Top 10 Most Powerful Countries

1 2

A number of political science surveys have said that the following countries are the most powerful today:

1. The United States of America

This country is the largest economy today and has the strongest army as well as a very powerful democracy. It is also said to be a superpower and its media is very influential as well. It has built itself and its power ever since it gained independence and is only getting more powerful. The country controls international relations and is a part of a number of influential bodies.


2. Russian Federation

The Russian Federation has the second most powerful army and controls a number of states in the Central Asian area. It has a very large population and immense world area. These factors allow it to stay independent and prevent external forces from meddling in the political, economic and financial issues of the country. Because of its size, Russia has the resources to become a superpower.


3. Peoples Republic of China

Peoples Republic of China is said to have the 4th largest GNP in the world. It has gained supremacy only recently over Britain and France. It has a large army and immense potential to become the most powerful country in the world.


4. France

France is a part of the UN Security Council and is said to be the fifth most powerful country in the world. It is a great nuclear power and influences many African nations. The French have a large army which helps in maintaining law and order. It is a G7 economy and part of the European Union.


5. Britain

Britain is part of the UN Security Council as well. It has powerful nuclear weapons and the democracy is considered to be the most stable as well. As a G7 economy and as a leading country in areas like music, films and media, the country has immense influence when it comes to world politics. It is a part of the European Union as well.


1 2

About The Author

  • silvio

    estao todos malucos ou que….1 eua 2 russia 3 franca 4 G.B 5 china 6 india 7 israel 8 paquistao 9 coreia do norte 10 coreia do sul. isto sim e a realidade numerica do potencial militar em 2012 no mundo-

  • http://none Brian S.

    ISRAEL is somewhere there…..but although a democracy, has a large BUT UNKNOWN catch of weaponry, nuclear and otherwise, that enables it to push its weight around its neighbours….even as far as IRAN.

  • Ranjitsinh Chuahan

    dont know any other but within 10 years INDIA will be Most Powerfull Country in the world

  • Asif

    I think Pakistan is most powerful then israel and india.

  • satya

    i think pakistan should not be there because there is a lot of countries that are more powerful than pakistan.
    there is something wrong here

  • Toplist

    The list is reasonable, But There are many Countries that most powerful. India is third powerful Country in the world after USA and China. Pakistan should not be in the list.

  • Mack

    I think China and Russia will soon overpower the United States. When they do, They’ll either become allies and fight the world, or fight each other. either way, America has the sh*t end of the stick if we can’t get out of this depression, stop electing power thirsty, lying, morons in any office of any kind.

  • Mack

    Wow, the amount of complete retards on this sight is astounding. Learn to spell you dumbf**ks!

  • chike ahamefule solomon

    us,russia,china,israel,britain,france,germany,india,italy nd pakistan.
    Minus mouth making north korea nd japan.

  • Shubajeet

    i think pakistan is not a powerful coubtry by any means.Israel and Italy must be in this list in the place of Pakistan and Brazil.

  • raj

    i am an indian and i don’t know about any other country…but i know about pakistan…war against india and israel made pakistan very very weak…in 1965 they lost war against india…in 1971 india defeated pakistan very badly..

    I know, pakistan is a very poor country, they beg for food and money from USA.

    i must say…at the end of 2020, pakistan will be much poor than present….

    jai hind jai bharat

  • waqar

    this is a reply of raj comment..dear i am remindig you that pakistan beat you in 1965 and 1998 kargil war… i accept that we lose 1971 war but this was due to the hypocracy of bangladesh.. we r many times weaker than u in economy but in battle we r stronger than many powerful countries even u.s.a

  • Raj

    Hey mr. waqar, i think you are in dream…don’t you know that power of a country is known as its economy.. Remember You can only battle here with your mouth… Pakistan never beat india, you can only dream it…the reality is that your poor country is now facing a big problem i.e. Terrorism.. So weak..

  • Raj

    And mr. Waqar you think that pakistan is better than U.S.A.. Hehe.. Good joke.. You should compare pakistan with bangladesh…any way go and dream for victory over india..

  • waqar

    hahahahaha…mr raj just remember the history. sub continent was the land of hindu’s.we muslim came from arabic countries and ruled u 1000 years and then divide ur country into 2 parts which was laterly divided into 3 i.e pakistan,india and bangladesh. it tells the bravery of muslims and pakistani’s. we divide ur land and get our own country.just study our history… we r nuclear power in very limited resources thats why india is afraid of us.

