Belarus was ranked 35th in the world’s most powerful countries ranking, according to US News and World Report’s 2019 power ranking.
Belarus moved up one place from the last year and outranks almost all its neighbours, excluding Russia.
It is followed by some of its closest allies and traditional adversaries – Ukraine was ranked 39th and Poland – 44th. Meanwhile, Lithuania took 76th spot, and Latvia – 79th.
Expectedly, the United States has retained its spot as the most powerful country on earth, followed by Russia, China, and Germany. The top ten list is rounded out by the UK, France, Japan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea.
The power ranking assessed 80 countries taking into account its leader, economic and political influence, strong international alliances and military.
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Countries perceived to be less powerful tended to be smaller nations with medium to small economies. Estonia is viewed as the least powerful nation.
Estonia’s Baltic neighbours Latvia and Lithuania, Southeastern Europe’s Slovenia and Central Europe’s Slovakia round out the bottom five.