Top 10 Most Powerful Countries in the World

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

People in India are saying that they are more powerful than America and that they are more patriotic to their country than the US just look at their comments. But the reality is they have 1.3 billion people while we have only 300 million people but yet their active duty military personal is barely above ours. 0.1% of their population is in the military while 0.4% of our population is in the military. just for that reason that PROVES that the US is way more patriotic to their country than India. their country has 3 times the population as ours yet they barely have a larger active military population than the US. if the US had the same population as India the active military would be 6 million compared to India's weak 1.4 million. America will always be more patriotic than India and if anything more powerful than India. for the longest time India has lost several territorial disputes with china and china isn't even the most powerful country china is in 2 place for the strongest country. ...more

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

I say the United States of America because without it, the world would crumble. I do not mean to be rude or offensive but it is true. Where does everybody look to in a time of crisis? The United States and its affiliated allies. We have some serious issues with corruption, economics and public systems. People rely on the government too much. Too many people are jobless. Our economy was destroyed, and is slowly inching back to stability. The reason that I put the United States at the top is due to the fact that we are the last country on Earth to still have the morals and values we had when we were founded. America was conceived after the Roman, Persian and British Empires. We learned from their mistakes. Look where we are today. Democracy was the answer. So, all of you from Canada and the United Kingdom who seem to think that the United States is filled with fools, for your information, it's not! Most of the greatest things the world have ever seen came out of America. The Wright ...more

Usa is nothing but a BIG BIG BULLY!. They create their own demons and fights them. They intervene in all conflicts not for the restoration of peace or any democratic bull but for the lone sake to sell weapons. Has any matter the US intervened had a positive result... I don't find any. Uncle Sam still thinks of his old days when it can dictate none more than a few puppets in Korea or Europe. Before a few years we had the Commies of Soviet Russia who played such a sport but they were little lacking in business skill than our beloved Sam Uncle. Look where are they now, once a world power but now nothing more than a third world country which boasts with its still left military goods of cold war era. A mafia world filled with drug lords and escorts ruled by Czar Putin. Usa too will have the same fate just like USSR and if needed to say like former British empire which blundered a few months ago with a plebiscite.

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

I don't have enough knowledge about world politics as well as about the power of prophecy. But from my inborn and normal sense I can gaze and can tell that India will be the most powerful and developed country in the world that will dominate the whole world. It will be possible for the present developed countries will be engaged in several wars. The main weapon of this war will be nuclear power and ultra modern human brain. In this war men will use the highest power of technology and robotic power that will ruin almost all the developed countries in the world. Among them USA, Russia, China, Germany, France, Japan and the Middle East muslim countries will be worst affected and almost ruined. This war will be named as the 3rd World War in the world. In this war India will take the Middle policy of war that will ensure the chance of being the most powerful and developed country in the whole world by 2050.

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India without any doubt is soon to a superpower and may the most favourite nation to get voted for that by Western countries because of its balanced relations with entire world. The fast growing economy and strong military makes it ever more potential superpower. India as a nation have experienced wars, Economic downfall etc but it managed to achieve its goals. It's very tough for a country to sustain growth despite of being surrounded by all its enemies. A country which has single handedly achieve the win in all terms let it be economically or in war. China has faced the biggest ever defeat by Indians and poor countries like Pakistan have become habitual of loosing in all fronts against Indians. These things makes India a strong contender to become super power.

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.

I am from Pakistan I believe that India will grow, in coming future skilled manpower and natural resources beside heavy industry will boost economic wheel. India has to settle all his disputes with neighboring countries such as Pakistan and China, Survival would be more harsh for economies in upcoming era, when only those countries will rule and lead having most stable economy. Disputes and clashes crush economic growth also discourage investors willing to bring FDI. As a economist my past experience says both the countries Pakistan and India has lost a lot by keeping clashes and disputes unsolved. Both the countries are equipped with atomic war heads any war would not be in favor of any nation. Growth rate of Indian Economy is magnificent which is major sign of its future direction, let it make it permanent and consistent unstable Pakistan or India both are not in favor of each other, we share border of 3000 KM and we have deployed a massive army on both side. Prosperity in the ...more

3 Russia 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 ...read more.

Too high on this list, Russia should be somewhere around 15-20 places.
The time of Russia's greatness has passed. Wake up, the USSR has disintegrated thirty years ago. All industry, all economic potential was destroyed or sold. As a result, in terms of economic well-being, the average Russian has dropped to the level of a resident of Congo or Gabon.
In fact, the only components of the Russian economy today are the export of natural resources and trade in the technologies of the USSR that are still produced in Russia. But the age of oil is steadily coming to an end, and the achievements of the USSR will finally become obsolete in 10-15 years, and Russia will return to the medieval standard of living that it had before 1917. In any case, it will be so as long as Putin and his criminal gang remains in power.

