Top 10 Most Influential Countries in the History of the World

History is a mosaic of nations, each adding its own color to the world. Some countries have been more influential than others, shaping the global story with their culture, science, politics, and philosophy. This is not just about power or wealth. It's about how these nations have touched our humanity, affecting every part of our modern world.
The Top Ten
1 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 Boris Johnson. The UK is a Unitary State consisting of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland... read more

USA number 1? Pah! England/Britain has invented world-changing things such as television, trains, the 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 everyone that I am ENGLISH! Long live this green and pleasant land. The world would be nothing without this tiny but mighty country. VOTE ENGLAND!

I think this should be combined with the rest of the British Isles as our people are one. Britain has made valuable contributions to politics, law, warfare, science, medicine, mechanics, communication, art, literature, music, education, etc. Our Empire stretched across the world, owning much of the North American continent, the Australian continent, the Indian subcontinent, parts of Southeast Asia, much of the African continent, most of the Middle East, and countless islands.

Though Britain is the most influential in history, I think it's also important to note that we have a much longer history than the USA. The US has definitely been more influential since its conception, though it wouldn't exist if not for Britain.

2 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 British Empire in 1776 with the Declaration of Independence. They won their independence in 1783 with... read 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 its writers. Even the lower middle class of the world lives 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.

I think most people forget that Rock and Roll, R&B, Jazz, Blues, and other genres all originated in the U.S., and for some reason, every other country has benefited from the sounds that were created here. 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 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 care they were from America. They created art forms as human beings first, and it was shared or had influence. These genres did and still do influence what music listeners hear today. They are the building blocks to which music artists still use to create today's sound. Today's music is influenced by more than one of these genres. I say, thank you to those human beings for what is now a universal pleasure.

3 Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, is a country in Southeast Europe. It is situated on the southern tip of the Balkans, and is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Greece shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the northeast. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, and... read more

Not so influential now, but historically, yes, a lot of history. Now it's not that populated, doesn't have the best economy, not a widely used language, probably heavily relies on tourism.

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 of the Ancient Greeks 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 forms the basis of their own cultures today. Greece should be first without question!

These votes are crap. After I typed this topic into Google, I discovered this in a Google search. It is really weird to vote the USA on top or England second. It's not like 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's a race between The Roman Empire, Greece, Germany (in modern influences), Egypt, and Assyria. Because they discovered and influenced new technologies and the way to them the most.

And Greece should definitely be first. I don't know what stupid persons are voting here, but I am stupid myself to go here...

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 the Atlantic Ocean. France spans 675,000 km2 (251,000 mi2) and has a total population of 67 million... read more

This largest country is situated in the West European region. It stands at the sixth level in the list of the world's most powerful and influential countries. The education level in this country is famous all over the world.

The main earning industry of this country is the perfume industry, from which the country earns a lot. According to a survey report issued by WHO, France has the world's top-class health facilities infrastructure. France is also a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. There are no religious laws in the legal framework of this country.

The space industry of this country is also very powerful, and the army is very strong. It is said that, in addition to providing, the air force of this country is well-equipped with the latest helicopters and aircraft. By "countries," I mean current countries based on current boundaries, so France is of course in the top 8. And based on the last 500 years, France is anyway in the top 3.

5 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion. China spans five geographical time zones and borders 14 countries, the second most of any country in the world after Russia. Covering an area of approximately 9.6 million square kilometers (3,700,000 sq mi), it is the world's third or fourth... read more

I am a proud Chinese. Yes, the Americans have played a significant role in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, but China is the origin of the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultures. 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, Babylonian, and Chinese) to last to today.

If the Europeans and the Americans had not attacked China, and if China had been 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 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.

China, a country that is made up of more than 1.5 billion people, has been a significant force throughout history. Even before the massive acceleration of human growth, China remained a great country. The ancient Chinese managed to unify many lands and people together. As time went on, this union became more stable and expansive.

It also directly affected most of Asia. Their culture, one of the oldest around, made its way through both direct and indirect contact with other countries. Nations like Mongolia, North and South Korea, and Japan all use scripts derived from Chinese. Their religions, too, are influenced by Chinese culture.

And today, it would be no understatement to say that China is one of the strongest and most influential countries in the global economy and trade.

6 Italy Italy (Italian: Repubblica Italiana) is a sovereign state and unitary parliamentary republic in south-central Europe.

