Pakistan is ranked as the 20th most powerful country in the world in the 2017 Power ranking of Best Countries by US News.

Overall, Pakistan’s rank in Best Countries is 74th in the 80-country list this year. Last year (2016), Pakistan ranked 56th in the then 60-country list.

The Best Countries rankings evaluate 80 countries in 9 subrankings and through 65 country attributes drawn from a survey of more than 21,000 business elites and decision makers from 36 countries.

Best Countries in Power category

The US is ranked as the world’s Number 1 in Power category, followed by Russia (2), China (3), UK (4), Germany (5), France (6) and Japan (7).

Our neighbour India is ranked 16th in Power category. Israel, Saudi Arabia and UAE are 8th, 9th and 10th most powerful countries respectively. Turkey and Iran are ranked as 13th and 14th most powerful countries respectively.

In Power category we are just behind Italy (18) and Sweden (19).

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According to US News, the world’s most powerful countries may not necessarily be the most well-liked, but they are the nations that consistently dominate news headlines, preoccupy policymakers and shape economic forecasts.

Rightly or wrongly, their foreign and economic policy decisions can have ripple effects all over the world. Their military budgets are tracked religiously. When they make a pledge, at least some in the international community trust they will keep it.

The Power subranking is based on an equally weighted average of scores from five country attributes that related to a country’s power: a leader, economically influential, politically influential, strong international alliances and strong military alliances.

The Power subranking score had a 7 percent weight in the overall Best Countries ranking.

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Pakistan in 9 subrankings

In Overall ranking, Pakistan stood at 74. Except for Power subranking, other eight subrankings are dismal and at bottom. Rankings in Quality of Life, Adventure and Citizenship were particularly poor.

In 9 subrankings, Pakistan was ranked:

Adventure 78
Citizenship 76
Cultural Influence 70
Entrepreneurship 59
Heritage 67
Movers 61
Open for Business 68
Power 20
Quality of Life 77


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Best Countries Overall

Switzerland is ranked Number 1 in Best Countries Overall, followed by Canada (2), UK (3), Germany (4), Japan (5). The US falls from Number 4 last year to Number 7 this year in Overall category.

China was ranked 20th in Best Countries Overall while India was ranked 25th.

In Overall ranking, only Iran is behind Pakistan at 79 in our region. Other countries that fared better than Pakistan are: Myanmar (57), Sri Lanka (50), Egypt (45), Philippines (43), Vietnam (40), Indonesia (39), Turkey (36), Malaysia (35), Saudi Arabia (32), Thailand (26) and UAE (22).

How countries are ranked

A set of 65 country attributes – terms that can be used to describe a country and that are also relevant to the success of a modern nation – were identified.

Attributes by nation were presented in a survey of more than 21,000 people from across the globe. Participants assessed how closely they associated an attribute with a nation.

Each country was scored on each of the 65 country attributes based on a collection of individual survey responses.

The more a country was perceived to exemplify a certain characteristic in relation to the average, the higher that country’s attribute score and vice versa.

These scores were normalised to account for outliers and transformed into a scale that could be compared across the board.

Attributes were grouped into nine subrankings that rolled into the Best Countries ranking: Adventure, Citizenship, Cultural Influence, Entrepreneurship, Heritage, Movers, Open for Business, Power and Quality of Life.

These thematic subrankings were formed by grouping country attributes that had similar global trends in survey responses. Subranking scores for each country were determined by averaging the scores that country received in each of the attributes comprising that subranking.

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