The Most Influential Country In the History of the World

arismunandar
The continued development of the changing times also life people in the world. More countries are more advanced civilization of the change. But did you know that the most influential countries of the world be like now?

The Top Ten

1 England England England, previously the Kingdom of England, is a constituent country of the United Kingdom along with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. ...read more.

TWO WORLDS, industrial revolution! Started in England and was the first country to do so, it was said as a fact that the industrial revolution made the modern world! With out it you would not have T.V., computers and trains etc. Japan did a study in 2010 that concluded with 54% of the worlds most used inventions was first made in and by a britain (Scotland, ENGLAND, wales). With figures going up to 75% inflated with evidence of that Japanese copping (put as stolen and commercialized too) lots of British innovation. And America that say? "they invented the light bulb or photograph"? Which is a lie look it up and Thomas Alva Edison made a longer lasting bulb not the first light bulb, it was just improved by him. Also William Henry Fox Talbot and Louis Daguerre was the first to use photographs (French and British) next they will say they invented the car and their "American" English first after all with out britain (including England) America would not have existed, point proven!

USA number 1? Pah! England/Britain has invented world-changing things such as: television, trains, discovery of DNA, football, rugby, cricket, tennis, golf, the telephone, the first police force, underground travel system, the internet... We gave the world the English language; America has to contend with just having a bad accent. England has the most famous royal family in the world and our Queen is the most powerful woman in the world. England has to be number one just for the fact that we are such a small country but we are the most powerful and influential country on Earth. I'm so proud to tell everyond that I am ENGLISH! Long live this green and pleasant land. The world would be nothing without this tiny but mighty country. VOTE ENGLAND!

Or Should that be the UK! The English Language (British Empire), Modern Science (Newton, Darwin, Faraday, Bessemer, Stephen Hawking), Literature (Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, J.K. rowling {! }), Parliamentary Democracy, Common Law, the Industrial Revolution (factories, railways, capitalism etc. ), Communications (television, the World Wide Web, the telephone), Sport (football, rugby, cricket etc), Music (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Adele, Simon Cowell! ) and have done it all without a revolution!

Influential in how to get manipulated and destroyed by Croatia's national soccer / football team. - 32537690968969

V 168 Comments
2 United Kingdom United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and it's current prime minister is ...read more.

The most important civil liberties document in the world, magna cart, Habeous corpus. Home of the great people of england, wales, scotland and northern ireland - inventors of the modern world and pretty much our entire way of modern life and everything we take for granted. Despite empire building atrocities (committed by many nations and considered acceptable at the time) this is the country that dragged many nations kicking and screaming out of the dark ages, liberated numerous people and nations and mounted the worlds largest ever naval campaign for the abolition of slavery and the slavetrade from 1806 onwards. The united states of america still treated darker skinned people as slaves until the 1960's onwards and first act of independence was the systematic genocide of the native american people - and they call themselves the home of liberty and freedom - I can't believe they are even in the top 10.

Despite the huge influence of the British Empire it would not have come about ...more

The United Kingdoms of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as a group have influenced the world more than any other nation or people. Their influence on the world led to remarkable changes to how human beings live and a catalyst in the evolution of human societies towards the modern era we live in now. The United Kingdom has helped to lead the worlds nations and Peoples to changes on how humans exist achieving this through a list of contributions that surpass any other nations. The range and variation of the United Kingdoms influence is staggering, it has shaped the world through Innovation, Invention ( trains,t. V, phone etc), Civil Liberties (magna Carta), Common Law, Literacy (Shakespeare, ), Parliamentary Democracy, Industrialization (, science (Newton, Darwin etc), Conquest, Empires, Royal Dynasties, sport. The United Kingdoms society has been used as a blueprint for nations around the world, while many nations have also adapted or used the British systems of law, ...more

There would be no USA without Britain. There would be no common and modern law without the manga carta, there would be no police services as we know it. The language you're using which is the most widely used in the world today? Not American.

So to think some little idiotic retards are that stupid to think America. If anything the British Empire and Holy Roman Empire have been the most influential on today's society in founding and developing a platform for society to build from.

Technically the UK is a sovereign state, but oh well. If the Americans don't like it, too bad.

V 51 Comments
3 United States of America United States of America The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the ...read more.

The US is kinda ridiculous and before the hating starts let me explain why: The US has always since the revolution prided itself being the land of the free right? But for who? They kept slavery, murdered and treated natives as second class citizens, women still below men, Christianity is the only right way- everything else including science was wrong and punishable, and if you speak out against their 'founding father' or whatever which were basically a bunch of terrorists and murderers and warmongers who brainwashed the minds of the delusional against the Empire for nothing then you were marked scum who should be humiliated or sentenced to death. As well as this on the subject of the revolution which was British migrants fighting British migrants to disband from their own country and roots which makes no sense to me- the Empire didn't lose a thing to the will be Americans when I look back at history, instead it had other problems like an on going conflict with the French and Spanish ...more

