RANKED: The 25 most powerful nations on earth

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US News and World Report ranks nations for a yearly “Best Countries” study. It includes a global power list – a list of the world’s most powerful countries based on their alliances, influence and whether the country is a leader. The US stays in first place this year, but other countries have changed positions amid rising instability.

The US remains the world’s most powerful country while others have seen their positions fall amid rising instability 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.

They come as part of the media organization’s annual “Best Countries” study, which evaluated 80 countries based on responses from 21,000 people. 

Scroll down to see the 25 most powerful nations, according to this year’s rankings.

25. Egypt Chris McGrathMarco Di Lauro/Getty Images

US News describes Egypt as “one of the world’s earliest and greatest civilizations.” Most of the country’s economic activities take place along the Nile River Valley. Tourism, manufacturing, and agriculture are important industries, but political uncertainty has slowed economic growth.

24. Singapore countryChris McGrath/Getty Images

Singapore has one of the world’s busiest ports, and US News describes it as a “bustling metropolis.” The country has experienced huge economic and population growth in recent years.

23. Spain Digital Media AgenciesREUTERS/Albert Gea

Spain has fallen one place since last year, as its economy continues to falter and unemployment remains high. A crisis caused by Catalonia voting for independence created more instability in the country, which is known for its art and culture and is very popular with tourists.

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