Top 10 Most Powerful Countries in the World

The Top Ten
1 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.

I think that in the coming decades, the influence of the United States in the world will decrease, while the influence of Asian countries such as China or India will grow.
Any nation in its development reaches a peak, after which it declines or collapses.
The British Empire was once the most powerful country in the world, but over time it has lost its influence. Russia quickly pulled ahead after the October Revolution, becoming the 2nd most powerful country in the world, with a claim to 1 place, but then collapsed just as rapidly in 1991 and will no longer rise in the foreseeable future.
I think the United States will face a similar fate in this century. It will probably not experience such a deafening fall as Russia, but its influence in the world will continue to decline.
The closest competitor, which in a number of respects has already surpassed the United States, is China.

Wrong. That Dictator we have in the White House caused damage to our country. Our military is reduced to nothing, we owe China 19 trillion to them (We've rebuilt China which is terrible). And most and for all that...Terrible person in the White house tried to take our 2nd amendment which is a violation to Congress and the Bill of Rights. Were going to be replaced by China 1st place, Russia 2nd place and were gonna be in 3rd place. Soon our country we be taken over and we'll be under communism all thanks to that man in the White House. We need to remove him and impeach him.

Thank you President Obama you helped us a lot for damaging our country

While USA is hands down the most famous country, I do not think it is the most powerful anymore. India, China and the UK are all examples of countries that have handled their power a lot better and in doing so have earned the respect that is essential when power and authority is involved. I do however still think that at the heart of the states is still the very same country that was once globally renowned for the freedom and rights it offered it's citizens and I do actually believe that this country can be resurrected to it's former state, that is, under the right ruling and willingness from it's population to bring it back to become the country that was once so desirable and loved. I do not mean to offend anyone by this statement and yes, in some cases, America can be a nice country. But it also has a lot of flaws that need to be fixed because your mistakes are not just affecting yourselves anymore they're affecting everyone else in the world too

US is the best country in the world and it will always be. America is #1 almost everything, best economy, military, most successful people, best sports, best places to go for visit or living, richest, strongest, most successful and powerful country. US is a big country. What I mean by that is it's a very powerful country. The size is also big, not the biggest country but it's at lest either 3rd or 4th biggest country in the world for their size. We have lots of people. You can even see almost every race. It's the third most populated country in the world. First is China, then second is India. It's also a popular country too. A lot of people wants to either live or visit USA. We even have all the good new technology. Our country has two types of governor which is Democracy and Republic. Now it's Democratic until every 4-8 years, when the election happens, it could either Change or be the same. It depends what people vote more of, either democracy or republic. Also we have liberty and ...more

2 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.

I believe India is the most Powerful country in the world. You may not see that it exhibits its power of army, navy and air-force. Because India is a peace loving country. Will use only to defense but not to attack.

The most powerful thing is mind. Indian people are playing an active role with great intelligence. You can get that by looking at newly appointed CEOs of Microsoft, Google etc.

In terms of wealth, yes, Indians are rich even financially. Unfortunately, wealth is blocked in the form of black money, gold and some in the museums of other countries. For instance Indian Diamond, "Koh-I-Noor" the most expensive diamond in the world, being the part of the Crown of Queen Elizabeth is not with India.

India is a very powerful country. It is also highly populated (2nd), but because of China, India is not having the veto power. Otherwise, India is always better than China. It is also the most powerful country in the 21st century. AND YOU USA, without us, you all would had been nothing as the only danger to you is China and we are the one who is helping you. AND YOU UK, you also don't think yourself much if you would have not been robbed India then maybe we would had been the best country AS Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh would had been one then we would had the veto power, most populated, 6th biggest country area wise, most dangerous and also the most powerful ever not of the 21st century. AND I KNOW THAT India WITH IT'S HARD WORK WILL BE THE BEST IN ALL.

Probably one of the best countries in the world. It has powerful weapons, amazing army, good people, different languages and it's the one and the only golden country in the world. One of the most rapidly developing countries. The food here is awesome and it has a rich culture. Indian people are amazing too. I'm not from India but I do have visited it many times. It's not a country of superstitions, snake charmers and anything. It's just awesome.

India is the best country to live in. India has absolute religious freedom while most other countries are Islamophobic, India is the only country where people of all religions can practice their religions peacefully. Western countries have Maligned the image of India in the past and it continues to do so to get to the top, but India is rising to the top without playing the dirty game like other countries. India was once the best and soon it is going to be. Jai Hind!