I think most people do forget that Rock and Roll, R&B, Jazz, Blues and genres all originated in the U.S. and for some reason every other country has benefited from the sounds that were created here in the U.S.. It's not a brag it is a part of history as any other historical creation from any country. I just have to say they are rather popular and originated here in the U.S.. I'm not saying anything about which groups are better and from what countries. To me that is not important since I enjoy music from many countries. I just want younger people from any country to understand where the main sounds that influence modern music anywhere came from as an art form. It's not the most important contribution but since music is considered to be an important form of expression they should understand where these genres of music originated. Recognize those individuals who are the pioneers even if they are from America and are from a past that sounds simple to today's music. These pioneers did not ...more

I understand that many people are skeptical of a country that was only around for a couple hundred years when others have been around for thousands, but America is a place where anyone, outsider or not to come. That's what's so special about it. It's been a world leader since the late 1800's, possibly the most well known country in the world, and without a doubt, one of the most influential. People where American clothing, play American games, eat American food, watch American movies, and read American books. No matter where you go, there will always be a tiny hint of America in there somwehere, even North Korea, but in a more negative sense I suppose. Yes, a lot of America's ideas are borrowed from other places, and many countries helped in its making. So you could say that all countries came together to create something, somehwere where people can be free. America is practically the embodiment of all people. America, statistically, has the most ethical diversity. You could say that ...more

Sorry I have to add that it should be - and these genres not and genres. Heaven forbid, I would not want anyone to think I was saying that all genres of music originated in the U.S.. I had to make sure I corrected that mistake before it was taken wrong.

V 70 Comments
4 Greece Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

Greece, by far the most influential country in the World. Democracy, Philosophy, Alphabet, Mathematics, Physics, Historiography, Poetry and many many more, were born in this land. I mean, is there something Greece haven't invented...?

Jean Richepin, French poet, novelist and dramatist

Break down all of Greece in a depth of 100 meters,
Empty all your museums from around the world,
Break down everything Greek from around the world.

Then erase the Greek language from everywhere,
From your medicine and pharmaceutics,
From your mathematics (geometry, algebra,.. ),
From your physics and chemistry,
From your astronomy,
From your politics,
From your daily life.

Delete math, delete every shape, then turn the triangle into an octagon, the straight line into a curve,

Eliminate geometry from your buildings, your roads, your games, your cars,

Erase the name of every disease and every remedy, delete democracy and politics,

Delete gravity and turn the world upside down, make the satellites have a square orbit,

Change all your books (for in each and everyone of them there will be at least one Greek word),

Erase from your daily life every Greek ...more

Greece has invented pretty much everything. Greece is the root of all new discoveries, Even if the discovery has been made from an other country. And I thing Greece has the biggest history & greatest hero's and philosopher's. I mean if you read about them you're probably start thinking that they might be gods. How do they know so many things that would happen after 2000 years. Just amazing

1 greece
2 serbie
3 kosovo
4 albanie
5 bosnie
6 croate
7 slovanie
8 monetegro
9 macedonie
10 turquie
11 pays bas
12 france
13 allemagne
14 russie
15 chine
16 coree du nord

V 91 Comments
5 France France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to ...read more.

"Haute couture", "Haute cuisine", enlightment, French poetry, litterature, French revolution, Napoleon's "Code civil", croissants, "Guide Michelin", Le Tour de France, French House (Daft Punk, Bob Sinclar, Justice etc), the metric system, which has been created after the revolution and is still used by a lot of countries, Norman conquest of England, the French is spoken in 40 countries, French "Champagne", which is drunk in many opportunities (weddings... ), French wine, French cheese, lingerie, French cinema, tourism, museums (Le Louvre, which is the biggest museum in the world), many French inventions or disciveries : Polonium/radium, radioactivity, blood transfusion, stethoscope, aspirin, first hand transplant, first face transplant, taxi, airplanes, internal combustion engine, submarines, helicopter, Concorde, Denim, modern Bikini, Tanks, modern olympic games, FIFA world cup, UEFA Euro cup...

Invention of the metric system, invention of the cinema, world class cuisine, French language spoken in 40 countries mainly in Europe, Africa and North America!

No doubt about France is a great country, deserving to be in top 5, from USA we have always consider our best allies as famous, without them USA would not be USA and France would not be France. Never forget you guys. We have to help each other and keeping our relationship and friendship.

The people sound like they're deepthroating frogs legs 24/7 but they invented eating snails so I have to give them credit for their bravery there. - LemonComputer

V 34 Comments
6 Italy Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.

Who on earth can deny the influence Italy had on the Western world, and in turn, on the rest of the world? I don't wanna be redundant and repeat once again the incomparable influence this country had on art, music, architecture, science, etc...but just think about the basics of the modern society...

