Top Ten Most Strategically Located Countries

The Top Ten

1 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.

Most trade routes in Eurasia have to go through Turkey. Istanbul, the most strategic city in the world, controls important land and sea trade routes. It is situated at the gateway of the Black Sea, and it also controls trade routes coming from either Europe or Asia.

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.

Turkey connects Europe and Asia, has control of the very important Bosphorus strait, geographic center of land mass on earth is located in Turkey and very close to Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Israel.

When Turkey becomes Nuclear, it can hit the heart of 80% of the important areas.

2 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.

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

You can go anywhere from here...

3 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 is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. ...read more.
5 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.

Considering Caspian Sea in the North and Persian Gulf in the South, Iran is in the centre of the Silk Road as it is the only land that connect the East to the West.

The port of Chabahar is one of the most important ports in all over the world. The port of Chabahar is located on the Makran coast of Sistan and Baluchistan Province, next to the Gulf of Oman and at the mouth of Strait of Hormuz. It is the only Iranian port with direct access to the Indian Ocean. Being close to Afghanistan and the Central Asian countries of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan etc., it has been termed the "Golden Gate" to these land-locked countries.

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.

Has access to two strategic body of waters. Contrils huge oil and gas resources. Has a long long history and is actually one of the oldest countries in the world. And this list goes on...

6 Liechtenstein
7 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million kmĀ²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, ...read more.
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.

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

9 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.

Located at a important juncture of the Indian ocean

It controls the Indian Ocean!

Golden bird

10 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.

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.

Pakistan is located in a geo-strategic location inbetween Central Asia, South Asia and West Asia (Middle East) on the historic Silk Road that connected Asia and Europe. To the North is China and to the South the Arabian Sea and the mouth of the strait of Hormuz. To the West Iran and Afghanistan and to the East India with a population of over 1 billion people. Many landlocked Central Asian countries depend on Pakistan for trade and through CPEC China has reduced its shipping trade distance by thousands of miles.

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

It has a port plus a great land locked position with it amazing diversity of weathers and terrain
No country can match Pakistan when it comes to beauty, diversity and location!

The Contenders

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

Somalia is located on the mouth of redsea where large trade volume of the world passes. It has also cape Gardafou at which arabian sea, gulf of aden and Indian ocean meet which is appropriate for trade hub and transport ports.

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

Very unique location to coordinate both aerial and sea operations

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

13 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.

Located at juncture of Africa and Asia

Located between Asia, Africa and Euorpe

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

Suez canal

14 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.

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.

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

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

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

Very strategically located with a business friendly government

A country located between Europe, Asia, and Africa.

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

Covers the complete northern hemisphere

18 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.

Got key holdings all over the world

Gateway to europe

19 Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. ...read more.
20 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.

Some of the best farming land and natural resources in all of asia

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

21 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

22 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

23 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

Connect Asia to Africa

24 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.
25 Afghanistan Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia and Central Asia.

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.

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

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