3 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.

They've seen a fall from grace following the Soviet collapse in 1991, and they may not have the best economy, but despite all this there is no denying the amount of power Russia wields (both militarily and politically). As the successor state of the Soviet Union, Russia inherited an very powerful military force and one of the two largest nuclear arsenals in the world, AND has the second highest military spending of all countries (USA is #1). Recently, Russia has been able to exercise their sheer might over their neighbors (notably, Georgia and Ukraine), and have also used their influence to convince countries like Kazakhstan and Belarus over to their side. And on top of all this, Russia is one of the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council, which gives them lots of leverage and political influence on the world stage.

Sure, there are memes about Putin and Russia. And sure, they may not be as powerful as they once were. But despite everything, it seems Russia's reign over ...more

Russia has a total nuclear arsenal of around 8,500 while the USA has around 7,500. Russia still has around double the amount of tanks that the USA has. The new radar jamming system on their planes makes it so it takes around 4-5 missiles to even hit the plane effectively. Russian S-400 system can knock out pretty much anything any other country throws at them, for example, in Serbia, the Serbs used old Russian equipment but still downed a few F-16s plus a stealth fighter, imagine nowadays against these NEW Russian weapon systems! The Russian Armata tanks and armored vehicles are like playing world of tanks the video games, just point and shoot, no calculations at all, and the recent Russian cruise missile launch on ISIS shows that they can effectively combat an overseas threat from a large distance (The Caspian Sea).

Russia may very well have advanced tech but it lacks the industrial means to mass produce this tech on the scale of the USA. American M1a2 Abrams MBT tanks have also shown themselves to be better than Russian armour. Russia does have great special forces but the are not as good as the SAS or navy seals, and Russia may have more bombs but many of them are old and tons were illegally sold to North Korea.

3 place? but you can't name even single war which Russia lost, Napoleon and Hitler ascertained this. Prophetess Vanga knows what she says "nothing will stop Russia..."
Yes, the us has a lot of money, a lot of iron and military equipment, they have a strong army, BUT what's the point of army if they are fighting for money, they fear the cold; they much afraid, what will they do when run out ammo? outrun?
Russians love their country and they will win even without weapons, because the Russian soul is the mysterious

4 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.

China is a formidable but they are not the strongest. Us M1a2 Abrams are superior to Chinese made Type 85. China does not have as many aircraft carriers as the States. America also posses a new weapon the rail gun which could render Chinese ship to ship missiles useless. China may have 10 million troops to the Americans 2 million but the American troops are better trained. The M4 carbine is also better than Chinese standard issues weapons. China may have a good economy but it is very corrupt. China also has one of the most polluted environments in the world.

China is currently leaping ahead of usa or Europe on terms of economy, with average GDP growth of about 7% yearly, combined with an ever increasing military. Chinese military advancements can be clearly seen by the j-20, it's many technologically advanced missiles, such as the df-21d, ICBM's, or their latest satellite-killers.

China is also hard at work making trade alliances, as well as military alliances, with other countries such as Russia, Iran, Pakistan, Venezuela and Argentina.

Thos country will soon be not only the top exporter of the world, but will be the top economy, military and technology hub of the world.

China is seen as a "great" country because of its economy and military. While it's size of its military could be seen as lethal, they still don't have the same sorts of technology and training that the USA or even Russia has. As for its economy, it's disgusting. Their workforce is thrown into factories with horrible conditions to mass produce American product for a highly low pay. If you think China is "so great" or "the most powerful" please think again. -ryhaggs

Look, technology doesn't matter when your army is at least outnumbered 5 to 1. Imagine you have something modern, a powerful gun. You can't beat five people with rusty AK47s, especially if you're defending by yourself. Or maybe it's the other way around, how are you going to defeat five people when they are defending?! Not only that, but it's at least five people you are fighting, if you are the U.S.

5 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 ...read more.

This country shook the world; it formed the largest empire ever seen, it took on heavy losses during ww1, world war two it fought alone in the darkest of hours, blitzed nearly every day, lady Britannia was truly crippled. The Jack rose from the ashes and threw itself upon the French shores to free the French and again teach the Germans a lesson. This country has a reputation no other could match. Even today the Brits are teaching the Jerrys a lesson, what will Europe do without its most powerful country, and with rising strengths on the sea we have a new carrier that will even put the Americans to shame of their navy.