  • waqar

    and mr.raj after mombay taj mehal hotel attack,i think india should attack pakistan but they dont do it because they were aware of the enemity of pakistan.and were sure that pakistan will destroy them if they attack…hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • waqar

    understand, u better understand

  • waqar

    and mr. raj u mention in ur 1st comment that war against india and israel made pakistan very weak….

    for ur kind information we havn’t fight any war against israel………….
    search it.

  • Raj

    You are not aware with truth, and you have lack of knowledge… and don’t think you only have nuclear power so we afraid you… As i said you all pakistani always remains in dream..its right

  • waqar

    mr raj. we fight the thousands of terrorists and still fighting with them with spirit…and u indian were unable to capture only 4 5 terrorists in taj mehal hotel.u havn’t fight 4 5 pakistani in taj mehal hotel then how u will fight the world’s biggest islamic army (pakistan army).
    pakistan zindabad

  • Raj

    We don’t hate pakistan, but you all pakis hate india… That is the reason why we are so powerful and economicaly strong…and you are so weak, facing your internal problem as terrorism.. Remember we are not against you.. Bye tc

  • arjun

    I’m a indian and I don’t know that why india is in 7th ranking place.Actually india must be in 4th place

  • mohadis

    pakistan is however the most powerfull ov all…because our beliefs are right..allah will help us

  • Mafabi Shaidu


  • Pratap Singh

    Hey mr Waqar i only want to say that some of people like u who always supports the terorisom is the baddest people. And for u r kind information at the time of mumbai attack Indian goverment has decided to war wid u but ur govt begged to USA to stop the war.

  • partha

    1 USA & Russia( Russia has most nuclear warheads)

  • waqar

    mr pratab singh we dont begg usa… in kargil war u begg usa to tell pakistan to get back their army.usa always begg us to help us in the war against terrorism.

  • waqar

    and i think usa is not on top because they r defeated badly by country like afghanistan….

  • James

    @ Waqar: Are you kidding me? You think the USA was defeated by any country in the Middle East? Sorry buddy. We destroyed the enemy’s army in a matter of days. All that is left there are little bands of terrorists like the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. No country “beats” us in the sense that they have a stronger military. Sure, we backed out of Vietnam, but we could have dropped a couple atomic bombs and destroyed any resistance. But, we don’t do that. Even though we have the power to absolutely obliterate the enemy, we don’t just resort to using brute strength. By the way, we still give 58 billion dollars of foreign aid per year, in spite of our economy. And, yes, we have given billions of dollars to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    @ Mack: You know, we were in the middle of the Great Depression when we entered World War II. As a result of the war, everyone was put back to work, we became and unstoppable war machine, and the USA emerged as the most richest and most powerful nation after the war. So, in spite of the fact that our economy is suffering, I have no doubts that we could immediately respond to any threat instantly with overwhelming force. The current economic troubles pale in comparison to the Great Depression.

  • James

    A few typo’s in the post above. Here’s the corrected sentence:

    “we became an unstoppable war machine, and the USA emerged as the richest and most powerful nation after the war.”

  • James

    Check this link out:

    This is the definitive updated list of countries. At the moment, the USA is the ONLY superpower, however there 2 other potential superpowers: the European Union and China. I encourage you to read the article. Maybe that will snap some of you back to reality.

    Here is the definition of Superpower:

    Superpower – a country with systemic power, in almost every continent, including a top-tier industrial economy, a comprehensive global military footprint (or ability to defend itself against any other power) and enormous cultural attraction.

    Sorry Pakistan, Israel, India, Afghanistan, and all the other tiny countries that think they are strong. You guys aren’t even close to being a superpower! But, at least you guys have spirit and attitude.

  • subash

    nepal is the most powerful country in the world

  • Raj

    @james, i agree with you.. India is not a superpower… But, india is better than germany and france.. India’s GDP is now in 4th place after USA, CHINA and JAPAN

  • Vikram

    According to me..the list is-

    1. Brazile
    2. Britain
    3. China
    4. France
    5. Germany
    6. India
    7. Japan
    8. Pakistan
    9. Russia
    10. Usa

    this is the best list according to me…oh i forgot one thing, this list is according to alphabet…. Hehe

  • Vikram

    But i am seriously surprised that pakistan is in the list… Pakistan should not be even in the top 20 list… Pakistan should be declared as a terrorist country.. They have nothing..

