|TOP TEN POWERFUL NATIONS 2014 (According to Global Presence)|
|RANK||POWERFUL COUNTRIES||GLOBAL PRESENCE INDEX 2014|
According to Global Presence Index 2014, the top ten most powerful countries in the world are :
United States : The United States heads the UN's list of countries by GDP, and is the third most populous country in the world. It also heads the power index on four parameters, namely economic, military, technological, and foreign affairs capabilities. The US looks set to stay on the top of the list for at least another decade or more.
United Kingdom : The United Kingdom has long been a world superpower, once controlling a quarter of the land on Earth. Placed in the top seven economies of the world by GDP rankings, the UK continues to exercise influence through its leadership of commonwealth countries. The UK is also the world's sixth-largest military spender.
Germany : Germany is known for its strong economy, which ranks fourth worldwide, as well as its innovative technology sector. A fairly large country within Europe, Germany is the eighteenth largest nation by population. Germany also has a strong military presence, ranking ninth in military spending.
France : France is an influential nation with a high standards of living and strong involvement in international issues. Though, France ranks fairly low in energy security, its position as a permanent member of the UN Security Council enhances France's position in global diplomacy.
Russia : The largest country in the world in size, Russia ranks second in the world in military capability. Its vast energy resources also place it high in the energy security category, and it continues to exercise international influence, thus leading to its high ranking in the foreign affairs capability category.
Japan : Japan's strong economy ranks fourth worldwide, aided by its automobile industry, and science and technology. Japan spends the fifth highest amount on its military and defense budget, despite officially renouncing its right to declare war. Though Japan is a small country in area, it has the 11th highest population worldwide.
The Netherlands : A small densely populated country located in Western Europe, is the world’s second largest exporter of food and agricultural products after the United States. The country has a strong economy and is the sixth-largest economy in the European Union. A market-based economy, the Index of Economic Freedom has ranked it 17th out of 177 countries.
Canada : A generally neutral nation, Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia. Close ties with the United States and a commonwealth of the United Kingdom help give Canada a powerful ranking, as do its wealth of natural resources and high standards of living that place it high on the human development index. Canada also enjoys a strong economy with the eleventh highest GDP in the world.
Italy : A major regional power, Italy has played a major role in the European and world diplomatic, cultural and military affairs. Italy is the third-largest economy in the euro-zone. As per the 2014 estimate, the GDP per capita (PPP) of the country is $34,500.
|Top Ten Powerful Nations 2013 (According to Global Presence)|
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|Top Ten Powerful Countries Ranking (2012)|
|Country||Capital City||Continent||Currency||National Power Index||Ranking (NPI)|
|United States||Washington DC||North America||US Dollar||77.77||1|
|France||Paris||Europe||Euro (Formerly French Franc)||43.24||4|
|Germany||Berlin||Europe||Euro (Formerly Deutsche Mark)||39.77||7|
|India||New Delhi||Asia||Indian Rupee||35.4||8|
|Canada||Ottawa||North America||Canadian Dollar||32.86||9|
|Israel||Jerusalem||Asia||Israeli new shekel||32.19||10|
NOTE: National Power Index (NPI) 2012 is a comprehensively revised version of the previous National Security Indexes published in India’s National Security Annual Review (INSAR) series since 2002.
The National Power Index is a comprehensive list that ranks the countries of the world according to a composite index which combines statistical analysis of the Economic, Military, Population , Technology, Energy Security, and Foreign Affairs capabilities of a country. Each of these factors is given a certain weightage and the overall composite index is prepared after detailed analysis of the individual components.
Last Updated on: July 6, 2015
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