It depends on what you mean by powerful. Do you mean the most amount people or money? If so, it is going to be the USA or Russia. However, I voted UK because the UK has the best special forces-SAS+other specialist units for various tasks e.g. SBS (Special Boat Service), Royal marines etc. and fact that they have trained most of their allies armies/special forces. Then add in the highly advanced justice systems that Russia, China and USA do not have (based on human rights abuse, racial inequality and similar subjects). Then add in leaving the European union (allowing the UK to make there own rules among other benefits) and overseas territories that are under British rule e.g. Falkland islands, Caribbean etc. The rise of the pound against the Dollar and Euro and The biggest factor in there favor the fact that they are responsible for over 100 years conquering most of the globe (something like 70%) of all countries in the world and introduced trade, democracy etc. to most countries they ...more

The United Kingdom has, even since the end of the Empire in 1997, had considerable "Soft Power" - Economic Power and Diplomatic Power. Its Military is among the strongest due to training and equipment, and perhaps rivalled only by the United States. And now, since it is in the process of leaving the Anti Democratic Bureaucracy of the EU, it has considerably risen in power.

The telephone was invented by a Canadian and plus just remember who was driven out of Hong Kong, all of Europe, and most of North Africa in world war 2. I will say this the UK has amassing special forces such as the SAS, and the challenger 2 is just as good as the m1a2 Abrams MBT. But Britain lacks the industrial strength of the United States

6 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.

Germany is very powerful from a military perspective. The Leopard 2 Main Battle tank is the equal of the American M1a2 Abrams or the British challenger. German special forces are also very formidable especially GsG9 the counter terror unit. Germany also has a lot of experience in war. But Germany lacks aircraft carriers, or a sufficient fleet to compete with other navel powers. Germany can not mass produce weapons on the scale that the Americans or Russians can as was seen during WW2. Germany also does not have the best soldiers and while their special forces are well trained I have to say that the SAS and the seals are better. The reason I say this is because the SAS taught the GSG9 everything they knew. And the Seals have better tech more funding and more experience having been created even before the SAS.

The most beautiful and polite Nation I have worked as non-Citzen.
A clean, civilized, extremelly organized, with a honest and impressive people.
I, as Brazilian, want my Nation reach this degree of development: we have many Germany descendentes in Brazil, they are honored people and Germany surely is the most beautiful Country among the Northern West Europe.
May GOD bless and keep the amazing people of Europe, once under a Hellish dictator, now is the motor of the modern Europe.

Germany will become the best country in the world soon it is so neat.
Frankfurt is the best city then munich then Berlin. Rhine river is awesome
It is going to be the powerful country in the world. Germany is way better than France. Lufthansa is awesome the a380s my god awesome!

By re- unifying in just under 30 Years and building itself to what it is today shows that Germany is resilient and has proven themselves to be such a big weapon in comparison to the size of the nation.

7 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.

Should be No. 5, following China, India, Russia, and America. They are powerful and will never fall in ww3 (unless if its those four countries and I don't think that war won't happen for a while). And it was extremely powerful if both world wars (and yes, ww2 France fell because they got outsmarted), but they never gave up and became free. France helped win the war.

Normally the most powerful country should be China, but it's still USA because of it's military involvement in the world and it's worldwide influence. France is the European equivalent of USA. Even if everything changes quickly for the moment France must be at least 4th.

One of the best, actively fighting against terrorism in Middle East as well in more than 5 African countries (helped by African troops), economically could be better, but they improve especially on new economy next year will be the 1st start-up incubators in the world.

France is a powerful nation. Their tanks and self propelled guns are highly advanced. French Gazelle helicopter gunships can rival apache helicopter gunships. French special forces are also well trained. Sadly, America has more sophisticated tech better training and the m1a2 is better than the GIat MBT series. Still, France is the top 5.

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. ...read more.

Japan is a powerful nation. But I must argue that they are not the most powerful. Their Type 90 MBT Is superior to that of Russian design but lacks the additional tech and fire power that the US M1a2 Abrams MBT boasts. Japanese troops are well trained but not as good as the British or Americans. The United States also posses the largest navy not Japan though the Japanese navy is very advanced it is not quite as advanced as the American fleet. The Japanese also don't boast a large land army in comparison with other world powers. The Japanese do not even posses a nuclear weapon. As for economics Japan is very powerful but lacks the Great industry of the states. Japan also lacks many natural resources and are forced to import them from countries like Canada, and the US. All in all I have the up most respect for the Japanese people but I can not say that they are the most powerful nation in the world.