Italy covers an area of 301,338 km². With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the third most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino, and Vatican City. The... read more

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

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

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. The most spoken languages are Hindi and English, but there are 22 official Indian languages... read more

India has a strong, diverse history. It is big and complicated, with tons of different kinds of people. Some areas are very wealthy, while some are dirt poor. Some Indians are tech workers and doctors, while others pick up trash along the beach.

World's most populous country. Second largest army and third most powerful airforce in the world. Fifth largest economy. Influential leaders. Home of Tata, Reliance, and Mahindra.

India is a country where there is humanity. People in India care for others, often forgetting about themselves, which I experienced in India. The number system, zero, plastic surgery, algebra, Pythagoras' theorem, Ayurveda, yoga, etc., were first invented in India. There are great warriors who are equal to hundreds of Alexanders in India. It is true that these warriors existed before Christ. Alexander the Great himself said that the Indian soldier, King Puru, was more powerful than Alexander. King Puru is from India. The Indian marine commandos are among the most powerful in the world. Contractor Hafeez is the greatest civil engineer in the world and is from India. Many world records have been set by Indians.

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.

Japan has a huge capital city called Tokyo, other cities in Japan include Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya and Sendai. It's close to South Korea,... read more

Japan was the country to end imperialism while also participating in it. It was the first Asian country to modernize and surprise the West. This demonstrates the strength of Japan. Napoleon once said that we should let China sleep, for one day she will shake the world. However, Japan 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 its roots to Japan.

The whole 'cute Asian trend' came from Japan, as did the amazing electronics. People don't really see Japan for what it is: the true shining star of Asia, culturally and economically. Japanese culture will continue to influence the youth of other countries for years to come.

Jomon human genes from 16,000 years ago have made a very strong cultural influence. Chinese, Korean, and Mongolian do not have this Yap gene. In modern days, their food tradition, toilet, anime, Samurai, Sakura, Kawaii, Sushi, and Ramen are attractive to us.

9 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.

Iran is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The country's rich cultural legacy is reflected... read more

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. Furthermore, Iran really is the only country on Earth that has consistently remained powerful for over 5,000 years.

The influence that Persian civilization has had on the world, particularly in the development of European history and socio-political institutions, is criminally underrated. The Achaemenid Empire was the first true cosmopolitan empire in history, and it set the model for almost every empire that followed, including the Romans who learned from the Persians that maintaining a large geographic and multi-ethnic empire required social tolerance, as well as military and political restraint when dealing with neighboring empires. Likewise, the later Sassanian empire laid 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, bringing Europe out of the Dark Ages.

10 Russia Russia, or the Russian Federation (RF), is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world by area, covering over 17,125,191 square kilometres (6,612,073 sq mi), and encompassing one-eighth of Earth's inhabitable landmass. Russia extends across eleven time zones and borders sixteen sovereign nations, the most of any country in the world... read more

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

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

The Contenders
11 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.

Some territory was lost after World War 1 and a lot more after World War 2, basically started by Hitler's Nazi dictatorship. Then the Soviets kept their zone... read more

The diversity of ideas the thinkers of this country spread over the centuries led 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 a few countries - if not by none.

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

The exportation is largely due to top-notch education and high-skilled labor with good wages, along with one of the world's most sophisticated and elaborate infrastructure systems. In addition, it has a long, sometimes very troubled, history that has produced world-class thinkers and poets.

12 Netherlands The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in north-western Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, with a North Sea coast-line to the north and west. It shares maritime borders with the United... read more

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 did. 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 the 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 world history.

13 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.

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 notably less. However, scientific and medical are much the same or greater, which says a lot about the country's priorities. I would also say the significance of some of these is quite staggering, such as the 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, the US is laughable being at the top. They have provided very little, especially in their short existence.

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?

14 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. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip (Palestine) and Israel to the northeast, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, and Libya to the west. The Gulf of Aqaba in the northeast... read more

Egypt is one of the first civilizations of the world. Their knowledge undoubtedly shaped the world today. It is a shame that the countries dominating the top 10 – except a few – were only influential for some hundred years. You can see that the top aren't "Influential in the history of THE WORLD", but rather in the history of EUROPE.

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.

Egypt was one of the largest and richest nations back when it was a 'superpower' in its age. I like to think of it as one of the most important nations of history.

15 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, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the south. The... read more

Rulers of the world from the Mongols to the Seljuks to the Ottomans. The Ottoman Empire is 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 poll not including Turks in the top 3 is complete bull. From the fifth century to today, every great event, owe its place to Turks as enemy or friend. If you take Turks out, there won't 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.