The influence that Italy had on the Western culture is unquestionable, and this can be noticed even by looking at some details of our costumes, such as eating with a fork and a knife. From Shakespeare to Mozart, westerns always got inspired by Italian culture! Anyway, one can immediately understand the influence it had on the whole world if he thinks about a couple of other things. Like, how many languages nowadays use Latin script or have words with Latin roots? How many countries have legal systems and institutions that are based on the Roman ones? And, again, 31% of the world is Christian, and this is due to the fact that the Roman Empire accepted this religion and afterwards ...more

The most influential country with its most important history is by far Italy. Firstly, Western civilization was born in Italy. Today the influence from the Roman Empire is still here with its religion, laws, architecture, and many important inventions, road system, concrete, aqueducts, Latin language, roman alphabet etc, etc, secondly there was the Renaissance where modern science was born, art, music, mathematics. With the inventions of many a musical instruments, violin, piano etc etc. then what came out of Italy and many of Italian ancestry some of the most important inventions that changed the world, the telephone, the internal combustion engine, nuclear reactor, battery, electric generator, induction motor, spectacles, wireless telegraphy, first motorcar and motorcycle, arguably first photograph ( Leonardo the Vinci ) I could go on, there are many more inventions, and I'm not surprised considering Italy has the oldest university in the world. One of the most visited countries I ...more

Ancient Greece may be the cradle of Western civilization - and we owe much to it - but Italy has Rome (law and administration, engineering and weaponry etc. ) AND has been part of all meaningful events including the Scientific and Industrial revolutions and The Enlightenment. So many eras and events that have influenced Western civilization originated in Italy - first among them Rome and the Renaissance. Its achievements and inventions in this time was staggering it can't possibly be listed here. It was Italian merchants and traders who did most of Europe's age of exploration funding in the beginning so Italian influence is ubiquitous 'behind the scenes' historically. It's the perfect culture where modern and tradition collide. The thing that impresses me about Italian history is, thanks in part to its geographic location, how brilliant it was in incorporating other cultures (Greek, Arabic, Norman, Germanic, Austrian, Spanish etc. ) into an Italian one be it through cuisine, fashion ...more

So influential nobody remembers it or knows anything about it. - LemonComputer

V 89 Comments
7 China China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.388 billion. It was established in 1949 by Chairman Mao, the president of the communist party. Its capital is Beijing. The major cities are Shanghai, ...read more.

Great Chinese inventions : navigators COMPASS, silk, BLOCK TYPE PRINTING, one of the first sites for agriculture, GUNPOWDER, PAPER, lacquer pottery, rice cultivation, CAST IRON, fireworks, hand grenades, SEISMOMETER, tea and so on

I am a proud Chinese. Yes the Americans have somehow played a big role in the 19th, 20th and 21st century, but China is the origin of the Chinese, Japanese and Korean culture. China had been the strongest nation on earth some centuries ago. Its culture is the only one of the four great ancient civilizations(Egyptian, Indian, Babylon and Chinese) to last to today. If the Europeans and the Americans had not attacked China, and if China was a part of the Industrial Revolution, China would be way stronger than America now. It is very possible that China will rise to a world superpower in the 21st century. China will eventually get out of communism and have the real democracy. Though China will be a big nation, it would not invade any nation on earth because the most important Chinese value is to make peace between every man.

South KOREA AND jAPAN 'S culture were built on the basis of China. CHina has influenced the cultures of the countries which surround it. It is definitely the greatest culture in the world. By the way, China's economy is keep growing and will catch up USA in the future

The products and things are made in China. The mongol empire.

V 24 Comments
8 India India India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country (with over 1.2 billion people), and the most populous democracy in the world. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. ...read more.

As Mark Twain rightly said - " The country of hundred nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of traditions, "

Albert Einstein said: We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.

Mark Twain said: India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.

French scholar Romain Rolland said: If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.

Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA said: India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.

Jayesh Patel said: However great was our past and great was our treasure, a citizen of India who is alive today needs a job for himself and food for ...more

I Love India mainly for the introduction of arabic numbering system without which we would be left with the rotting roman X's which would have slowed down the innovations by half and I also love India for the Kamasutra and invention of ZERO.

The Country Which Gave Zero,Trignometry,Algebra,Science.Known as Golden Bird in Past.Coloumbus was on way of finding India but found America.India was largest economy in the Past.Only Country in the world having a Ocean named on herself i.e. Indian Ocean.Now India is bringing its glory back which was stolen by Islamist rulers who destroyed Indian heritage,Culture,economy.Taxila world first University was burnt by Muslim Invaders which consisted of millions of books of knowledge.India would have lost its history but thankes to Britishers like william jones who worked on reviving lost history of India.Indus Valley Civilization consisted of world first planned Town

V 70 Comments
9 Germany Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. ...read more.

The exportation is in large part due to top notch education and high skill labor with good wages with one of the world most sophisticated and elaborate infrastructure system. In addition it has a long, sometimes very troubled, history that has produced world class thinkers and poets.

Germany produced most pure souls who deepened our understanding of nature and humankind in such a tremendous extent. One only need to consider about the number of influential philosophers, physicists, mathematicians and chemists that exceed any country. Even no need to mention the inventions origin from there, like car, rocket, bulb, T.V., etc.

Germany is one of the largest exporters since decades, it is the most industrialized country in the world.

Look at the stuff they make. Just Devine.

V 14 Comments
10 Iran Iran Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The capital city is Teheran and the major city is also Tehran. The country's official language is Persian. ...read more.

