The US has retained its position as the world’s most powerful nation, despite declining respect for its leadership.
That’s according to US News and World Report, which has released the latest edition of its annual “Best Countries” study.
The media organisation evaluated 80 countries across a range of criteria, including cultural history, citizenship, and quality of life.
Another key measure was “power,” which determined how economically and politically influential a country was and weighed the strength of its international alliances and military.
More than 21,000 business leaders, informed elites, and general citizens were surveyed with the goal of discovering how nations are perceived on a global scale.
The US was perceived as the most powerful, followed closely by Russia, with the UK coming in fourth. Other countries included Pakistan, Turkey, and Israel.
Below are 23 nations seen as most powerful.
11. South Korea
10. United Arab Emirates
9. Saudi Arabia
4. United Kingdom
1. United States
Source: Business Insider