Revealed: World’s most powerful countries* for 2023; India secures 12th position!
In the 2023 global power rankings that has been recently published by the US News & World Report*, the United States, China, and Russia have retained their unrivaled positions as the world’s most dominant and powerful nations. This assessment, conducted as part of the ‘Best Countries’ study, involved surveying 17,000 individuals and their opinions on 87 diverse countries.
The rankings gauge a country’s influence by considering factors such as political, economic, and military prowess, as perceived by the respondents.
United States of America
The findings suggest the United States as the ‘dominant global force,’ and the country has retained its top position in the power rankings. The publication highlighted the USA’s leading status as the world’s largest economy, boasting a GDP of $25.5 trillion, and its distinction as the ‘most technologically advanced’ nation.
Additionally, the report acknowledged the US as the primary producer of oil and natural gas globally, with the largest coal reserves. Plus, it has been found that the country’s extensive media industry has far-reaching influence, along with its pivotal roles within international organizations including the United Nations and NATO.
As per the study, China is the world’s second-largest country by landmass and economy. While China’s rapid economic growth since 1978 has lifted millions from poverty, it has also caused issues like inequality and pollution. Tensions with countries like the United States, due to human rights concerns, persist, the report added. Also, China’s nuclear capabilities and membership in influential international organizations bolster its power ranking.
Russia, despite its war with Ukraine, maintains the third-place ranking, the study suggests. Its extensive borders, vast size, key industries like energy and manufacturing, cultural contributions, and history in space exploration bolster its standing. Russia also holds memberships in significant international organizations like the G20 and the United Nations Security Council.
The study credited Germany’s high ranking due to its robust international alliances and formidable economic influence. As the most populous EU nation with one of the world’s largest economies, known for extensive trade, Germany’s global reach is significant. It participates in major international organizations like the UN, EU, NATO, and OECD, bolstering its prominence. Germany is also noted for its contributions in various fields, although it faces challenges, including an aging population.
The study credits the UK’s substantial global influence to its historical British Empire legacy. It’s recognized as a highly developed nation with significant international impact in politics, economics, culture, and science. London’s status as a major global financial center and top-ranked universities add to its appeal. While the UK participates in various international organizations and holds a permanent UN Security Council seat, its global role faces new uncertainties post-Brexit.
The study suggests that South Korea’s high power ranking is prominently because of its strong military and robust exports. The nation actively participates in international organizations like the UN, G20, and World Trade Organization. With substantial gross national savings and significant foreign investment reserves, South Korea is a major player. South Korea’s high-tech, service-based economy is considered a foreign investment success story, making it one of the world’s largest economies.
The study points out France as a long-established nation, which is one of the world’s strongest economies, fueled in part by tourism. It’s a top global tourist destination and a leading weapons exporter. France’s enduring power ranking, on par with 2022, is attributed to its robust international alliances and economic influence across various sectors, including culture.
The study adds that Japan is one of the globe’s most highly educated and technologically advanced countries. Highlighted as the world’s third-largest economy and being a major producer of vehicles, electronics, and steel, Japan holds the fourth-highest economic influence globally according to the survey. Its ranking remains consistent with the previous year.
The study highlights that Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil supplier, accounting for a quarter of global oil production. The country is an OPEC founding member, part of the World Trade Organization, and a destination for millions of Muslim pilgrims annually. Saudi Arabia’s rise in the rankings, moving up two spots from 11th place, primarily due to its significant economic and political influence.