The Persian Empire
The Persian Civilization
The Persian Calendar that is the most accurate of calendars.
The Jiroft civilization

Why on earth is this not #1. This was THE FIRST civilization and empire. Which crack head votes for England and America. We made many useful inventions, and without us, many modern things would not exist. Yeah, we were the building blocks of civilization, like the base of the building, with out us, there would be almost nothing. We influenced THE ENTIRE WORLD. Persia was in every single continent of the old world (Africa, Asia, Europe), and we invented the most common things, calendar, alphabet, irrigation, EQUAL human rights, government, currency, CIVILIZATION, FARMING, navigation, accurate maps, astronomy, math, science, and I can't name the rest, for there is too many things to name. SO MUCH for 54% of useful inventions were English. Hmm...

Also, they stated the Neolithic Revolution, which started farming, and settlement. This was one of the most important revolutions that happened.<br><br>Now ask yourself. What was more important, the industrial revolution, or ...more - floridiancat

World should be know Iran is the history of human and humanity

Home to worlds most important philosophy and most important and influential religion, Zoroastrianism.
The fact that we get so little credit for the things we done is honestly sad!

V 67 Comments

The Contenders

11 Russia Russia Russia, known as the "Russian Federation", was formed on Dec 25, 1991. It is located mainly in Asia, while a portion of it remains in Europe. The capital and largest city is Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg in terms of population. The country primarily speaks Russian, a Slavic language. ...read more.

Agreed!

Russia is always viewed as the evil bad guy of the world, which is so unfair.
Russia has always influenced Europe and Asia for Hundreds of years,
And because of that influence America is what it now is, the WHOLE new world depended
On the course of EuropeAN history, and Russia has played a big big role in THAT history.

The western view on Russia is always associated with Communism=synonymous with Evil Dictatorship, War, Crimes, etc.
The Russians have had a very harsh history, revolutions, two world, wars, a dictator, a civil war, and a harsh climate!
(Oimyakon has a Januari average of -50 celsius?! )
My history teacher gave me insight about our western corrupted misformed views on the Middle East and Russia.
I bet most Western folks don't even know what Real Communism is!
Only because Stalin was a bad guy doesn't mean that Russians are!
Hitler was German (Austrian actually) But that doesn't mean that Germans are evil!
Everyone always ...more

The western fear of Russia that started in the beginning of the 18th century pretty much explains itself, but even earlier through all history of the Russian nation it was surrounded by enemies, and and fighting never ending invaders while it never had a real ally (while it had "situational allies" and like "common enemy allies" the enemy of my enemy is my friend type) and later with the west that was always trying to sabotage Russian development in different ways (a good example is England).

With all this Russia managed to survive as a strong power, develop a rich culture and its scientists were always among the best in the world.

While the soviet union did a lot of horrible things and many people see it on par with Nazi Germany its people and army managed to defeat a stronger invader same as with napoleon which were the strongest armies in the world in their time, later became a superpower that lasted through half of the 20th century bringing huge ...more

Um... Are you guys stupid? You think a country like "New Zealand" is more influential than Russia? The Russian Empire, the third largest empire in history, stretching from Poland to Alaska. And the Soviet Union, which was the most powerful nation at the time and had a relationship with every nation on earth, and one of only two superpowers. They were primarily responsible for the Allied victory in World War II, and they also put the first satellite and human in space. Russia is THE most powerful country of the 20th century... And possibly of all time, next to the British Empire. VOTE FOR Russia MY COMRADES!

Mother Russia

V 21 Comments
12 Egypt Egypt Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula.

I am not from Egypt but since it is one of the cradles of civilization, it contributed the very first innovations that are still used today and began the journey to scientific discovery. It was not as influential after the decline of Ancient Egypt's power but it should be a little bit further up this list.

Of course it should be Egypt we are one of the cradles of civilization we are the one who built the pyramids we are the ones who taught the greeks and gave them our knowledge and philosophy we were the people who made temples and pyramids when the whole world were living like monkeys

i n the jungle we were the one who invented clock the calendar the make up the dancing the chess the surgical instruments and the cosmetics and the plow and the paper and the ink pen and the shoes and the haircuts and the hairbrush and the haircomb and the tooth paste and the solar calendar and the 365 day calendar and the keys and the lever and the chisel and the door locks and the writing and astronomy and medicine and mathematics and government and high heel shoes and condoms and hair wigs and paved roads and the vases and the glass and the perfumes and wine and scissors and the needle and the ramp and not only that there are still a lot of the Egyptian inventions that I haven't mentioned ...more

Egypt behind Spain, what a shame...

Why is Egypt not up there with Greece? The Greeks looked up to the Egyptians. It's an insult have Egypt 13 if anything it is 1

V 9 Comments
13 Roman Empire

Haha, not even a flag

Art, music, engineering, architecture, politics, military, religion, food, cultureAnd the copious list could keep going. The most significant innovations in human history have came from Italy/ Roman empire. I don't believe anyone could argue that.

The Roman EMpire Shaped the Western Civilization, who in turn Shaped the world.

"It was not a country just a colonialist empire" - surely that makes it better than a country? Even more superior

V 4 Comments
14 Japan Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. ...read more.

