Top Ten Most Strategically Located Countries

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The Top Ten

1 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.

It's basically in the middle of the old world, it's close to everywhere, it controls the only way between the black sea and the mediterranean sea, it has lands in both europe and asia. The lis goes on and on.

The reason is very simple because 2 earth divided by Turkey. Not Europe and not Asia just Anatolia.

You can be sure

Perfect location

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2 United States 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.

The US has the largest contiguous region of arable land in the world overlaid by a large network of waterways, flanked by two mountain chains, flanked by two oceans. Major population centers on both the Pacific and Atlantic, gives it economic and strategic flexibility in response to global trends/events. The distance between the Americas and Eurasia-Africa provides strategic isolation from other major powers. With no regional competitor, the US has dominant influence in the Americas and has, paradoxically, significant global reach despite the distances involved. This also allows the US to shield itself from many negative consequences of global events, instead choosing how and when to engage with most of the world.

You can go anywhere from here...

The US also resides almost entirely within the northern food belt, between 30 degrees north and 50 degrees north.

Located away from other countries making it tough to attack - rohit13sanyal

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3 Iceland Iceland Iceland, also called the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean.
4 New Zealand New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. ...read more.
5 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.

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The Strait of Hormuz is a strait between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. It provides the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean and is one of the world's most strategically important choke points. Around 20% of the world's oil passes through the strait. - sgk_atomic

Iran is strategically located right in the center of Afro-Eurasia. It's rightfully nicknamed the "Crossroads of the World"

Iran is World's cross way, the connection of north to south and east to west

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6 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
7 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.
8 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.

One of the greatest contributors to the world economy and expertise along with China. Historically powerful.

Strategically located in South Asia between Middle East and South-East/East Asia.

Located at a important juncture of the Indian ocean - rohit13sanyal

It controls the Indian Ocean!

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9 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.

Located in the middle of Europe's highest mountains. Undesirable to attack.

10 Pakistan Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan and is known as the world's second most beautiful capital city. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second ...read more.

Pakistan is the gateway to central Asia. To cross between the middle east to central Asia or south asia you will have to go through Pakistan. Pakistan is also situated at the mouth of the strait of hormuz. It is also quite easy to defend as it's surrounded by natural defences as if it was created by God as a natural fortress

Pakistan because it borders historically most important nations of the world and also due to Arabian sea

Good for oil trade.

Pakistan due to its Geo-strategic location and only Muslim Nuclear capability is in eyes of all powers (China, America, Russia) and enemies (India, Israel) but looking at past of Pakistan we can get that Pakistan is unbeatable in war like situation. Pakistan fought 4 major wars with India and indirect war with Israel and Russia. We accept that we lost 1971 war against India but rest we won. Pakistan fought for Palestine, Syria and Afghanistan against Israel and Russia.

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The Newcomers

? Brunei Brunei Brunei, officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia.
? Thailand Thailand Thailand, officially the Kingdom of Thailand, formerly known as Siam, is a country at the centre of the Indochinese peninsula in Mainland Southeast Asia.

The Contenders

11 Bhutan Bhutan Bhutan, officially the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas.
12 Somalia Somalia

Very strategic place

It is connector between african and arab countries

Really in this world the best country to live is somalia.

Heart of africa, largest sea coast in africa yet within an hands reach of the gulf

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13 Cyprus Cyprus Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, off the coasts of Syria and Turkey.

A country located between Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Very strategically located with a business friendly government

In history It was captured multiple times mainly cause of Its strategic location,surrounded by the Middle East and Greece It makes sense why It had many conquerors.

Located at focal point of the Middle East, the Balkans and northern Africa - rohit13sanyal

14 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.

Sandwiched by South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, this archipelago would be a very important route for trade if a war in East Asia breaks (Taiwan vs. China, Japan vs. China, or the Korean War). Ships can pass through the vast sea lanes within the archipelago to reach the Pacific or South East Asia. This regions are home of almost half of the world's population and has one of the highest trade activities in the world.

With its strategic location isolated from its neighboring countries by sea, Its hard to invade the archipelago.

Philipinese is very strategic in southeast asian it can trade easily towards all nearby nation like japan china korea taiwan malaysia and many more and can also attack on major country like china and japan easily

Naval Power = POWER... The location of the Philippines is a fortress itself..
and it can rule the entire Pacific... Blocking all the trade in almost half of the world will be cause to a worldwide economic crisis.. That's why Philippines is a greatest threat to China if the Philippines will be under controlled by the US. also in the other way around... the Philippines will be a threat to US if the China will take over the Philippines.
The position of the Philippines is the Perfect Place to form a powerful fortress, guarding the largest ocean in the world, the Pacific.