16 Spain Spain, or the Kingdom of Spain, is a country in southwestern Europe with parts of territory in the Atlantic Ocean and across the Mediterranean Sea. The largest part of Spain is situated on the Iberian Peninsula; its territory also includes the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, and several minor overseas... read more

If the Iberians had never declared war against the Moors, the peninsula would still be an Arab state, and another failure for the crusaders. If they hadn't won the war 500 years ago, the Portuguese would have never sailed south to Africa and begun the slave trade, and, most importantly, the Spanish would have never sailed west to the Americas. This was a huge point in history that literally changed the world and is among the most important. Although they haven't made any changes after their American colonies gained independence in the 1800s, this would not have been possible if they had never won the war. Spain also helped to spread new ideas, like math and science as well as art and literature during the Renaissance.

Spain should be ranked above not only the US but also France, Germany, Italy, England/UK, Russia, and Japan since their changes are more recent. The only other countries that should be above Spain are Greece, China, Ancient Egypt, Persia/Iran, the Roman Empire, and India.

17 Iraq Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, is a country in Western Asia. Iraq is currently led by President Fuad Masum and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. It is currently ranked 160th in the Institute for Economics & Peace's Global Peace Index, making it one of the most dangerous countries in the world (behind only South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Syria).

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 civilizations are based on Iraqi civilization. Iraq laid the foundation for modern civilization. Is that not enough to be on the top list?

Long mysterious history. After the war with the USA, they became poor economically and mentally.

18 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 the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira, both autonomous regions with their own regional... read 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 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 in the top 10!

Portugal is definitely among the top 10 most influential countries.

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

Viva Portugal!

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.

19 Mongol Empire

Great Genghis Khan took over almost half of the world with the smallest army in the world, equipped with the toughest and wisest warriors and the best tactics of the 12th century. The Mongols could have conquered all the discovered lands at that time, but due to Genghis Khan's children competing for the throne, the Mongol Empire was divided into pieces and fell. In modern days, Genghis Khan's war tactics are still being used and admired among the powerful nations' armies, like the U.S. Army and Russian Army.

Best Empire with the Ottoman one. The Roman Empire looks so ridiculous compared. Just have good reading about that.

Mongolia has an ideal culture and a pattern of life that comforts both nature and humans. We understand and communicate with nature. Once, all Mongolians used to be shamans. Western inventions brought chaos to the world.

20 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, Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Prince... read 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 of 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.

21 Roman Empire The Roman Empire was a post-Republican period of ancient Rome that lasted from 27 BC to 476 AD. It was characterized by an autocratic form of government and large territorial holdings in Europe, North Africa, and parts of Asia. The Roman legal system and Latin language have had a lasting impact on the Western world. At its height, the empire was one of the most powerful economic, cultural, and military... read more

Ruled over the Mediterranean for hundreds of years and was the standard for civilization for a long time after its dissolution and revered heavily even today.

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

Rome is one of, if not the most influential empire in history, perhaps even up there with Greece.

22 Denmark Denmark is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is the most populous and politically central constituent of the Kingdom of Denmark, a constitutionally unitary state that includes the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic Ocean. European Denmark is the southernmost of the Scandinavian countries, lying southwest of Sweden, south of Norway, and north of Germany... read more

Behind Italy, Greece, the United Kingdom, the 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 in the top 20. This should be in the top 3.

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

Denmark's placement under Iraq is utterly ridiculous. Heck, they even discovered America (Et fin, Leif Erickson) and ruled most of England.

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 in German, and referred to Vienna, showing its influence well before the Austrian Empire. After the... read 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 had 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 the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is a country on the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It has a land area of about 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), making it the fifth-largest country in Asia, the second-largest in the Arab world, and the largest in Western Asia. It is bordered by the Red Sea to the west; Jordan, Iraq, and Kuwait to the north; the Persian Gulf, Qatar and... read more

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

This is where the fastest-spreading religion in 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 witnessed one of the greatest movements in history... Islam.

25 Philippines The Philippines, officially the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the western Pacific Ocean and consists of around 7,641 islands that are broadly categorized under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The Philippines is bounded by the South China Sea to the west, the Philippine Sea to the east,... read more

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

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

The Philippines is one of the countries that is rich in resources and has a very great history. It is also one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The people are very welcoming to tourists, especially foreigners.

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