bilingual in English and French.
GDP: $1.94 Trillion
Population: 59.10 Million
Renowned for its cuisine and geographic beauty, Italy is a South-central European country. The Vatican and San Marino; Europe’s tallest and most active volcanoes are situated in Italy. The majority population (about 80%) in Italy follows Christianity and identifies themselves as Roman Catholics. However, 20% of the population claim to be atheists or agnostic.
Right from the fashion house of Milan to the artwork of Italy, the world is widely influenced by Italy’s cultural and artistic brilliance. Italy is an ideal tourist destination attracting over 40 Million tourists each year.
GDP: $2.05 Trillion
Population: 214.83 Million
The fifth largest country in the world, the official name of Brazil is the Federative Republic of Brazil. With the massive landscape, the coastline of Brazil with the Atlantic Ocean stretches for over 4,600 miles. It is the most influential country in South America and among the world’s biggest democracies.
Brazil is rich in natural beauty and biodiversity and popularly known for its Amazon Forest in the world. Evolving from monarchy to military dictatorship to civilian rule, Brazil saw it all. Now, the country is a democratic federal republic. Not just politically but economically also Brazil sees rapid growth. The agriculture, Manufacturing, Mining and Service sectors of the country are fueling the growth of the economy substantially.
GDP: $2.58 Trillion
Population: 67.8 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.
6. UNITED KINGDOM
GDP: $2.63 Trillion
Population: 67.5 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: $2.65 trillion
Population: 1.39 Billion
After getting independence from British colonial rule in 1947, India became the world’s largest democracy. India is enriched with a diversity of cultures, religions, languages and traditions. Situated in South Asia, India is the 7th largest country in the world in terms of area. India is currently the second most populous country in the world with linguistical and ethnic heterogeneity.
Currently, India is on a path to success with rapid economic growth and urbanization. With this growth, India is expected to become 3rd largest economy in the world by 2030. Tackling the problems of overpopulation, poverty and other social & environmental issues, India is emerging as an economic powerhouse and nuclear-armed state.
GDP: $3.69 Trillion
Population: 84.7 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: $ 4.87 Trillion
Population: 124.90 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: $12.38 Trillion
Population: 1.42 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.
GDP: $19.48 Trillion
Population: 335.25 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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