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).

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 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.

4 China 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 ...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.

Although America is the most powerful country now in twenty years China will be stronger. The world depends on China. Without it the world would go into a serious panic about virtually everything. So much of everything we use comes from China and the produce is only increasing. When was the last time you saw more than three things made in the U.S. Twenty years ago everything was made there but now it has turned to China to make everything. China is the most respected country in the world when it comes to produce and as history has told us money=power.

Honestly, I would hope to see the us staying where it is in economy but china is going to grow to the worlds largest economy. India and Brazil will also be rising, and Russia, Mexico and Indonesia, same with africa. I guess the developed nations have had their time. But what I want to see, is if china, mexico, brazil, russia, indonesia and others can manage to become a better country to actually live in.

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

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.

Economically, technologically, intellectually and industrially, Germany is the most advanced country in the world. All countries look up to Merkel's leadership because of the sheer success Germany has achieved.

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!

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

I'm a pure blooded Brit (of Pakistani heritage) and I'm proud to love my country with the flying Union Jack.

United Kingdom is one of the most strongest most powerful countries ever alongside the USA our close best friend who we trust and care about.

UK is very powerful in terms of nuclear weapons, financial services, industrial factories and solid economy and military forces that lead us to victory by winning Waterloo, World Wars 1 and 2 and the Falklands War.

UK is forever a great nation! Love the UK

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.

Not this universe's Britain, but an alternate universe's. In an alternate timeline Britain won the Revolutionary War and took the entirety of the North American continent, save Mexico of course Spain controls them until their revolution. By the way slavery was abolished in Britain way before the Revolutionary War so no slavery would exist after the war. They would continue to have the greatest military in the world. They would have a presence in every continent in the world. Basically encircling the entirety of the world. They would slowly take control of everything and finally Pax Brittania would exist. HAIL BRITTANIA!

We have the best trained armed forces in the world, also hold over seas islands such as Bermuda, Falkland's, Gibraltar, asention islands and so on holding massive navy bases on all of these islands. The UK also has the commonwealth and all of her European allies proving herself in the world trade market. Not only that but the UK also polices the world along with France and the US maintaining peace in the world. Also a massive navy, not as big as post ww2 levels but still a lot maintain high advanced warships. The UK also has the fastest growing economy in Europe know even faster than Asian country's such as Japan.

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

Japan 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!

They go through so many disaster, yet still stand and fight for their future without whining.

Maybe not now, but someday you'll get what you deserve.

Here's my respect, Japan.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

9 South Korea South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea (ROK), is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula and sharing a land border with North Korea. Its western border is formed by the Yellow Sea, while its eastern border is defined by the Sea of Japan. South Korea claims ...read more.

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.

Hey Japanese! If you have conscience, come down you monkeys.

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

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

By the time of 2050's, Turkey population will hit over 100M. Projected 25K+ income per person level, Turkish economy will hit 2.5B+ GDP. Turkish investments on technology is increasing over the years and within last 15 years, she became an important arms exporter. Vast Anatolian farms lands, abundant water resources can feed 100M+ population easily while easy access to energy sources including renewable will maintain the sustainable growth. Turks historically was always a super-power starting from the Great Hunnic empire to last Ottoman Empire and will definitely become one in the next decades.

The Turks are always looking for a fight.
They refuse to look for diplomatic solutions to their problems.
All they do is argue, swear, drink, fight, and steal from Armenia and Greece.
If you disagree, please check your facts and learn.
You can't solve everything with fighting.

A lot of investments for all type of industry. Military power is getting stronger. No doubt that it is one of the most powerful countries.

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? Singapore Singapore Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, and often referred to as the Lion City, the Garden City, and the Red Dot, is a global city and sovereign state in Southeast Asia and the world's only island city-state.
The Contenders
11 Pakistan 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.

Pakistan have a bright potential if they shed creating safe havens for perverted terror groups for minimal gains and built up a concrete democratic modern approach on world affairs. Otherwise its sure they are gonna break into mere warring provinces, a representation of how good a country can be screwed by few short sighted politicians and religious leaders.

Whilst Pakistan now has Nuclear weapons and substantial military assets that in itself does not mean it can be considered a superpower... Pakistan is a country with great potential, it may be classified as a regional power at present but it is a long way off being considered a global or superpower yet.

12 Israel Israel Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia. It is situated on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea, and shares borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan to the east, and Egypt to the southwest; it is also ...read more.

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.