Japan was the country to end imperialism whilst also participating in it. It was the first asian country to modernize, and surprise the west. This shows how strong the country of Japan is. Napoleon once said that we should let China sleep, for one day she will shake the world. Japan, however was the true sleeping giant, as it has become one of the most influential capitalist cultures in the world. All of East-Asian modern history owes it's roots to Japan. The whole cute asian trend, that came from Japan. The amazing electronics, that also came from Japan. People don't really see Japan for what it is as the true shining star of Asia, culturally and economically. Japanese culture will continue to influence the youth of other countries for years to come.

Japan is world economic superpower and gave the world much of the electronics we have come to love.

Advanced technology. Rare beautiful culture.

Asian Nazi. You should be shut up and be nice to people around you.
Stop hate the victims to make Japan looks nice

V 15 Comments
15 Spain Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.

The most envious country in the history of the world.

Spain should be first of us wouldn't exist

Culturally I has a huge influence in its former colonies. Spain is a major sports power in Europe and soccer notably.

WHO DISCOVERED AMERICA? WITHOUT SPAIN US WOULDN'T EXIST

V 23 Comments
16 Mongol Empire

Best Empire with Ottoman one, Roman Empire looks so ridiculous compared, just have good reading about that.

Mongol empire's influence on the world is not just war tactic, but trade,communication system, democracy, religious freedom and diplomacy etc.

Great chengis khan took over almost half of the world with the smallest army in the world with the toughest and wisest warriors and best tactics in the world of 12th century. Mongols could have conquered all the discovered lands at that time but due to chengis khans childrens compete for throne mongol empire were divided into pieces and fell down. In modern days chengis khans war tactics are still being used and admired among the powerful nations armies like U. S army and Russian army.

Mongolia have ideal culture and pattern of life that comforts both nature and humans. We understand and comunicate with nature. Once all Mongolians used to be shaman. Western inventions brougth chaos to the world.

17 Netherlands Netherlands

The dutch deserve a higher place since modern capitalism, the declaration of independence and even the success of the british empire were based on dutch ideas. No nation had as much influence on modern western ideas as they die. Truly the athens of modern history. For a long time many great thinkers flocked to Amsterdam in search of freedom and tolerance and contributed to enlightenment of western civilization. I bet John adams and peter the great would agree

The Dutch East India Company was arguably the first megacorporation, possessing quasi-governmental powers, including the ability to wage war, imprison and execute convicts, negotiate treaties, coin money and establish colonies. Many economic and political historians consider the Dutch East India Company as the most valuable, powerful and influential corporation in the world history.

The Dutch are the pioneers of modern agriculture. Anywhere in the world that you travel Canada, US, Australia, South Africa, Brazil Argentina you will find people with Dutch last names owning and operating the largest and most efficient modern farms. The Dutch people are feeding the World

What about the first company? What about the first stock exchange? What about the Dutch golden age

V 14 Comments
18 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is an Arab state in Western Asia (Middle east) constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. The official Language is Arabic The capital city is Riyadh.

The Abrahamic faiths are spread across the globe. (I know it this should include the Arabian Peninsula as a whole) People who are religious put more importance in their faith than other things. And their faith can change their opinions on everything.

This were the Islam started and there is no were like it in the world. I love it

From here the whole world witness one of the greatest movements in history... Islam.

Three words Prophet Mohammed (pbuh)

V 3 Comments
19 Scotland Scotland Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain.

Stop naming Scottish inventions as English or British. They are Scottish inventions. Just like English inventions are England's. If we did so England would be way down in the list. Also US is laughable being at top. They have provided very little especially in their short existence.

Have created a world of educational players in all aspects of life due to John Knox

I love Scotland really better country than some Southern European countries here listed. All the best guys.

We are the people!

V 8 Comments
20 Iraq Iraq Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, is a country in Western Asia. ...read more.

Ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq) is the place where modern civilization started. Things like writing, reading, building, and the most essential part was from Iraq. All other civilization is based on Iraqi civilization. Iraq put the foundation for modern civilization. Is that not enough to be the top list?

Iraq and saoudi arabia should be higher

Iraq has bibal and a long history

21 Portugal Portugal Portugal (est.1152), officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes ...read more.

Pahaha, in the 15th century the king of england had 1/30th of the income the king of Portugal had, the portuguese ruled the seas for more than 200 years, were the first europeans to create the free trade concept, as well as a global trade empire.
The first europeans to have made contact with Japan.
Portugal was the first and longest standing Global empire (from conquering of ceuta 1415 to the independence of timor 2002)
The Portuguese brought Christianity (which is a great influential factor on the world as we know it) to half the population of the world) eventually held most of the known world, while continental portugal at the time of the empires greatest extent had but a few 3 million inhabitants.

Portuguese is spoken by 1/2 billion people today.
I do not understand how the united states were productive or influential to the world, they were influential in a very destructive manner, portugal built the concept of prosperity.

We were the first europeans to ...more

Made the Portuguese language and Roman Catholicism spread to most of the world. They were the best navigators and the most adventurous European nation at the time conquering almost all of Africa and parts of South America known as Brazil today.

Portugal is definitely among the top 10 most influential countries.

There is something everyone keeps forgetting: Portuguese introduced the concept of Diplomacy, imposing themselves by their trading power instead of military force.

Viva Portugal!