Japan leads the world in innovation and creativity, Japanese have a drive to do better and help their fellow Nihonjin. Their wonderful culture will cause Japan to leave the rest of the world behind. Nippon will rise again!

Japan would never be where it is today if the U.S. hadn't gone over there and helped them industrialize all those years ago when they were way behind the rest of the world.

Because of the Japanese technology weapons, tanks, submarines and many more are made up of powerful technology.

9 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.

Turkey is one of the world's new industrialised countries. The country has an impressive amount of tanks and is currently 5th most submarines in the world. Although Turkey doesn't have its own nuclear warheads, it is apart of NATO, which is a nuclear sharing organisation. In addition to that, the country has the 13th largest economy in the world and its economy is currently increasing at a fast, unlike some European countries. By 2023 Turkey would have the 10th largest economy in the world and would even be a more sophisticated and strong country. Turkey is also investing a lot of money in its defense budget and its airforce which is the 9th strongest in the world. I must also include that, Turkey will be exporting minerals and oil in 2023, which will make the country very rich and economically sophisticated. The government of Turkey will be investing the exportation money into many services in the country, such as education, infrastructure, healthcare and military. This is why ...more

Turkey is a unique country with rich historical heritage and magnificent culture in the centre of the world.

Are you gettin' crazy?! We're talk about Turks fella! This guys born for fight!

Turkey does have nuclear weapons.. But they keep it a secret from the NATO

10 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.

Iran is a very nice country I live in Iran it has a very nice weather in north and beautiful places to see people are very friendly and smart.
all parts of Iran has a nice place most of them are in north and it has a very nice food

They are one of the most powerful country in the Middle East

Iran is the powerful country in the world and iran want the peace in the world

Iranian power is in their mind Iran isn't terrorist and does nt have nuclear weapons

The Contenders
11 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat) are ...read more.

Large army, defeated in 3 times out of 4 wars even though India had at least 5-10 times larger army. It's the only Muslim country with declared nukes, defeated the superpower Russia with its proxy war in Afghanistan fought by the afghan mujahideen. America cannot do anything about the Pakistanis double crossing them when it comes to Afghanistan. What we need to realise is Pakistan is not going to fully support us with our war in Afghanistan as Afghanistan is a; Muslim country, neighbour (with a large border), similar cultures, food and dress, and there are tribes that live on both sides of the border. I hope Pakistan remove the terrorists from their land as USA is not capable to fight Muslim guerillas

Pakistan is the most powerful Muslim country in the world (Justified by the fact it's the only Muslin country to actually possess nuclear weapons), there's no denying that, alongside arguably the world's best intelligence agency and a very high-quality army and military service. Although it is a developing country with its set of pros and cons and that Pakistan has a rubbish government.

To be fair, Pakistan and India need to calm the hell down and settle in for mending relationships. Its been proven that Hindus and Muslims can coexist without much issue, as seen during Akbar's reign in the Mughal Empire, and adding to the fact that England and France were also enemies for over centuries, yet they're now close buddies. I've met a lot of Indians and they seem nice and accepting to me for the most part, which leads me to believe that this hate is entirely pointless.

(1) Pakistan is second biggest Muslim country and sixth biggest in world on basis of population.
(2) Pakistan army is fourth biggest in world.
(3) Pakistan army defeated India in 3 wars (1948, 1965, 1998).
(4) Pakistan is seventh and only Muslim country which is nuclear power.
(5) Pakistan has one of the oldest civilizations of the world.
(6) Pakistan is on three tetonic plates.
(7) Karachi (Former capital of Pakistan) is the third biggest city of world.
(8) Pakistan has second highest mountain on planet.
(9) Pakistan has 9th largest pool of scientists and engineers.
(10) Pakistan is very beautiful country with several weathers.

Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka was India's but it was separated. If we Indians had all these countries, we would have been the most powerful country in the world. Pakistan is the worst country in the world! I too want to step on the moon...as well as that star on its sickly flag

12 Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.

We may not spend Billions of dollars on our military or have a very big one but the people in Australia are by far the strongest. We live in a 70% deserted nation with someone of the most venomous creatures on the planet. Almost everything here can kill you within an hour. It's common here to find a 10cm wide huntsman hiding somewhere in your house and after a while you get used to dealing with them. What makes a country stronger? Spending billions of dollars on little machines so they can kill innocent people in the Middle East while being controlled by some looser in a military base? Or having a nation full of fearless people who are willing to conquer anything? I think the answer's obvious.

