Top 10 Most Successful Nations in the World

The Top Ten
1 United States 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.

In 1776 the American colonist declared independence from the most powerful country at that time, and a decade later, they succeeded and over time they made the powerful nation you see today. The United States is also a unique country, the first successful democratic government in human history. Though it is only my opinion, but I unequivocally believe that the United State of America is the most successful country in the world mostly because the United States lets us have a say in things, even in the Gettysburg address Lincoln said that America is a nation "for the people, by the people."

The US is the most successful country in the world, through it's economy, military, and global position. The United States has strategically placed military bases on about every continent in the world. The US has one of the best economies in the world, and a public system that takes care of everyone. The US is also home to the most prominent respected school in the world. The US is also very diverse, and foreigners often have a goal of coming to the US, wether it is to live a better life, attend one of our prominent universities, or visit.

The United States of America is the freest, most successful and amazing country in the world. We have the one of the best economies in the world, we have the most efficient and powerful military in the world, we have lots of land and pretty much every single biome from the deserts of the southwest to the tundras and taigas of Alaska, we have a great populace, and we have lots of culture, there is a lot of people from every single nation in the world that live here. America is the place to be.

America. You're amazing.
Independent from British Empire, you have easily become a superpower.
And winning various wars, you've become even more you've become a superpower.
I think you've been the most successful as per the ranking.

2 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard. Oslo is the capital of Norway. Norwegian is the official language of Norway.

Norway is truly one of the most successful countries of all time. No wonder their economy is highly developed, the government knows how to properly make use of their wealth. Norway's education and standard of living are one of the best in the world. The fact that their crime rate is one of the lowest in the world means that its citizens are doing well so they won't resort to crime. Norway's prisons are also the most humane in the world; they resemble dorms instead of actual prisons. The healthcare is also one of the best in the world, showing that the government cares for its citizens.

Norway does things right. Americans wonder why their education is such high quality, but it's because they pay their teachers like doctors and encourage progress and improvement among the individual. Norway's government is responsible and forward thinking, and that keeps on top in my opinion.

The worst crisis in Norway in the recent years was a butter crisis... Aka a shortage of butter, while the rest of the western world fell down in a economic mess.

Great economics, great quality of life, everyone values human life in Norway.

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

'Little Britain', though geographically small, managed to become a superpower that would directly influence every corner of the world to the extent never seen before. In order to for it compete globally against countries with larger resources and bigger populations, it created a more efficient and superior economic system (Bank of England, Bill of Rights) and elite military (Royal Navy) that subsequently lead to its Empire becoming the largest ever, beating its French, Spanish and Portuguese rivals. British culture is showcased across the world through its excellence in music, media, sport, art, literature...etc. whilst scientifically it has been a leading nation for centuries- its achievements in ingenuity has resulted in many world-changing inventions like the Television, World Wide Web, Newton's Laws, Telephone, Programmable Computer to name a few. It continues today to overshadow larger countries because of its strong economy and diplomatic skill. In fact, Britain is rated as the ...more

England has been around for more than a 1000 years now and have accomplished a lot.
British Empire, which includes some of the most developed nations on earth today such as, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand. The only language people ever seem to want to speak is English from England. Most of the worlds most useful inventions have come from Britain such as the T.V., the phone, the world wide web, the jet engine and the steam train also penicillin. Oh and almost every sport originated from England and our music industry is known world wide.