Portugal give new world to the world. No one could forget that.

V 12 Comments
22 Denmark Denmark Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.

Behind Italy, Greece, United Kingdom, United States and all of the above...It's so unfair, we discovered America first, we have a viking culture, we are one of the travelers in Europe. We rule the north and we also have the oldest flag in the world. I can't believe it's top 20..This should be on top 3

A country once full of fierce vikings who exerted great control on the surrounding area. Now a somewhat tiny country who's influence can, however, still be felt. Lego was born in Denmark. It is a nice happy country with a great economy.

Once a great powerful nation, who ruled england.

We never ruled england. We had a lot of power, and the people feared us, so they did what we told them to do - oliverpaw

Lego lego

V 4 Comments
23 Turkey Turkey Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, ...read more.

Rulers of the world from the Mongols to the Selijuks to the Ottomans. Ottoman Empire regarded as the most important, powerful, and longest lasting empire in recent history. The Turks effectively controlled all of Asia, Northern Africa, and half of Europe.

Any pool not included Turks at top 3 is complete bull, from the fifth century to today every great event, o we its place to Turks as enemy or friend. If you get Turks out there wont be any history since 2 millennia

Mongols.. Huns.. Ottomans... Turks were the rulers of the world before United States and since U.S. gained power in last century Turkey deserves the title.

Why the most powerful countries at the top?!?
i'm living in england for a while and ı really search for its history and there is obviously so few noticiable events

V 7 Comments
24 Soviet Union Soviet Union

I'm surprised that the Soviet Union is so low. I mean, it was only present for over the course of the 20th century, but the Cold War has really, really left it's mark on history thus far. The USA and USSR are without a doubt the the two most influential nations of the modern era, since their rivalry created North/South Korea, the Vietnam War, the rise of Al-Qaeda (And by extent the War on Terror), the nuclear arms race, the Space Race, and the spread of Communism to areas such as Cuba and China, where it still exists today. Not to mention, without the Soviets we would've been toast against Nazi, and I might be typing this up in German for all I know.

Of course, I would put these guys below the USA, but only because the USA won the Cold War and still exists to influence the world in the present.

Russia, the world's largest country, became a country when the Soviet Union Broke up - Wobblygaming7

25 Austria Austria Austria was Celtic (Hallstadt) then as Noricum, part of the Roman Empire, Alaric, who took over Rome, studied at a monastery near Vienna. In the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Emperors moved to Vienna, then Austria became separate. Medieval documents from Eastern Europe as far as West Ukraine were often ...read more.

A rich and beautiful country that is economically powerful and rich in natural landscapes.

Overlooked. Austria was one of the main powers in Europe in modern history and left us with a huge amount of cultural heritage. Also, Austrians caused both World Wars, events that have an enormous influence on life nowadays.

The capital of western music

26 Philippines Philippines The Philippines was established in March 16, 1521 and named in honor of a Spanish King whose name is King Philip of Spain II. It is located at Asia, specifically at Southeast Asia. The capital is Manila. 89% of the people there currently are native, while 11% of people there are foreigners.

Philippines is one of countries that has rich in resources and has a very great history. It is also one of the beautiful countries in the world. The peoples are very welcome to the tourist especially the foreigners.

Why? We suffered for 333 years under the Spanish control and we fought for our motherland. Filipinos wanted to fight back, even if it's worth dying for. We have Jose Rizal, he wrote everything down on a paper. We have 3 independence, by Spain, America and Japan.

Philippines is undeniably one of the countries in the world with great history. Stretching from the era of Spanish Colonization to the corruptions of its current government. - joshsanz

Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia & finally, this nation which claims to be the 5th SEAsian country with strong impact of history & culture. From Negritos which are the first ones to arrive to other nationalities could welcome diversity with strong impacts of history & culture like Indonesians, Malaysians, Chinese, Spanish, Americans, Japanese, South Koreans, British & more sorts of nationalities that captivate the beautiful history & culture of the Philippines!

V 6 Comments
27 Romania Romania Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 238,391 square kilometres and a temperate-continental climate. With over 19 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh-most-populous member state ...read more.

Romania made so many scientific discoveries!

28 Norway Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard.

It's often thought about but we discovered North America first! NO, Italy doesn't get that! Columbus didn't do anything except for proving to the people that it existed. People already kind of knew it 400 years before Comunbus. Poor underappreciated Norway.

The country that's got it all - but is still saving for tomorrow

Our vikings discovered Ameica first by the way

29 Mexico Mexico Mexico, officially the United Mexican States, is a federal republic located in North America. The country is located between the U.S. and Central America, and is known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts, and jungles.

Mexico is the 20th most influential country in the world in 2013. Mexican food is considered one of the unique cuisines in the world; the country with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Americas;Oil exporter, one of the most visited countries in the world; a G20 member, etc, etc,...

Great Country That Were I was Born. But I grew up in the usa since I was seven or nine years of age both are great countries and they both deserve to be on the list.