  • Vikram

    One of my paki friend said that he don’t want to live in pakistan.. This country is full of beggars and corruptors… Every day bomb blast… Who wants to live in a terrorist country.. This is my luck that i am in india… Thank god

  • Ravi

    The list of top 20 is-
    1. India
    2. Usa
    3. Delhi
    4. Mumbai
    5. Chennai
    6. Russia
    7. Kolkata
    8. Hyederabad
    9. Chandigadh
    10. Pune
    11. Bangaluru
    12. Britain
    13. Noida and gurgaon
    14. Ahemdabad
    15. China
    16. France
    17. Japan
    18. Germany
    19. Iran
    20. Indore

    this is the list according to wikipedia..

  • waqar

    dear james if u r super power than why u begg to pakistan for help in the war against terror….the fact is that our economy is destroyed due to you…and u r afraid of china because they r destroying u in the business… u get billion dollars of loan from them annually…. ur country will soon bankrupt….china is the most powerfull country by economy and pakistan is the most powerful country in war……
    pak china friendship long live

  • waqar

    and also russia is not powerful because they were defeated badly by afghanistan in 1979…..

  • waqar

    dear vikram……pakistan is not terrorist….i think u dont know the perfect definition of terrorism….
    actually terrorists r indian because they kill 100000 innocent kashmiris …….
    the reason for their killing was just that they want freedom…..
    u also interfere in srilanka but great pakistani army finish all of ur thamil tigers…..
    u also try to interfere in bangladesh but they thaught u well lesson which u will remember for rest of the life……..

  • waqar

    mr vikram i m sure that u have learned that what is terrorism…
    long live PAKISTAN

  • Ravi

    USA can erase pakistan from world’s map by dispatching only one missile…
    and waqar, tu sala randi ka bacha, 4 baap ki aulad…kutte ki najaij aulad…india ki population hi itni h ki tere pakistan k upar moot diya to pakistan me flood aa jayega…samjha mere land ke baal waqar chutiye…

  • waqar

    good joke mr ravi……

  • Ravi

    Tu mera lauda h…ab bol gud joke..hehe

  • James

    Russia still has a more powerful military than China according to Global Firepower GDP.


    Total Aircraft: 18,234
    Helicopters: 6,417
    Serviceable Airports: 15,097

    Total Aircraft: 2,749
    Helicopters: 588
    Serviceable Airports: 1,213

    Total Aircraft: 5,176
    Helicopters: 632
    Serviceable Airports: 502

    Naval Power:

    Total Navy Ships: 2,384
    Major Ports & Terminals: 21
    Aircraft Carriers: 11
    Destroyers: 59
    Submarines: 75
    Frigates: 30
    Patrol Craft: 12
    Mine Warfare Craft: 14
    Amphibious Assault Craft: 30

    Total Navy Ships: 233
    Major Ports & Terminals: 7
    Aircraft Carriers: 1
    Destroyers: 14
    Submarines: 48
    Frigates: 5
    Patrol Craft: 60
    Mine Warfare Craft: 34
    Amphibious Assault Craft: 23

    Total Navy Ships: 972
    Major Ports & Terminals: 8
    Aircraft Carriers: 1
    Destroyers: 25
    Submarines: 63
    Frigates: 47
    Patrol Craft: 332
    Mine Warfare Craft: 52
    Amphibious Assault Craft: 233

    Land Craft:
    Total Land Weapons: 56,269
    Tanks: 9,573 [2011]
    APCs / IFVs: 26,653 [2011]
    Towed Artillery: 2,163 [2011]
    SPGs: 950 [2011]
    MLRSs: 1,430 [2011]
    Mortars: 7,500 [2011]
    AT Weapons: 8,000 [2011]
    AA Weapons: 2,106 [2011]
    Logistical Vehicles: 267,247

    Total Land Weapons: 47,575
    Tanks: 7,500 [2012]
    APCs / IFVs: 7,700 [2012]
    Towed Artillery: 25,000 [2012]
    SPGs: 2,475 [2011]
    MLRSs: 2,600 [2011]
    Mortars: 1,050 [2011]
    AT Weapons: 1,250 [2011]
    AA Weapons: 750 [2011]
    Logistical Vehicles: 55,850