And England has won the world cup at least once (enough said! )

England. Gravity, electric motors, television, the internet, telephones, photographs, trains, jet engines, smallpox vaccination, programmable computers, chocolate, light bulbs, water filtration, selective breeding, sewing machines, polyester, pencils, typewriters, radio waves, colored movies, stereo sound, radar, fiber optics, calculators, 3D video games, DNA profiling, fingerprint scanning, eye recognition, disk breaks, sandwiches, ice cream, magnifying glass, flushing loos, toothbrush, corkscrews, canned food, fire extinguishers, lawn mowers, rubber bands, hoovers, dishwashers, stainless steel, blood circulation, aspirin, color blindness, Parkinson, blood transfusions, hay fever, general anesthetic, modern nursing, thermometers, mosquitoes causing malaria, vitamins, hip replacements, infrared radiation, electrons, protons, neutrons, isotopes, hawking radiation, the periodic table, countless elements, evolution, Venn diagrams, Boolean logic, Uranus, Neptune, the big bang, dinosaurs, ...more

Look at Formula 1 for example! The technology in F1 today is considered second only to NASA! More or less everything and anything to do with Formula 1 is in the UK. Even the Mercedes F1 team who are dominating F1 is based in England, and so is their F1 Race Engine division, so they clearly know where is best. Nearly all the top designers through the years have been British, and that includes at Ferrari with the likes of Adrian Newey and Ross Brawn as well as at Renault for example where again we have the likes of Rob White

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 ...read more.

Even after having been attacked France is able to lead the COP21 (Global climate change summit) in Paris, and that less that one month after attacks.

Cop21 has been the world's greatest diplomatic success.

More than 150 heads of state landed in the French capital for the opening day. Barack Obama hailed the conference as "an act of defiance" in the face of terrorism.

And more than 40,000 delegates were present and representing 195 countries.

No doubt, Cop21 is an historical success and France a great nation.

Contrary to all the surrender jokes, and France's more recent military embarrassments, France is actually one of the most successful nations as far as military and conquest in history. Protected Europe from the islamic caliphate at Tours, Conquered England successfully, the reason America became independent, Colonized much of the world, And Napoleon actually made it to Moscow, something the Germans never managed to accomplish ;) really great as far as military really up until ww2, and even the German's used much of France's old Napoleonic Era strategies in ww2...

Despite a difficult geography position neighboring powerful nations such as Germany, Spain, Italy or England... France has managed to maintain a vast territory within its border (largest country of Europe). It's is also the country with one of the highest military ratio since inception. Out of 20 wars vs England, France won 9 / 6 were a draw / 5 were a defeat...

There have been 53 major wars in Europe

France had been a belligerent in 49 of them; UK 43.

In 185 battles that France had fought over the past 800
years, their armies had won 132 times, lost 43 times and drawn only 10.

5 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 has lost the war against the USA.
However, they did not give up and wished for Japan's independence. And they became independent.
Without their wish, Japan would not be here today.

Japanese culture appeals to many outside of it, which I believe is somewhat due to the aesthetics associated with Japanese "kawaii" culture and media. Not only this, but many of the industries housed there have deep and far reaching roots and influences.

Japan have many business company worldwide... Everybody in this world are using their products... They also have culture likes anime which is well received...

One of the most beautiful cultures on earth. The notion of honour is most important for this nation. They are people of efficiency, patience, and determination.

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.

The amount of resources that a country has does not determine how successful a nation is. What does determine it is how well do they utilize the resources they have to the fullest, and Germany is hands down the best at that. Also, a successful country is self-sufficient and does not depend on other countries. (Japan is a great example their abundant exports and influential culture throughout the rest of the world. ) Back in WW2 Germany had to synthesize their own oil since their location in Europe is not necessarily the best in terms of available resources compared to America, and yet they were still the most superior country in the world without a doubt, and were heavily efficient. Their specialty in mechanical engineering have allowed them to craft amazing machines, and they have invented a lot of creative ideas and patents such as the first automobile, the first four-stroke internal combustion, diesel, and Wankel rotary engines. Not to mention, they were the first to make huge ...more

This country is in my opinion much more successful than the USA because, did the lost 2 World War's and recovered from it in a matter of century's, no, Germany had to go trough hat. Did the USA manage to build up the most effective Military by 1850, no, the german state called Prussia had it. Did the USA had been divided into over 400 states, no, it was Germany. Did the USA had invented the Automobil, no, Germany invented it. Did the USA manage to build up an economy wich is on an extremely small amount of land but still the 6th strongest GDP in the world, no, Germany did that.
I just hate it when the USA steals other countries invention.