Mexico should be in the top 10 because most clothes in the U.S.A are made by Mexican residence and Mexicans make amazing food that everyone will enjoy. So top 10 Mexico

Bacanes I'm mexican Fierro Pariente

30 Poland Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north. With a population of approximately ...read more.

I'm not polish... But Poland is part of many creations and most people don't know about it

Poland is a country of contrast. Poland has always been one of the most important part on Europe. However, people who once marked the priorities in many areas has been betrayed and robbed by neighbors and allies. It was so to this day, is still said to be the worst in the world to have an excuse to plunder and exploit it. However, tradition and culture will survive forever. Viva la Poland!

Poland actually had a large influence over the world in culture by being a negative example for different matters, mostly by being a victim it showed many other nations what mistakes should be avoided at all cost. No I am not laughing.

Poland had a lot of great people before, you just didn't hear about them foreigners

V 1 Comment
31 Ottoman Empire

I have no idea why this is so low because in truth, if it were not for the ottomans Europe would not of needed to find new routes to Asia, the Americas would not of been discovered.

IT was huge

True

32 Vatican

This is the core of Christianity. When the conclave starting, the people around the world watching until midnight and some others are went to vatican to watch live. And this march, 2013 all T.V. are staying tuned to watch the pope coming at the balcony

Is that a joke?

Italia

33 Ireland Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.

Brought about the start of the finish of the British empire and asserted the right of small nations to be free

We made Halloween st. Patrick's day which influences every one to drink

Ireland also restored Christianity to Northern Europe.

According to the Duke of Wellington, it was the Irish regiments that saved the British army in the Naoleonic Wars.

An Irishmsn created the US Navy.

An Irishman created the submarine.

But the best thing the Irish did was create Halloween.

Half the U.S. presidents - built Britain, US and Austrialia. March17th celebrated in every country in the world - other than Christmas and Santa, St Patrick and Ireland celebrate the next most famous day in the worlds calendar.

34 Belgium Belgium Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. A small and densely populated country, it covers an area of 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 square miles) and has a population of more than 11 million.
35 Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe . It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities . ...read more.

It is influential because of the foundation of the Red Cross, which was a very important "Invention" for People who suffer from war-mongering states, kings or other despots

Love this country

In 1989 Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in Geneva. In 1993, CERN released the software into the public domain, the World Wide Web was born, and the way we find, browse and share information changed forever.

36 Persia

Persia is Iran right? I mean they're the same. But still biggest empire od the world

37 Cambodia Cambodia Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. Its busy capital, Phnom Penh, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum's historical and archaeological exhibits. In ...read more.

What a majestic kingdom country that I ever seen when I went there to Thailand which is its neighbor. Powerful kingdoms, majestic temples, traditions that hooked up by many people in Cambodia & more that what they offered, this is believed to be the 4th SEAsian country with strongest influence of history & culture!

goat

Cambodia is the history country that have to many temple like Angkor what Temple, Preas Vihea Temple, Ta Prom, Bonteay Srey Temple...and many resort history.

38 Pakistan Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan and is known as the world's second most beautiful capital city. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second ...read more.

Every thing present here but undiscovered, Gold, Iron, Copper, Uranium and much more

AN UGLY country with rebels

It is best in various thing which can't be jotted down

It's rich with history as old as 2500 BCE, largest settlement of Indus Civilization.
Pakistan if full of beautiful landscapes, you'll find mountains, deserts and coastal beauty here.
People are hospitable.

V 3 Comments
39 South Korea South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.

Korea is famous for its rich history in Asia after China. Korea did a good job giving cultures to Japan in ancient times also was very intelligent to change its Chinese influenced cultures to their own wonderful culture. I wasn't surprised when their gangnam style video became the most viewed video in the world in such a short time. Good job Korea!

South Korea is the twelfth largest economy in the world and the world's sixth largest exporter. It recovered the effects of the war very quickly and unlike Germany after WW2, Japan was a jerk towards Korea after it ruined and invaded Korea in the most horrible way - taking its land, trying to change its most historic buildings and taking the culture away. Its music is also very good, very commonly found around the world where there are many world tours taking place. - Isabella

Why is this nation with the highest wifi connection, $35000 gdp per capita, housing enormous companies and advanced country, is in the 36th place, below cambodia?

Many of these comments here are sure made from those Japanese who have big inferiority towards Korea cause Korea gave you cultures during ancient times. I'm American but I lived in Japan so I know this. If you Japanese want to claim something practice with your grammars first lol so childish

V 4 Comments
40 Indonesia Indonesia Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia. Ruled by the Dutch for over 300 years and Japan for 3 years and 6 months, the country gained independence in 1945, or exactly in 17th August 1945. Jakarta is the capital city, located in the island of Java. Major languages ...read more.

Indonesia is the best effect country of the world! Because so many country want Indonesia become their country at history! - arismunandar

Indonesia has the most powerfully-rich history & culture. Thailand followed after it when it comes to the most powerful South East Asian Culture, this is the most-developed country in Southeast Asia which is the 16th most developed nation in the world as part of the G-20 organization. Never ever give up, Indonesia! #AkuCintaIndonesia

Kingdom of srivijaya and majapahit were the greatest in southeast Asia,
Both kingdom's capital located in Indonesia

One of Non-Allignment Move founder.
Founder of Conefo, an international organisation for developing countries to surpass two blocks after WWII.
Its influence the world, right?

