It’s not just a minor coincidence the fact that the most powerful states in the world also have strong economies being also the richest countries. Large economies based on a large population and a good productivity represents the advantages that large states have in front of smaller countries. Today, more than ever before, money gives power, so many of the most powerful states gained their power only due to their large economies.
The richest countries in the world based on the 2009 gross domestic product are:
1. United States: $14,256 trillion with a population of 310,378,000
2. Japan: $5,068 trillion with a population of 127,390,000
3. China: $4,908 trillion with a population of 1,339,790,000
4. Germany: $3,352 trillion with a population of 81,802,257
5. France: $2,675 trillion with a population of 65,447,374
6. United Kingdom $2,183 trillion with a population of 62,008,049
7. Italy $2,118 trillion with a population of 60,402,499
8. Brazil $1,574 trillion with a population of 193,587,000
9. Spain $1,464 trillion with a population of 46,072,834
10. Canada $1,336 trillion with a population of 34,263,000
Because the European Union is not a country but an economic zone is not part of this top, in fact the gross domestic product of the EU is the largest reaching $16,447 trillion. Thanks to the strong economies that compose it, the EU is currently a strong competitor to the United States which was the wealthiest nation for decades.
Currently the richest and most powerful economies are the European Union and the United States, but the two Asian countries Japan and China also join the top of wealthiest players in the world’s economy. The financial crisis of the last few years affected all major economies but now, that the signs of recovery can be seen all over the world, all eyes are fixed on the richest countries and the competition between them.