Europe could most definitely survive without Germany. Yes the country is powerful in terms of European countries, but it's relatively small fish compared to the total system, particularly when considering the UK and France which are actually members of the top 5 nations on Earth, or even Italy which is just as if not more powerful economically compared to Germany. I will stipulate though that Germany has definitely improved in recent years and has frequently and justly participated in international affairs for the better of man-kind while also abiding by Humanitarian measurements.

I am an Afghan and I truly respect Germans. Besides all the technology advancements they provided to the world, they very intellectual people. Germany was the birthplace of many great scholars, artists, musicians and athletes. The are efficient and have a sort of determination like no other. They are truly to be admired by every other nation on earth for exemplary leadership. Bravo Germany.

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. ...read more.

India has a pretty fast growing economy, as you may have guessed by now. They really are climbing up the ladder. The problem they have to deal with is how they distribute the money. Like any other capitalist country, the poor are really poor and the rich are really rich, but in India the poor are REALLY poor and the rich are REALLY rich. Also, they really need to spend more money on infrastructure. A road is tarmac, not slightly less dirt than everywhere else.

India is a fast growing economy in this present world. Even in this present economic crisis india is growing. Even india is a developing country, it can make investments in American company. Just after China, india is considered as fast growing countries of world. In the coming 20 years india will no longer continue as a developing country, but a developed,

India is blessed with a lot of natural resources and had a great history
Game like chess was originated here. Yoga -the way to stay healthy was originated here.
A lot people may say bad or good but India has maintained her status.
people living in India do have a great heart and goons are the people whom you will everywhere. With a great history and intelligent people,India also embraces every religion. India was the first nation who discovered water on moon. and there are lots of Indian discoveries that helped in further.
indeed India is a great nation.

India should be number one. It struggled in independence from the brutal british. Even with being ruled over cruel England, India managed to have independence. Ever wanted to know why India has no king or queen? Queen victoria killed them and there children. Stole the precious gem the khoineer and yet has not returned it.

8 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.

Switzerland is one of the worlds most prosperous and wealthy country. everybody there is practically rich and they all have individual freedoms. In addition its one of the most hard working countries, unlike other European countries whose people rely off the government for help... *cough* Norway *cough* Finland *cough* Sweden*

How is Swiss not number 1? It's heaven in Earth with delicious chocolate and less pollution.

Most prosperous, least with wars. Can't think of any others in that category.

Switzerland is a small country and yet, it is one of the few success stories in the world

9 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.

Why the hell isn't this in the top ten?! China is very, very successful! It's developing very fast and twice as fast as India! The economy is growing very fast and it is becoming a lot more modern. China is awesome. America and Europe are the past. China is the future!

China isn't even Communist, people have different amounts of money in China, the owning of factories of China also means that it isn't Communist.

China has the most impressive for of government and has a assertive foreign and defense policy. China is the 2nd fastest growing country.

China's economy is growing fast and has the second largest economy and they have a large population and army. China deserves to be number 1.

10 Singapore Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign island country and city-state in maritime Southeast Asia. It lies about one degree of latitude (137 kilometres or 85 miles) north of the equator, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, bordering the Strait of Malacca to the west, ...read more.

In my opinion, if you have not been to Singapore, you will be missing out on one of the world's better places to be.

One of the most convenient island city/country to live in, utterly resplendent.

Just a tiny island, and starting with next to nothing, to being a fully developed nation within a handful of decades.

An efficient and great government system that shows fairness to its population, regardless of locals or foreigners. Something many countries have not achieved on a full nationwide scale.

If this isn't proof enough, than nothing else matters.

