The Most Influential Country In the History of the World

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

If balanced in his views Munandar will have changed his mind about Trump as president of the USA. Lord Maynard Keynes famously said; "When the facts change I change my mind" Keynes also initiated thinking to share helps all, including the rich who shared their wealth. The New Deal in America, after the 1930 Stock Mkt Crash & 1933 economic slump, benefited from Keynes ideas. The US loaned, not gave aid to countries who'd lost much in the 2nd World War. The USA was founded with 100ys of subsidies from Britain. Canada, Australia, New Zealand also India, which didn't exist as a country under Mogul Empires, it was created by the British and thousands of years of wars on subcontinent ended. Worldwide Refugees flee to former British Countries ahead of other countries..

It was just the most succecful empire once. WE created America, canada, australia and lots more without us they wouldn't be here. There was victorian times we created trains, factories and lots of Other stuff what AMERICA took credit for WE create the camera WE created the phone WE created the best Empire and superpower And GERMANY created Rockets. Then you go take glory of 'OH I LANDED ON the MOON FIRST USSR!' Ussr was first in space not america. Overall Usa isn't a bad country at all I have some really nice american friends, They're lucky to have donald trump he has done lots of good stuff a couple bad stuff but overall he seems like a good guy, You have some pretty damn good food and landmarks like New york city is just pretty same with Florida and California. The problem with america is that they still are racist with women, natives and lots more and while in England be yourself!
The other problem in america is that the laws aren't very good like why allow guns You get loads of ...more

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!

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!

2 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 its current prime minister is more.

The UK, United Kingdom, was over a decade the world's most powerful Empire. Wherever you go you will find a trace of British involvment, especially in the USA. The USA were orginially a British colony- how much of US influence on the world today is because of the British influence on US?

Also, in other parts of the world, the British Empire brought civilization and culture. For example, India, a country which was under British control until after WWII. The Empire were not only a influence in culture and civilization, many terrible inventions originates from the days of the Empire, for example, the concentration camps. However terrible deeds which may have been committed during the time of the Empire, their influence on today's society is remarkable. The United Kingdom deserves the #1 spot as the most influential country of all time. Long live the Queen!

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

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

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.

3 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 more.

For being such a short-lived country no other in history has accomplished so much. There are many flaws and abuses; however, no conquering country has been as lenient and helpful to the conquered as the U.S. (Germany, Japan, and the former Soviet bloc). The current Pax Americana has led to more world freedom and prosperity than any other ruling civilization in history. The U.S Constitution is the longest living ruling document in history and continues to serve the U.S. very well - a tribute to it's writers. Even the lower middle class of the world live better than most kings of antiquity. Without the U.S. and its pivotal role in stopping tyranny in the 20th century this would not be the case.

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

4 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 more.

"Haute couture", "Haute cuisine", enlightenment, French poetry, literature, 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 discoveries: 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...

Quite simply no other country except perhaps England and Spain has had such an impact on the world. France for most of its multi-millenial history dominated Europe, controlling it very directly for decades as late as the 19th century, and its power within Europe was responsible for example for the alliance of Scotland with England, and the unifications of both Germany and Italy. These countries developed out of opposition to France. France also colonised half of North America, large parts of Africa (and as such drew the borders of many countries there), had a strong influence in Japan and colonised many Southeast Asian countries (Indochina). I am not talking about any cultural influence which has also been huge, just political and military influence here. So much of the world we know today has been influenced and often even designed by France. If you know any history, you know France should take #1.

Since France has long been on top of the European powerhouse core it has been therefore also on the summit of the political stage of the continent that shaped the modern-day world. The French revolution was undoubtedly one of the most important events in world history and even though the French language is not the global lingua Franca anymore, it remains as a major language and is believed to be so in the future reaching an even more relevant role due to its growing status as a second language in almost half of the African continent. Because we're talking about influential countries it seems mandatory to include France above all keeping in mind its prestige in the global cultural scene considering the culture as a central issue in any "influential" approach. Perhaps France matches neither the technological achievements of the UK, USA or Germany nor the military power of Russia (even so being in both subjects historically important) but in terms of influence-related matters especially ...more

Even though France ultimately lost to England over world hegemony, France has still influenced the world in many ways. The French language was at one point the most sought after in Europe and hence a lot of vocabulary comes from French. Napoleonic law was spread by France. Enlightenment ideals was mainly spread thanks to France after the French revolution.

