The US News & World Report recently published a list of the World’s Most Powerful Countries in 2023. The assessment was conducted as a part of the ‘Best Countries’ study. It involved surveying 17,000 individuals and their opinions on 87 diverse countries. 

According to the US News & World Report, ‘The Power subranking is based on an equally weighted average of scores from six country attributes that relate to a country’s power: a leader, economically influential, has strong exports, politically influential, strong international alliances and strong military.’ 

Here are the World’s Most Powerful Countries 2023:

1. US

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The American flag outside the White House
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Topping the list of the most powerful countries in the world in 2023 is the United States of America. The American media company has called the US the ‘global dominant force’ by continuing to keep the country on the pole position in its power ranking. The country is topping several charts being, ‘world’s largest economy in terms of GDP’ ($25.5 trillion), ‘world’s “most technologically powerful” country’, ‘world’s top producer of both oil and natural gas’, ‘world’ largest media industry with global influence’, home to world’s top universities, etc. However, the US still struggles with issues like polarised politics, firearm deaths, racial tensions, and income inequality. 

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2. China

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China – The 2nd most powerful country in the world
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The World’s second-largest country by landmass, the world’s second-biggest economy and one of the fastest-growing world economies along with nuclear capabilities, US News put China 2nd in the list of world’s most powerful countries. With its membership in several major international organisations, China sees a boost in power rankings. However, the rapid growth has been countered with problems like inequality, pollution, human rights concerns and tensions with other world powers. 

3. Russia

Russia- 2nd most owerful country
Moscow Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia.
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Despite its setting back and isolating war with Ukraine, Russia retains the No. 3 spot. Russia’s power is backed by being the largest country by landmass and sharing sea borders with Japan and the US. However, it is also known for key industries like oil and natural gas production, agriculture, fishing, and manufacturing, weapons export, as well as, contributions to culture and science. Like other top powers, Russia also holds membership in international organisations like G20, WTO and United Nations Security Council. 

4. Germany

The Bundestag building, Parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany
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With strong international alliances and economic influences, Germany is the highest-rated country from the European Union on the list of the world’s most powerful countries 2023. The country is known to be one of the biggest importers and exporters in the world. It also actively contributes to arts, natural and social sciences with a highly skilled and affluent workforce. Meanwhile, the country faces issues of an aging population. 

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5. United Kingdom

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Union Jack flag and Big Ben in the background, London, UK
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US News describes the UK as “a highly developed nation that exerts considerable international economic, political, scientific and cultural influence.” The country’s strong global stance is credited to its British Empire legacy. The UK’s London city is a major financial centre and one of the top-visited tourist cities along with the best universities. Since its exit from the EU, the country faces questions about its ‘role on the global stage’. 

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6. South Korea

South Korea
Seoul City Skyline, The best view of South Korea
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Several points boost South Korea’s power ranking among the World’s most powerful countries in 2023. Some of the many factors include – a strong military, strong exports (especially of cars and technology), one of the world’s largest gross national savings and reserves of foreign investment and partaking in international organisations like the UN, G20, World Trade Organization, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum. US News describes South Korea’s “high-tech, service-based economy” as “a foreign investment success story,” making it one of the world’s biggest economies.

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7. France

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View of Eiffel Tower and River Seine at sunrise in Paris, France
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According to US News, “France is one of the world’s oldest countries, and its reach extends around the globe through science, politics, economics and perhaps above all, culture.” Just like its EU counterpart, Germany, France also has strong international and economic alliances. However, France’s strongest yardstick is ‘tourism’ as it is one of the most visited countries on earth. Tourism fuels France’s major economy which ranks among the strongest in the world. 

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8. Japan

Cherry blossoms in Japan
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Japan retains its rank from last year and rightly so as the country is the world’s third-largest economy and the fourth-highest economic influence globally. The country is among the world’s largest producers of vehicles, electronic equipment, and steel. The study has described Japan as one of the world’s “most literate and technically advanced nations.”

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9. Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Saud Arabia
Riyadh city skyline, Saudi Arabia
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With its political and economic influence, Saudi Arabia has moved up to rank 9th in the world’s most powerful countries in 2023 list. The country is the world’s largest oil supplier, contributing to about a quarter of global oil supplies. Adding to it, Saudi Arabia is also an OPEC founding member as well as a member of several other international organisations. It is to be noted that the country is a prime pilgrimage spot for Muslims. 

10. United Arab Emirates

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Dubai – amazing city centre skyline with luxury skyscrapers
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With one of its legs swaying in hypermodernity and the other one still deep-rooted in Emirati cultures and traditions, the UAE has rapidly transformed in many sectors. With its discovery of oil in the mid-20th century, the UAE now has one of the most competitive world economies. The study states that UAE’s per capita GDP is now comparable to that of major Western European nations. Not to forget, Dubai is now the top-visited tourist city in the world due to its easy online Dubai visa process, roping in millions of visitors from around the world every year. 

11. Israel

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Wailing Wall in Old City in Jerusalem, Israel
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Israel holds a significant position on the global stage, as well as on the ‘World’s Most Powerful Countries 2023’ list, despite its relatively small size. The highly developed ‘State of Israel’ excels in indicators like life expectancy, education and per capita income. Its rankings are also powered by a strong military and political influence. However, the country is held back due to reasons like, a very unequal economy, human rights violations and radical disputes with occupied Palestinian territories. 

12. India

Mumbai, India
Gateway of India, Mumbai, India
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Gaining one spot from the previous year, India secures 12th position in the list of the world’s most powerful countries. India is not only the second most populous country but also the world’s largest democracy and is powered by a ‘fast-growing, diverse economy with a large, skilled workforce’. Along with advances in exports and economic influence, the country has also grown to become an ‘important centre of information technology services, corporate outsourcing services, and software employees thanks to its educated, English-speaking workforce, ‘ says US News. 

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13. Canada

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Canadian flag in front of view of False Creek and the Burrard street bridge in Vancouver, Canada
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The “high-tech industrial society with a high standard of living” country of Canada dropped one place from the 2022 list. Canada is the fourth-largest producer of oil in the world and also has the third-largest proven oil reserves. Additionally, the survey also points out Canada’s economic influence and strong international alliances. 

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14. Ukraine

Motherland statue, Kyiv, Ukraine
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Ukraine’s strong military is a major factor that powers Ukraine’s position as one of the most powerful and best countries. Ukraine’s resistance to Russian invasion for more than a year has proved its strong military force and has gained global praise for the same. While the country has gained substantial political and military support from Western allies, the invasion has caused significant damage. The US News states, the country’s three largest economic sectors include services,  industry and agriculture. It is also an active member of international organisations like the UN and WTO. 

15. Turkey

Hot Air balloons in Cappadocia, Turkey
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Turkey’s geopolitical stance is significant globally as it is an important bridge between the Western and Eastern worlds. The country is a significant member of the UN, OECD and NATO. Tourism, as well as culture, are strong pursuits that boost Turkey’s power rankings. However, the country faces issues like regional fighting, terrorism and political instability. 

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The World’s Most Powerful Countries 2023 Top 50

RankCountryPower and Influence Score
1United States95.36
5United Kingdom94.56
7South Korea94.18
14Saudi Arabia92.31
23United Arab Emirates89.83
33South Africa88.61
34North Korea87.83
48Czech Republic83.34

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