Not only is this one of the biggest economic giants, but it's one of the safest countries in the world. You hardly ever see police around, not because they're lazy, or can't hire people, but because there's such a small need for them. If that doesn't point out a vastly superior economic country, than even the USA, I don't know what does.

The government has successfully implemented policies that improved the economy (a switch from entrep't trade to self-reliance in sectors like manufacturing to services), stabilised the society (mending cracks that were formed by ethnic conflicts before independence) and managed the environment (good land planning and sustainability, and promoting greening of the city, earning Singapore the title "Garden City"). These successful policies have helped Singapore experience high speed development, growing from a 3rd World nation to 1st World nation in just 1 generation.

Probably the fastest country ever to go from third world to first world (1965- now) Unlike many other rich countries Singapore didn't have all those natural resources (oil/gas) it was through good governing and sheer hard work to get to where they are now.

The Contenders
11 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It shares land borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east, with the Gulf of Bothnia to the west and the Gulf of Finland across Estonia to the south. Finland covers an area of 338,455 ...read more.

Usually places in top ten regardless of survey along with other Northern European countries. Great and free-of-charge education, freedom of press, least corruption etc.

Finland has better equality than most European countries and has a better quality of life. Finland is full of nature untouched by man. In Finland you can really know the true meaning of freedom

This should be much higher in the list. It has such a great economy and government, and is an extremely developed and friendly country. I love Finland, and I think more people should know about it and how great it is.
#suomi

Finland is very smart.
Do you think I will be smart if I go to finland?

12 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 a brilliant country full of excitement, adventure, freedom, and a great landscape, which makes the land unforgettable in its own words. It has a strong economy and it appreciates human rights.

Canada is awesome. Great people, gorgeous women, good food, great policies, beautiful land, intercultural, what more can you ask for?

So beautiful... I can never imagine the world without Canada. So many people are nice here. Love you, Canada!

I really wish to school in Canada but I am not opportune d as a result of financial problem.

13 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.

Australia is without a doubt the greatest nation in the world today. Yes we may not have the powerful armies or the economic powerhouses or overwhelming international influence, but we have far better, more important and attractive features. In Australia, everyone, whether you're black or white, male or female is treated with the same respect as the next person. Indeed quite a number of my elder family are European immigrants. For years I've known that they chose to move to this country and those reasons are simple; equality, opportunity, peace and democracy. In Australia, everyone has the same rights, governance is fair and just and hinged by the rule of law. Here people enjoy the highest standards of living, with great opportunities for those to start a fresh page in a new life. We have the greatest education in the world and rank high in all international measures of humanity measurements. I could go on, but I simply would ever stop talking. To sum up in Australia we value and ...more

Allowing the individual who resides in Australia to feel as though they are not just a 'number', yet more of a 'individual'. Australia provides excellent public facilities and cares more about how people feel as opposed to getting people used to new ideas.
Being multi-cultural and so diverse in terms of scenery and geographic wise, the Australian standard is seen throughout the entire country. Clean, safe cities, towns with the rule of law.

Best country on the planet by far! This is not an biased and subjective triate.. But merely an accurate reflection of living in Australia.. Due to the ease at which Australia affords its citizens to have... However I don't think Australia will become a "super giant" economically... Due to its small population size... However.. If you want the worlds BEST standard of living.. Then look no further then Australia

Australia has a great health system, political system and has been the country least effected by the global financial crisis! And yes it is one of the most multicultural country in the world! Plus it has great whether beaches and food! Not that they have anything to do with it!

14 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund. At 450,295 square kilometers (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the third-largest country in the European Union by area, with a total population of 10 million.

I've lived in Sweden for 12 years and I found it to be really easy for people to get jobs and good education. I am currently living in Singapore, a country in Asia that is very rich as well, but Sweden has a lot of good high points and we are economically stable to my understanding.

Great country, is high on almost everything good can't think of anything bad about Sweden. I'm moving there soon. Big hug from a Norwegian that will soon be a Swede.