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

This votes are crap. After I typed this topic into google, I discovered this in google search. It is really weird to vote USA on top or England on second. It is not like, that those countries have influenced the world with totally new technologies. They just improved them. What is Japan's best thing to do. For me, it is a race between The Roman Empire, Greece, Germany (in modern influences), Egypt, Assyrian. Because they discovered and influenced new technologies and the way to them the most.
And Greek should definitely be first. I don't know what stupid persons are voting here, but I am stupid myself to go here...

Greece, is the most influential! The world runs with Greece's achievements! The people of ancient Greece lived nearly 4,000 years ago. Yet even today, their culture impacts our lives! We received many gifts from the ancient Greeks, and we should respect and acknowledge them! The largest accomplishment the Ancient Greeks did was that they developed, and introduced Philosophy, Literature, theater, poetry, music, physics, Beauty pageants, astronomy, laws, Mathematics, and just about everything to the West, and to the whole world, which is the basis of their own cultures today. Greece should be first without a question!

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

As Great Britain and The Unites States of America both show up higher on this list it is safe to say with out Greece they would not appear on this list at all as the influence, the inventions and innovations of Greece has itself created the entirety of western civilization. Without the development of democracy modern government would not exist. Without geometry and astronomy modern science and mathematics would not have come into existence and therefore no industrial revolution and no moon landing.

6 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, more.

China, a country that is made up of more than 1.5 billion people. Even before the massive acceleration of the growth of the human race, China still remains a great country. The Ancient Chinese managed to unify many lands and people together and as time went on, this got more stable and bigger.
It also affected directly most of Asia. Their culture is one of the oldest ones around, and pierced its way, through direct and indirect contact with other countries. Countries like Mongolia, North and South Korea, Japan, all use scripts that are derived from the Chinese. Their religions are also because of their influence.
And as of today, it'd be no understatement to say that China is one of the strongest countries and most influential in the global economy and trade.

China is unparalleled in history. It was one of the first centralized states as we think of a centralized state today - Egypt, Mesopotamia, Syria and India being the others. What's different for China is that it undoubtedly was the largest one by far. For most of human history China had the biggest population and economy BY FAR, centralized within the same state. This was very conducive for huge innovation in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. In modern history China fell a bit short but it looks like China is rising again.

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.

The world history is just the race between China and the West. For thousamds of years China had been leading the world in every aspect while the Western countries were in war and turmoil, until the Qing doctrine took hold(retarded China) and the Industrial revolution begun in Europe. US is just product of European countries, and is leading the world due to the fall behind of China in the last century. But now China has regained its economy, and soon will regain its place in military and culturally.

7 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. more.

India is a country where there is humanity. People of India care for others forgetting about themselves which I experienced in India. Number system, zero, plastic surgery, algebra, pythogaros theorem, ayurveda, yoga etc... where first invented in India. There are great warriors which are equal to hundreds of alexanders in India. It is real these warriors are before Christ. Alexander the great himself told that Indian soldier the king Puru is the most powerful than Alexander. The king Puru is from India. The Indian marine commandos are the most powerful in the world. Contractor Hafeez is the greatest civil engineer of the world who is from India. Many world records are set by Indians.

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

Like China, India has had the largest economy and population for millennia in history, but unlike China it wasn't for as a long time centralized under one state. India was fragmented much more. But nonetheless this huge population and economy was very conducive for building civilization and large innovations.

I am proud of my country for its ancient heritage. Indian subcontinent was called as "Golden Bird", empire was so much extended, Indus valley & Harappan civilization are one of major beginnings of modern humankind, the computer we are working on & the tech we are proud to own would have been impossible without 0- ZERO, and Ayurveda and medical practices like surgeries are one of contributions (Sushruta was world's first surgeon who during ancient times performed complicated surgeries and even wrote book)...