15 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.

Asia europe

Located at juncture of Africa and Asia - rohit13sanyal

Egypt is located in the Mediterranean sea that can make them conquer Europ and Egypt also have a border in the Red sea that can make them conquer Asia and Africa

Located between Asia, Africa and Euorpe

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

Covers the complete northern hemisphere - rohit13sanyal

17 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 it's current prime minister is ...read more.

Got key holdings all over the world - rohit13sanyal

Gateway to europe

18 Norway Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard.
19 Italy Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.
20 Tunisia Tunisia Tunisia, officially the Tunisian Republic or the Republic of Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa, covering 165,000 square kilometres.

Strategic location in the Meditterian with Malta and Italy

21 Spain Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.

Spain holds the ability to restrict any state restricted to the Mediterranean from access to the Atlantic, and anywhere else in the world. The importance of the strait of Gibraltar has been severely underestimated because of the wideness of the strait, (about 7-9-ish miles).

Has an important location in the Mediterranean - rohit13sanyal

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

Located at a important juncture of the Atlantic and has border with all countries of South America - rohit13sanyal

23 China China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1.388 billion. It was established in 1949 by Chairman Mao, the president of the communist party. Its capital is Beijing. The major cities are Shanghai, ...read more.

Located at important trading route of east Rasia and south China sea - rohit13sanyal

24 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is an Arab state in Western Asia (Middle East) constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. The official Language is Arabic. The capital city is Riyadh.

Right at the heart of the Middle East - rohit13sanyal

Connect Asia to Africa

25 Australia Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.
26 Afghanistan Afghanistan Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia and Central Asia.

Afghanistan is more politically and commercially strategic then pakistan and some other countries above then Afghanistan, in the history Afghanistan was named as square of transit

Heart of Asia. Connects central Asian countries through its borders. Its located on the North and West of pakistan, South of Uzbekistan, Tajikstan and East of Iran and Turkmenistan. It also has a border with China on its northeast point.

27 Israel Israel The State of Israel is a country in the Middle East and the only country with a Jewish majority in the world but arab, african and east asian communities still can be found. ...read more.

Is the crossroad between Asia, Arabian Pennisula africa and europe.

28 Georgia Georgia Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region. Located at the crossroads between Eastern Europe and Western Asia it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russian Federation, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The country's capital and a largest city ...read more.
29 Cuba Cuba Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is a sovereign state comprising the island of Cuba as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos.
30 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.

Can attack across the Atlantic - rohit13sanyal

31 Portugal 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 ...read more.

It may be located in the tip of Europe, but serves as a hub between Brasil ( and all of South America) and Europe. It also links in part some countries in North Africa and even in central America. In some ways, if you go through the geography maps, it can be more central than countries like UK.

32 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.
33 Nepal Nepal Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a sovereign state located in South Asia. ...read more.

First, Nepal located world's biggest population China and India.

34 Iraq Iraq Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, is a country in Western Asia. ...read more.

The Cradle of Civilization, in the center of Eurafrasia.

35 Morocco Morocco

Africa 14km to EU

36 Denmark Denmark Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.
37 Sweden Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. ...read more.
38 Finland Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a sovereign state in Europe. It has a capital of Helsinki and got independence from the Soviet Union after WWI.
39 Ukraine Ukraine Ukraine is a sovereign country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland and Slovakia to the west, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively.
40 Moldova Moldova Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south.
41 South Korea South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.
42 Czech Republic Czech Republic Czechia, officially the Czech Republic, is a nation state in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast.
43 Slovakia Slovakia
44 Slovenia Slovenia Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is a nation state in southern Central Europe, located at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes.
45 Albania Albania Albania is a southeastern European country that is slightly larger than Maryland and near Montenegro, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, and Greece. The capital is a city called Tirana. Some other major cities in Albania are Durrës, Elbasan, Vlorë, and Shkodër. Albania gained its independence in 1912. ...read more.
46 Austria 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 ...read more.
47 Hungary Hungary Hungary is a sovereign state in Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast.
48 Belarus Belarus Belarus, officially the Republic of Belarus, formerly known by its Russian name Byelorussia or Belorussia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital and most populous ...read more.
49 Belgium Belgium Belgium, officially the Kingdom of Belgium, is a country in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg. A small and densely populated country, it covers an area of 30,528 square kilometers (11,787 square miles) and has a population of more than 11 million.
50 Netherlands Netherlands
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