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The most powerful countries on earth in 2020, ranked

Sinéad Baker,Sinéad Baker,Sinéad Baker   

The most powerful countries on earth in 2020, ranked
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Macron, Merkel, Trump

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French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and US President Donald Trump at the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, in July 2017.

  • US News and World Report ranked countries to determine which ones are the most powerful.
  • The US stays in first place this year, but other countries have changed positions amid rising global instability and political changes.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

The US, Russia, and China remain the planet's most powerful countries even as other countries have seen their positions fall, according to this year's global power rankings.

The rankings, published by US News and World Report, look at how the influence of a nation, as well as its political, economic, and military power. The rankings are part of its annual "Best Countries" study, which evaluates 80 countries based on responses from 21,000 people.

These are the world's 25 most powerful nations, according to the 2020 rankings:




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