8 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. 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.

Not only history. We don't know the reality of their history. Dumplings and Ramen is Japan's original. Look at Kanji which is Chinese characters but made from our fantastic Japan!

Human beings' origin is South Korea.
South Korea swayed the world 3000 years ago.
South Korea often built the big country.
And South Korea is respected from all over the world now.
I am proud as a South Korean.
South Korea was a champion of the Eurasian Continent before about 1000 years.
I was taught.

I'm sorry, but everything significant or unique about Japanese culture has been derived/copied from China. Japan should be grateful to the U.S. that they were able to develop into the country that they are today (although their economy is currently declining rapidly) by effectively becoming a puppet state to the Americans after their defeat in WW2.

To the person who voted for China saying all Korean and Japanese culture is rooted in China, you're right, but if that's accepted as a legitimate reason for this ranking then pretty much all western countries need to be removed in favor of Rome (Italy) or Greece. See how obsurd your opinion is?

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

Russia has had the most impressive metamorphose this world has ever seen. During the Migration period Eastern Slavs were living on the fringes of Europe, constantly under attack and suppression by Turkic, Mongolic, Tatar, Uralic and Germanic peoples, nearly being stamped out of existence numerous times. Then during the early Middle Ages the first Slavic states, the Kievan Rus, was founded but soon fell in to disarray and fragmented, and then after that it was nearly annihilated by the Golden Horde, only allowed to live at the mercy of these ruthless invaders. Then during the 1400s something big happened, Russians in the Grand duchy of Moscow and in Novgorod threw off their shackles and not only defeated their masters but subjugated them instead. Then, in not even 200 years, the Russians had expanded from some duchies in Eastern Europe to all over Eurasia, and in the 200 years after that Russians had created the biggest land empire the world had ever seen at that point since the Mongol ...more


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 developments in ...more

The world would be a very different place if it wasn't for Russia, if you take butterfly effect into consideration than the influence this great nation had on our planet is impossible to measure or even comprehend. Things like the space race for example, a lot of people when they think space technology they only think about the astronauts floating on the space station taking photos. There is actually a tone of technology breakthroughs that came from all over the world thanks to the space race in the 60's. Anyway that's just one example.

10 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. more.

The diversity of ideas the thinkers of this country spread over the centuries lead to the highest pinnacles of human achievement, but also to the greatest terrors humankind could face. The ability of its people to stand up again after grave mistakes, acknowledge what went wrong and try to do right the next time, is probably why Germany's achievements in science, technology, philosophy, the arts and warfare can only be matched by few countries - if not by none.

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.

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.

Hitler was a great man, not to mention the glorious NSDAP party that managed to take over Germany and steer it in it's right direction, killing unemployment and shaping Germany into a great nation once more, ready to take on the entire world.

They also defeated the filthy communists!

The Contenders
11 Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. more.

Us Italians have influenced life as we speak, our ancestors, the romans live and were formed within our Italian border, thanks to them, the world we all know today exists. Afterwards our people influenced the future of the world by creating new inventions and ways of living and plus the reinnascanse started here, as time went on we gave the world more to offer until we reach the modern day world, all though today we aren't as influencial as we once were, we still are influencial in our own way and all and all we did shape a large part in the course of humanity.

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

Italy was known as "The Mother of the World" during the Roman period; thus implying its major contributions to the world. From art, to food even language and government. Every corner of the world has a piece of Italian influence. Latin America was colonized by Spain and Portugal, but the language of Spanish and Portuguese are based off of Latin which was Proto-Italian. China was visited by Marco Polo, the African country of Somalia got its name from Italian. And there is speculation that the first non-native people to set foot onto North America were Romans; needless to say that Europe as a whole was influenced by Italy as well, especially during the Roman period and the renaissance.