Beautiful country with beautiful, kind, and respectful people.

Its functions well and the people are nice. But its like Harry Enfield's character

15 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.

South Korea was a country many nations helped 60 years ago just after Korean War. Now Korea is helping many nations in humanitarian way and with technologies.

There aren't any countries that became one of most successful countries in short-terms except South Korea.

I like how the main oriental Asian countries are doing so well. Asians are going to take over the world!

Many companies expect South Korea and other 3 dragons will be the richest state on earth in 2050.

16 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.

1. The worlds most beautiful lake called Lake Saif-ul-Maluke is in Pakistan.
2. The only country that produce a legend of Squash player Jhangir Khan, Who win the British Title 10 times in row.
3. North Pakistan has the biggest glaciers in the world, and some of the most beautiful mountain sceneries.
4. Most of the largest mosques are located in Pakistan like the baadshahi mosque in lahore, faisal mosque in islamabad, masjid e tooba in karachi and mecca masjid in hyderabad.

Despite certain crisis and poor economic conditions, Pakistan is the only Muslim country on the gloab which is Atomic power, and still surviving as a strong country.

Worlds bravest army in the world to save the nation from terrors.

Most good cotton in the world.

17 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.

Despite all its oil revenue and 40% of its other revenue being retained by Westminster, Scotland is a successful country, providing for its citizens' needs much better than its larger neighbour.

18 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.

Soviet Union (and all Warsaw Pact countries) was really successful without homeless and unemployed it was one and only Superpower.

Pioneered Space and Nuclear Arms and became the largest country in the world.

19 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.

Why is this so low? Guess a lot of people don't really know the geography of the UK.

20 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 ...read more.

One of the highest GDP's per capita in the world, especially if you don't count the countries that are only on that list because of oil money. Great music, films, and soccer, not to mention the history of being the oldest kingdom in the world.

It is really wonderful and capable country in the surface of the world... I love them so much...

Denmark is good Chess history man, grandmaster Larsen, and super system football.

21 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.

The greatest nation in the world (in the history of wars). They were managing the world with justice. They were killing who did injustice something they were killing he/she. (Even the turks)

Like Malaysia, Turkey will be in developed countries list in next age. But first step they should do is... Let Kurd free!

At least, much better than some of these.

The country destroyed the Byzantine, conquested Istanbul and so on...

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. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip (Palestine) and Israel to the northeast, ...read more.

Egypt is the "mother of the world". It holds one of the top seven wonders of the world and is extremely amazing.

Where mankind began. First to lead in every elements.

Lasted the longest

23 Wales Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Located on the island of Great Britain, it is bordered by England to the east, the Irish Sea to the north and west, and the Bristol Channel to the south.
24 Indonesia Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia. Ruled by the Dutch for over 300 years and Japan for 3 years and 6 months, the country gained independence in 1945, or exactly in 17th August 1945. Jakarta is the capital city, located in the island of Java. Major languages ...read more.

Indonesia also has an unjust, corrupt and undemocratic system of government. Ordinary people are murdered on the lowest of crimes, standard of living is shocking, human rights are constantly violated, protective and security measures are just horrendous and every tourist who ever visits seems to die a "tragic death" either from surfing at those "great beaches", drinking or eating at Indonesian restaurants or from being imprisoned or executed based on ridiculous criminal accusations.

I Really Love Indonesia, because its have wonderful and beautiful places, very exciting... Indonesia have many unique and beautiful places, such as Bali, Lombok, Ambon, Bangka Belitung and Yogyakarta... You never imagine Indonesia, if you never come to Indonesia... Indonesia is Really Asia!

I Love Indonesia because its economy getting better year by year. But they have serious problem with corrupt government and work distribution.

Why indonesia? Because we live peace.

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

It's a beautiful place with vibrant culture as well as good food and drinks.

Beautiful country. Very nice people

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