Yes Australia's troops are professional and are highly motivated. They held the Japanese back single handily until the Americans were able to push them back. But Australia does not have the military budget of the United States (601 billion dollars) nor does it have the numbers China has ten million the United States has 2 million. US M1a2 Abrams, and M2a3 Bradly assault vehicles are also much better than the Australian bushmaster 4 by 4. American troops also have more experience having fought: Canada, Brittan, Germany, Japan, North Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan just to list a few.

While Australia is powerful just remember Canada saved Britain well before they Americans entered the fray. Yes the Australian army is professional it lacks the combat experience of other nations such as the USA. Australia's industry is also not designed to sustain long periods of conflict it would be in a sense incapable of matching other major powers in terms of production

I wish that Australia became number one for being the most powerful country in the world, followed by the Australian soldiers that provide their own vehicles, weapons, etc and create newer weapons as well.

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

After Korean War, South Korea, everything was destroyed by the war. But they made 'Miracle of Han River'. Therefor I think that Korea has possibilities to grow-up of one of the most powerful nation in the world.

South Korea became much more safe because of their army. They have enough army to defend NK.

South Korea dosen't have the most powerful military force but "powerful" can have more than one definition.

They have their own unique culture and also they recur their poor economy

14 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 kmĀ²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, ...read more.

Canada is powerful but peaceful. Canadians are never ones to back down from wars if commissioned by the UN and Canada's military has always had great prowess. We have an impact globally and are recognized as a very stable and economically powerful country. While Canada lack military power and technology right now, we are very capable of mass producing arms and weapons very quickly if needed. The Canadian land is also rich in Uranium, oil and other high in demand resources. Even with our small population, we'd fight until the last person falls dead.

Canada has a great army. While it is small our Leopard 2 Main Battle tanks are the equal of the British Challenger or the American M1a2 Abrams. Our special forces JTF2 are almost as good as the SAS or Us navy seals. And the Canadian C7 assault rifle is an upgraded version of the American m16 only out done by the m4 carbine. While Canada has lowered its fitness requirements for recruits it is not because our military is poor it is because we have an insufficient number of people enlisting

I spent so much time finding Canada in this list. I don't quite understand why it is the 22nd.
Why some nations (not strong ones) could be put on higher places? Web producers, please see what is going on here.
Canada is not the strongest nations. I agree. But it is powerful while peaceful. Other countries eg the us, is not as peaceful as Canada. Canada is a powerful nation but just not many of us realize it.

Just because we have less armies and militaries doesn't mean we aren't strong. We r already r strong in our minds, and can strive for anything we want

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

Brazil has been going up economically and in power, it is the first Southern American county to host the Summer Olympics. It is the most powerful, and biggest nation in South America, and has had steady economic growth.

Brazil is a superpower and although its up and downs (mostly beacause of corruption), it's the most powerful country of Latin America.

After 5 years sinking we still the most powerful in the entire latin america (Mexico, Colombia, Argentina,...)

If Brazil wasnt corrupt, it would be one of the richest countries in the world

16 Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.

According to the Credit Suisse world's top military strenght report (2015), Italian military power is placed 7th in the world (tied with South Korea) and 2nd in Europe, only preceded by France.
Italy is followed by Uk (9th in the world and 3rd in Europe). Germany is only 18th in the world and 5th in Europe, behind Poland.
See also "List of countries by Military Strength Index" on Wikipedia.

Italy is a developed country, part of the G7 Group. Bangladesh is a Third World Country along with Spain: I think there is no comparison at all.

Obviously the US and some other major countries are more powerful, but come on. France and England?

Italy has been thrown so much ware they know what not to and to do

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

It's the most inventive of any nation in the world, and the only thing they haven't invented is God, but that could be debatable.

Uh. Hello, the British invent nothing and USA are practically tucking them to bed at night. The Americans make billions of successfull products. Wake up

England is in Great Britain so how can Great Britain be 9th and England 8th? I think England (Great Britain) should be 5th.

Great. This list has England, Great Britain and the United Kingdom. What the heck?

18 Israel The State of Israel is a country in the Middle East and the only country with a Jewish majority in the world. Israel is a small country bordering Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt and its official languages are Hebrew and Arabic.