The Israelis a great soldiers well trained for those who don't believe me Google the Sayeret Matkal. they have been fighting non stop just to survive ever since they gained their independence in 1948

13 Canada 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, ...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.

Canada will benefit from climate change, so it'll at least be close to a regional superpower by 2050.

14 Saudi Arabia 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 ...read more.

It has vast resources, especially oil, which will make it a powerful nation in no time. We can all remember the time when Saudi Arabia was nowhere, but now Saudi Arabia is one of the richest countries, thanks to its ast oil resources. It has one of the fastest growing economies across the world.

No way Saudi is a good country but it will stay a regional power. FOREVER!

It has the most oil

15 Australia Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and ...read more.

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.

Australia's population will continue to grow very fast; we hit 24 million 17 years faster than expected. Our military will also continue to grow as we undergo our modernization program. Our economy will also continue to grow as we sell our Ores to countries like India. By 2050, I predict that Australia will definitely be within the top 10 most powerful countries in the world.

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

16 Brazil Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3,300,000 sq mi) and with over 214 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the sixth most populous. Its capital is Brasília, ...read more.

More than 200 million people will call Brazil home by 2050, and their standard of living will be significantly improved from 2010. Income per capita will nearly triple over those 40 years. Brazil will also be the largest economy in Latin America.

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.

Brazil will be one of the major power.

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

Iran continues to flourish with its impressive dynamic infrastructure rooted in art, culture, architecture, the language, music, and Islamic traditions. The economy has surmounted with its oil and steel industry against sanctions that foreign countries have placed in the past. With out a doubt, Iran is also an extremely beautiful country with the Gorge Milad Tower in the capital, the ancient city of Persepolis, and the coastal regions near the Caspian Sea to the north and the Persian Gulf to the south. Regardless of what sometimes the media portrays with negative attributes, there is a larger majority of positive ones that people in the West may over look. Iran in all aspects is one of the most amazing countries one can experience.

Iran is a powerful country situated in a strategic region. Iran's population will hit 100 million in 2050. Iran has many resources and it has peaceful nuclear capabilities. Iran is one of oldest civilization and countries that exist today. Persia...

Iran's economy will gain significant traction over the next forty years, but its income per capita will decline 9 spots.

Iran's oil trade and population will help this nation yo become superpower. They will have nuclear bombs in future,

18 Spain 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 ...read more.

The dark horse in terms of seeing it as a nation that has nothing to lose. It will rise in power once again and it will ever just keep getting better.

Spain was once a Great Empire-almost as big as England- and it is still important and powerful.

Spanish is the second most-spoken language in the world.

Spain has a military power comparable to Italy military power.Spain and Italy are sister nations.

19 Italy 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.

A new Mussolini is required, we are already the most powerful the whole world is feeding by our fat pizza, the power is ITALIA!

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

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

Egypt is the best country in the world!

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

Egypt sleep on a massive amount of GAS it's the matter of time should be the second place already

Egypt is the best

21 United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates or the UAE, is a country located at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar and Iran.

UAE has many things to be considered of like: having E-Learning, Expo 202, we have a lot of technologies, and much more. We always love being 1st place!

This has to be at the the top tens. It is getting more powerful and they are making megastructures. Although they are not as good as USA it is still very very great country.

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

Philippines is just a little country but you know Filipino can defeat all time. I know Phillipines is a weak country in terms of defense but I believe that in the year 2050 it will more change just like ou economy growth and many more. In defense by the future we can defeated others but some countries we didn't because we are most friendliest countries in the Asia even world. So I am very proud that It is the most powerful country in our region Southeast Asia even in the world Top 15. Possible in the 21st century it can increases the ranking and possible can range at the top 10 not in the top 5 because they are the highest standard position even USA, China, and India. Proud to be Pinoy. MABUHAY!

I cannot believe it! How come that this country is the most powerful in Southeast Asia? I'm just asking why we are #17 in the world (after the other 16 countries that dominate first before us), #6 in Asia (After India, China, Japan, Pakistan & Bangladesh) & most especially #1 in Southeast Asia? Gosh! This is proven that we have a president who is the major agent of greater change to make this country the best in Southeast Asia! Hope that PH will be great again! I'm rooting for this because I am a Filipino!

Filipino Population will rise and be in the 10th Most Populated Countries by 2050, By 2050 it will be 16th in the World's Greatest Economies and by 2100, It might be on Top 6 on the List. On Military, I think they will take the 9th Spot by 2100 because of much more better Economy.

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.

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

Great, economically, socially and military wise it may reach world power status in 2050.

sweden is much more powerful than niger and even finland!

24 Qatar Qatar Qatar, officially the State of Qatar, is a sovereign country located in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
25 Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe. It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities. ...read more.
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