    Total Land Weapons: 91,715
    Tanks: 22,950 [2011]
    APCs / IFVs: 24,900 [2011]
    Towed Artillery: 12,765 [2011]
    SPGs: 6,000 [2011]
    MLRSs: 4,500 [2011]
    Mortars: 6,600 [2011]
    AT Weapons: 14,000 [2011]
    AA Weapons: 4,644 [2011]
    Logistical Vehicles: 12,000


    Defense Budget: $692,000,000,000
    Purchasing Power: $14,660,000,000,000

    Defense Budget: $100,000,000,000
    Purchasing Power: $10,090,000,000,000

    Defense Budget: $56,000,000,000
    Purchasing Power: $2,223,000,000,000

  • James

    Haha, you think Pakistan is powerful? Let’s look at the facts.



    Total Aircraft: 1,414
    Helicopters: 535
    Serviceable Airports: 148

    Total Navy Ships: 11
    Merchant Marine Strength: 10
    Major Ports & Terminals: 2
    Aircraft Carriers: 0
    Destroyers: 1
    Submarines: 5
    Frigates: 11
    Patrol Craft: 15
    Mine Warfare Craft: 4

    Total Land Weapons: 16,461
    Tanks: 2,640 [2011]
    APCs / IFVs: 4,620 [2011]
    Towed Artillery: 1,806 [2011]
    SPGs: 595 [2011]
    MLRSs: 200 [2011]
    Mortars: 3,200 [2011]
    AT Weapons: 3,400 [2011]
    AA Weapons: 2,500 [2011]
    Logistical Vehicles: 11,500
    Amphibious Assault Craft: 1

    Defense Budget: $6,410,000,000
    Purchasing Power: $464,900,000,000
    Amphibious Assault Craft: 1

  • James


    Total Aircraft: 2,462
    Helicopters: 848
    Serviceable Airports: 352

    Total Navy Ships: 175
    Merchant Marine Strength: 324
    Major Ports & Terminals: 7
    Aircraft Carriers: 1
    Destroyers: 8
    Submarines: 15
    Frigates: 12
    Patrol Craft: 31
    Mine Warfare Craft: 8
    Amphibious Assault Craft: 20

    Total Land Weapons: 75,191
    Tanks: 5,000
    APCs / IFVs: 3,000
    Towed Artillery: 10,000
    SPGs: 100
    MLRSs: 292
    Mortars: 5,000
    AT Weapons: 51,799
    AA Weapons: 15,508
    Logistical Vehicles: 70,000

    Defense Budget: $36,030,000,000
    Purchasing Power: $4,060,000,000,000

  • James

    Waqar: You said “china is the most powerfull country by economy”

    You are wrong. America still has the highest GDP in the world.

    1. UNITED STATES: $15,040,000,000,000

    2. CHINA: $11,290,000,000,000

  • waqar

    ravi tu ne sahe bola hai k india ki population bohot ziada hai lakin mere khial mai yeh population bhi tumhari behen aur maa k chot ki aag bhujhane k lia bohot kam hai….mere khyal mai tumhari behen ki chot mai itni garmi hai k is k lia tumhe pakistan se bhi log import karne honge……….tu gattar ki paidawar hai………tumhari maa randi hai……….tumhara baap bharwa hai……..tum gaandu ho…….tumhare sisters lesbian hai……tu chot ki nahe gaand ki paidawar hai……..mai tumhe aik mashwara daita hoon k kisi haathi ki soond apni behen k lia le aao…mere khyal mai is se tumhari behen ki aag bujh jaegi………..hahahahaha
    kimine k bache
    gaandu k bache
    khabees k bache
    raandi k bache
    gidar k bache…
    sta da khor ao da mor na bache raobasam
    sta loor waghaim
    sta nasal waghaim
    sta plar waghaim
    sta da mor pa kwas k da spee khota owam……ao mor la de pa laas k da khar ghin warkam…da gashtai ao da palashti awea……sta pa mor da tola dunia wachom…….
    now this is a good jokeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • Ravi

    Aur tu mere land ka bal hi rahega…hehe..samjha chutiye