Without the Italian culture, the world as we know today would not exist. First, the Italian nation should come first. Second thing: England is part of the United Kingdom. Third thing: Italy is culture, including its fabulous gastronomy, ( not French cuisine that it's a copy of Italian, like Paris with Rome) if you go to Italy you will go home happy. Italy is the country with the largest cultural and artistic heritage of the world (60% of the assets of the 'UNESCO). Finally, the Italian population is the best, is a mixture of avant-garde but also tradition, Italians may be the greatest among scientists, but they also respect their traditions and local cultures. Italy is the queen of style, from the decor to the kitchen and dressing. Italy was supposed to be at the first place, as in my heart.

12 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. more.

-Oldest Nation in the world (5,000 years old).
-5 time Superpower
-Always been a Global Power
-First Civilization
-Largest Empire of the Ancient Period (3000BC-1798), unlike the British they conquered World powers not weakened or poor nations
-Created one of the worlds greatest poetry, arts and music
-Created Algebra, theorized Modern Medicine and its practices, the windmill, the wheel, first water management system, anesthesia, created the law of conservation of mass, speed of light is finite, first mathematical explanation of the rainbow.
-Hasn't stolen history, culture, science, mathematics, engineering from every nation (unlike the Europeans)
-First declaration of Human Rights
-Most importantly, it's been standing for 5,000 years unlike Greece, Britain, USA, Germany, Italy, France, Greece

Sadly the Europeans only teach their children about their own history, hence why 200 year old nations are in the top ten.

This should be #1. Modern civilization and democracy originated in Persia, and the Achaemenid Persian Empire is still the most powerful empire in human history, more powerful than Rome, Britain, or even the US today. They had the highest percentage of the world's population, and were the first superpower. Unlike their rivals, they promoted social tolerance and outlawed slavery. Never has one country exerted as much power as ancient Iran. History is always written by the winning side, and therefore ancient Greece took credit for a lot of Iran's accomplishments. Anti-Iranian sentiment is so prevalent today that people like to overlook that it was the Persians who created the world as we know it. Futhermore, Iran really is the only country on Earth that has consistently remained powerful for over 5,000 years.

Iran is one of the oldest countries with the most beautiful culture that gad one of the greatest and the best empires on earth such as the Persian empire. It is the start of great civilizations. Iranians always spread science and technology and Iran is one of the best and most scientific countries with great scientists and philosophers. Iran always helped the human kind to improve. Iranians wrote the first declaration of human rights and has many beautiful and different cultures in one country that never had racism and about 6 different races of people living in it with one of the best languages and literature.

The influence that Persian civilization has had on the world, in particular in the development of European history and socio-political institutions is criminally under-rated. The Achaemenid Empire was the first true cosmopolitan empire in history, and it set the model for pretty much every empire to follow, including the Romans who learned from the Persians that maintaining large geographic and multi-ethnic empire required social tolerance, as well as military and political restraint when dealing with neighbouring empires. Likewise the later Sassanian empire was the foundations upon which early Arab Islamic civilization was undoubtedly built, and it was the Arabs who preserved most of the works of roman and Greek antiquity which later resulted in the Renaissance which brought Europe out of the Dark ages.

13 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

For centuries, when people think of taboo-breaking, the first word that comes to mind for any living soul is: "The Netherlands". Or well, Amsterdam. It's that country the city of The Netherlands is situated in.

14 Scotland Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. Scotland is the most mountainous, and least densely populated country in the United Kingdom.

Can’t believe how uneducated this post is! Scotland invented most of the things listed under England/Britain as you call it. Can’t let us have anything eh?

Scotland is in with a shout, Just a short look on wiki and you see the sheer impact and what’s more contrast with England, military and weapon innovations are notibly less. However, scientific and medical are much the same or greater, which says a lot about the countries priorities. I would also say the significance of some of these is quite staggering such as discovery of electromagnetism, identification of its origins and treatment of malaria. Go Scotland!

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.