41 Ethiopia Ethiopia Ethiopia, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a sovereign state located in the Horn of Africa.

Greatest black country in the world proud to be Ethiopian.,

Just really need to be higher

Ever greatest

Well...All of us, I and you that is reading this comment can trace back our origins to Ethiopia. We have an old old ancestor that was born there.
Everybody (no matter the skin color) should be proud of this country.

V 5 Comments
42 Hungary Hungary Hungary is a sovereign state in Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast.

A great history in middle of Europe.

43 Nepal Nepal Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a sovereign state located in South Asia. ...read more.

Best country... The land of 'gurkha'.. Known as land natural born braves. Combined with britain in world wars and formed 'british gurkha troop'... We even have a history that we defeated british forces with modern weapons just with the help of our khukuri.. Our history is great... Even it was the birth place of lord buddha the founder of buddhism, birthplace of renowned artist arniko who introduced pagoda style of architechture in china from nepal,... Even we have very old palaces and temples which are incredible and they reflect our civilization...

My Country Is The Greatest Of All

Best country in the history

Despite sandwiched between India and China, it's the country that was unruled by Britain's,who ruled both China and India.!
Gurkha's, the bravest people on the earth!

44 Sweden Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. ...read more.

The swedish King Gustav II Adolf invented modern warfare. Sweden have had great influence in history. Deserves at least 10

Sweden has been apart of so so much.big nation of history

45 New Zealand New Zealand

Many of its former politicians lead global organisations. It has huge soft power capabilities beyond its small size and geographic isolation. With the global power orientation moving from the Euro-Atlantic region into the APEC region and with its huge capital resources and food production capabilities, NZ along with Australia are becoming more influential and will be surpassing many other older societies with respect to influence and smart power in the years ahead. Finally it (along with Australia is a member of the FEYES (Five Eyes Global Intelligence Network).

New Zealand...an innocent and young little country sitting far away from the rest of the world...is the most influential country in the world. Not 'was' the most...'is' the most. 'How? That's ridiculous! ' I hear you say. Yep - and we don't even have many people...or time on our side.

What is influence? Influence affects the actions, opinions and behaviour of others. Let's see if insignificant NZ can prove it influences your life right now. You can talk as much as you like about how great the major countries have been with incredible ideas - philosophy, inventions and movements done millennia ago - but the reality is, that's part of every nation's history now...it's old hat. That horse has galloped, and it's over here now, in New Zealand.

Let's begin with Rutherford, a Kiwi (thereby a derivative of Britain), the world would not have stopped the Japanese Empire without the atom bomb - thereby allowing the Pacific and China freedom to be who they are today, and allowing ...more

46 Brazil Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.

Why is Brazil so low? It is the fith most populated country, an economic
Giant, and has several cultural exports, such as carnival. It hosted the world. Cup and will host the olympics.

47 Jamaica Jamaica Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, consisting of the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles.

Probably the biggest tiny island in the world--big in terms of cultural influence. Reggae, sports, Rastafarianism, coffee, many, many influential people.

V 1 Comment
48 Georgia Georgia Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region. Located at the crossroads between Eastern Europe and Western Asia it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russian Federation, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The country's capital and a largest city ...read more.

In XII century Georgia was one of the strongest countries in the world!
Georgia has own alphabet and great culture!
Georgia has 3 000 years history, it was created by union of Iberia and Colchis.

JOSEPH STALIN won 2nd world War!

P.s he was GEORGIAN and NOT RUSSIAN

49 Serbia Serbia Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a sovereign state situated at the crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans.

They all started. High economy. They were one of the oldest villages. They were one of the first countries with school. They are so kind and nice and it's shining with love. It might not be rich, big and powerful but it's small and has a lot of meaning to me cause my R.I.P. mother was Serbian.

Country with so rich history!

Serbia contributed lot, but I will just give you one name - Nikola Tesla (Nationality: Serbian; born in Austro-Hungarian empire, today Croatia, lived and worked in U.S.). For the rest, do research.

50 Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, was established in 681 ad. and since then it never changed it's name, which makes it one of the oldest countries in Europe. Located in the Balkan Peninsula between Greece, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia and Black Sea. The Capital of Bulgaria is Sofia, ...read more.

Greatest collection of people ever. If it was not for Bulgaria's internal affairs and unfriendly neighbours, the ottomans would never have wiped 500 years of our history away. Bulgaria would have dominated in everything.

The country with the most brilliant history of all, most beautiful, most strong and a true paradise of this world

You can Google it- the first country in Europe and the oldest one. The cradle of all slavi civilizations the first among them, most glorious in Europe along with the roman empire.

Best country of the world

PSearch List

Related Lists

Most Influential Country & Folk Artists Top Ten Most Influential Animals In Human History Most Influential Figures in Heavy Metal History Top Ten Most Influential Moments in History Most Influential Stunters in History

List Stats

7,000 votes
114 listings
6 years, 90 days old

Top Remixes (50)

1. China
2. France
3. India
fully4U
1. Russia
2. France
3. India
vlado
1. United States of America
2. United Kingdom
3. France
Canada00

WRemix
View All 50

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.
P