I must say Israel is powerful. Its Merkava MBTs are the best tanks in the region shy of US M1a2 Abrams. The Israelis have a lot of experience fighting as they have been under constant attack. Their special forces teams are some of the best in the world only beat by the SAS and the US navy Seals. For those who don't believe me read The Brotherhood of Warriors. By: Aaron Cohen

You try and ignore and belittle Israel at your peril. Stop harassing Israel. A strong people with the guts to defend their country and their way of living. The only real democracy in the region.

Israel is more powerful militarily, technologically and politically than at least half the countries ranked higher than it. Every important country and all unbiased analysts know this.

Israel has to be higher they are very powerful an great allies of my country the USA. They have never lost a war by the way.

19 North Korea The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, is a country in Eastern Asia. Its capital is Pyongyang. It is currently ruled by the dictator Kim Jong-Un, after inheriting the title from his father, Kim Jong-Il, who in turn inherited it from his father, Kim Il-Sung. ...read more.

I know everyone of you hate to admit it... But North Korea is gaining strength. They have nuclear warheads... And USA can't fire a nuke as it may affect South Korea too. North Korea is pretty strong so far, and have weapons that even Trump don't have...

They're not really weak. They may have outdated weaponry but their manpower is insane. They also have nukes while most countries don't. That's why America does not want beef with NK yet.

We "can't fire nukes as it may affect South Korea" we can't fire them because china is on NK's side. America is no longer #1. People need to get that out of their head (Americans) P.S. I'm an American

They weak. Only strong person there is stupid fat Kim Jong Un. I feel bad for those citizens. I hope one day they get their rights that they deserve.

20 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.

Laws leads and controls the Republic of the Philippines; how much powerful the country was through there nuclear weapons; the mind and intelligence( tuso) was most dangerous ;t can control and can divert there nuclear weapon through there country because of a strong connection of the Republic of the Philippines n all allied countries of United Nations and because of the power of law. We learned what happens to China because of nuclear weapons;China easily defeat;Republic of the Philippines cannot easily defeat because of a law;the power of law was most strongest than nuclear weapon!. God Yap was the leader and control the laws n the Republic of the Philippines.

Philippines is not boasting its all military weaponry. That's why other country thinks that this country is weak but in reality there are many secret military technology hidden in underground fortresses.

I'm an american and I live in the philippines for 13 years and I've seen 3 of the deadliest fortress in the phillipines. I'ts true.philippines has many secret nuclear heads at their disposals. who knows what will happen when world war III comes, I think philippines will hold.

Actually the philippines is a strong country because of its hidden nature

21 South Africa South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is the southernmost sovereign state in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometers of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana ...read more.

South Africa was one of only a handful of countries to ever develop nuclear weapons and did 3 tests, and was the only country to freely end their nuclear program.

South Africa is the second largest economy in Africa and houses the largest banking sector on the continent.

South Africa is the best. It came out the best & still carries on being a multiracial country & is the most welcoming to visitors.

"Cough" apartheid "cough"

22 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.

Egypt is the strongest and will always be the strongest

In this condition Egypt is almost worse then a[what America is right now. Other than that it would be the 2nd best right after Canada

I love egypt its no #3 after usa and china

Egypt is the best country in the world!

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

Powerful than the whole middle east combined

Only country vladimir putin is scared of

Country with most nuclear warhead

I can't believe Nepal is in 22th place!

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.

It has the most oil

Seriously Saudi Arabia lower then Iran Saudi Arabia has a higher economy then Iran it's richer then Iran and spends its budget 50billion more then Iran on military it has more tanks then Iran yet it still has a lower population then Iran which means lower crime rate and lower unemployment rate

Here saudi arabia is at 23th rank(thank to thetoptens.com to be reliable) but arabia paid lots of money to pull their rank to 9th in the other internet sites(search most powerful countries ). Also uae is at 10 th rank:).Turkey or Iran or Pakistan even Iraq can occupy arabia and uae in a couple hours. and if it had been occured,arabia's money would not have saved their country in the real life. they are strong where just money can speak. purchasing 150 billion$ gun from usa but users of those guns are Pakistani or Indian employees:) %40 of arabia's army don't know to speak arabic:) obey Quran,follow The Last Prophet Muhammed and be a real muslim country and stop feeding terrorism and killing people(journalist kashikci) who oppose arabia

25 Thailand Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia.

Thailand was one of only country survived from colonialism spread by Europeans and now it is one of the best country in Asia

It is so good

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