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

15 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 excelled in all fields of science. Today's e=mc^2 wouldn't have been discovered without the Egyptians' discoveries. They excelled in astronomy, medicine, architecture, mathematics, physics, alchemy and many other. The top countries listed here woulnt have attained its position without Egypt

It’s very funny most of other countries talking about how they dominated and stole the wealth of others, however I can’t see much countries talking about real civilization or contribution to the modern world.

Spain being the first global true power (jokers), maybe one of the first thieves lol

16 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, 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

Admit it...Turkey had a TON of influence before the fall of the Ottoman Empire! Now, it's looking to rebuild a NEW Ottoman Empire under Erdogan, I don't know if ultra conservative Erdogan will be able to pull it off though.

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.

17 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.

If the Iberian never declared war against the Moors, the peninsula would still be an Arab state, and another failure to the crusaders. If they haven't won the war 500 years ago, the Portuguese would have never sail south to Africa and begin the slave trade, and, most importantly, the Spanish would have never sail West to the Americas. This was a huge point in history that literally changed the world and among the most important. Although they haven't made any changes after their American colonies independence of the 1800s, this would not be possible if they have never won the war. Spain also helped with to spread new ideas, like math and science as well as art and literature during the renaissance.
Spain should be above not only the US but as well France, Germany, Italy, England/UK, Russia, and Japan since their changes are more recent. Only other countries that should be above Spain should be Greece, China, Ancient Egypt, Persia/Iran, Roman Empire and India.

Spain influence in America (from North to South), good or bad (probably both) is indubitable. And also in other world areas, along with Portugal -another very influential country-, mainly through religion, food and some vocabulary (even Japan...E.G., did you know that Tempura is an iberian recepy and comes from a Portuguese word? ). Some of the best artists in the world were Spanish, particularly in painting (from Velázquez -maybe the best painter ever? - to Picasso, and many others in between), and literature in Spanish (specially fresh and original in Latin America) is rich and variate. Unfortunatelly, Spain has contributed scarcely to Science... Maybe in forthcoming centuries!

Spain practically developed the way of the modern world: a global currency, a modern navy, the first coloniser of the New World. The Spanish empire basically created the demographics of the modern world and its losses paved way for the territorial and political gains of the US and UK. Not only that, but Catholicism was spread throughout the world and Spanish became the world's most spoken European language.

Spain sponsored Columbus first travel to America and, then conquered important territories in North, Central and South America. It also conquered a number of territories in Asia. Nowadays, Spanish is the second-to-third most influential language in the world. The GDP in Spanish would be the third in the world, after the GDP of the combined English speaking countries and the GDP in mandarin.

18 Iraq Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, is a country in Western Asia. 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 was where civilization started

Iraq and saoudi arabia should be higher

Iraq has bibal and a long history

19 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 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

Without Portugal, there would not be Brazil and Mozambique!
We were the richest country (Yes, more than The British Empire) for 400 years! We were the ones that brought the curry to India and we are much older than bloody Spain! And we are the Longest Global Empire In The World! Without us 900 Million would not be Christians as they are today! At least we should be at the top 10!

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!

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.

20 Mongol Empire

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.

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.

21 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.

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.

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

Once a great powerful nation, who ruled england.

Denmark is great.

22 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, more.

Erasing Canada from the world would result in: the loss of many important cities, like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver etc. It would be the loss of once the tallest tower in the world (CN Tower) followed by the loss if skyscrapers that defined many important things today (1000 De La Gauchetière: the center of Bell, First Canadian Place: One of the tallest structures in the world) It would also erase a huge portion of Niagara Falls, an important tourist attraction, thinking about it, Canada shapes the world

How can anyone imagine a world without Canada?!

Canada has contributed Justin Bieber to the world.

Not yet, but has the potential to

23 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 more.

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.

Many people overlook the fact that Austria was a major world power until 1918 when her empire was split apart.

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

24 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 is where the fastest-spreading religion of the world started. What more can we say? What a shame Saudi Arabia is on the 23rd! By the way I'm not an Arab.

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

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

25 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,...

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

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.

Bacanes I'm mexican Fierro Pariente

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