Top 10 superpowers in the world -Brazil at No. 10

Top 10 Super Powers In The World

What makes a country superpower? What's make a country to move from being strong, regional power and then finally superpower? What are different criteria on which we weigh a country's power? Today in this hub, we will discuss about all these factors and also try to come up with a list of top 10 superpowers in the the world based on different criteria.

When we talk about power, the first criteria which comes to our mind is military strength. A country's strength is mainly defined by its land forces, navies and air forces. So first and priority 1 criteria which we will use today will the defence capability.

After military might, second factor which strikes me is the economic power. From buying a needle to buying an aircraft carrier, you need money. Money is needed to do research, to manufacture products and to build universities. You can imagine the essence of money by the fact that Russia, even after having he same military might as America during cold war could not emerge as the only superpower because it was still relatively poor than US. The emergence of China as a world superpower was mostly fueled by its economic success.

Third factor which comes to mind is the country resource, both natural and human. To be a superpower, you need both natural and human resources. This can be understood by the fact that middle east countries are so rich in oil but due to lack of human resources they are nowhere near to be a superpower. On the other hand, countries like Israel cannot even grow potatoes, but are a big power in the reason due to their human resource excellence.

Fourth and final factor which I will consider while creating the list below is the political angle. You might not be economically or militarily strong but you may still be able to use your political influence in a region to change the outcome of any dispute. For example, future of Afghanistan is highly dependent on the kind of decisions taken in Islamabad.

So while coming up with the list of top 10 superpower, we will use the above mentioned factors. So here we go with our list...


Number 10 - Brazil

Brazil stand at the 10 position in our list of top 10 global superpowers. 6th largest country and the largest country in South America continent, this country is also one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Brazil is also very rich in natural resources like oil and wood. Brazil contain more than half of the world's rainforest. It is one of the four countries in BRIC (Brazil - Russia - India - China) which are assumed to be next superpowers.

World Superpower Countries list

1. United States Of America

2. China

3. Russia

4. Japan

5. Germany

6. United Kingdom

7. India

8. South Africa

9. France

10. Brazil

Brazil strength on our Criteria

1. Military: Brazil armed forces are the largest in South America Continent with more than 371,000 active troops and officers which is controlled by President on country. With no threats from its neighbors, its forces are mainly involved in civic programs like road construction, education, heathcare etc. Brazil forces have also worked as peace keeper under United Nation around the world.

Brazil's defence account for 2.5% of GDP (about $51 billion) which is ranked 13th in the world. Brazil was the first country in South America to admit women in its forces in 1980. Women serves in its Navy and Air force.

Brazil Army

Brazil Army are the most influential forces in South America because of its size and experience. Brazilian army consists of more than 200,00 active troops and operates from seven operation commands. Brazil army is headed by its president and headquartered in Sao Paulo. It is equipped with state of he art equipments and have taken part in many peacekeeping operation under United nations. Brazil army is currently working in earthquake ridden Haiti and involved in relief operations.

Although there are no threats to its border from any of its neighboring country, Brazil Army still maintain a fleet of Main Battle Tanks MBT which is around 150 and consists of Leopard and M60A3 class. Its also maintain a good number of light battle tanks.

Even though Brazil Army is most impressive one in South America, its not much experienced in handling modern day threat like terrorism and guerrilla warfare or full fledged war with a country. The reason for this is the peace in the region. Hence in comparison to some of Asian and European army, its army looks inexperienced.

Brazil Navy
Brazil Navy

Brazil Navy

With a total strength of 64,700 Brazil navy aims to be a true Blue water navy and control the power in the region. Currently the country only operate one aircraft carrier Sao Paulo which was made by French. Till 2002, navy didn't have the power to fly aircraft from its carrier which can only be operated by its Air Force and Navy was only allowed to fly Helicopters. However now Navy controls and operates both air crafts and helicopters from its deck.

Brazilian Navy also operates some submarines but their numbers are restricted to 5. Including the aircraft carrier, Brazil Navy operates 89 ships in all.

As it can be seen that its navy is increasing its power slowly but at its current strength, it hardly can be awarded the status of Blue water Navy.

Brazil Air force
Brazil Air force

Brazil Air force

As it goes with the Brazilian Army and Navy, its air force is also the largest air force in South America continent. FAB (Brazilian Air Force) as it is known as, is consist of more than 800 air crafts and more than 50,000 personnel. Its most interesting program SIVAM is a huge network of Radars, sensors and personnel integrated to guard and protect the Amazon rain forest resource.

Brazilian combat air power is based on three main classes of aircraft which are NorthropF5, Aermacchi A1 and Embraer A/T-29. A-1 are its main attack bombers aircraft. Its also operates some Mirage 2000 which it bought from France.

The main heavy transport aircraft is the Lockheed C-130H Hercules which will be in service for some time to go. Brazilian air force is seeing some upgrade to its existing fleet and new purchase to make it a world class force in near future. All in all, it is the only branch of its armed force which can be compared to some top air forces in the world.

Brazil Military Strength Score:5/10

Based on its over all military strength and experience, its score come out to be 5/10.

2. Brazil Economy

The Economy of Brazil is world's eighth largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth largest by purchasing power. Its the largest economy in South America and second largest in Southern Hemisphere. Brazil's economy is moderately open and among the fastest growing economy in the world growing consistently at around 5% every year.

Brazil is predicted to be among the largest economy in coming decades and already being discussed among the BRIC economy (Brazil - Russia - India - China). Liberals steps taken in 90's have greatly reduced its deficit and inflation to single figure. Brazil have also become pioneer in sophisticated technological sector where it is producing aircraft and submarines and have also taken strides in space technology. It has got its own space launching station and have also contributed in ISS (International Space Station).

Largest portion of its GDP comes from its service sector which contribute about 68% and Industrial sector which contribute around 28%.

Brazil is independent when it comes to agriculture and world leading producer of Soybean.

Brazilian Industrial sector is also very advanced where it manufacture automobiles, aircraft, steel, computers and consumer durables. It is also independent in power consumption and a major producer of hydro electricity.

In last few decades, Brazil have greatly reduced its poverty and illiteracy. From being ruled by Portugal from 1500AD to till today, Brazil have transformed itself to a great extent.

Brazil Economical strength score: 7/10

amazon rainforest
amazon rainforest

3. Brazil Natural and Human Resource

Brazil is blessed with both Natural and Human resources.

Natural Resources: Brazil account for more than half of world's rain forest. Together with Amazon this create world largest wildlife population which have got highest number of species in world. It has got large iron and manganese reserves, deposits of nickel, tin, chromite, uranium, bauxite, beryllium, copper, lead, tungsten, zinc, gold, and other minerals. It has got also good reserve of oil reserve. Its got huge sea coast line which are also good in sea resources. 80% of its energy need come from hydro electricity projects with in the country. How even in last few years, Brazil have seen last scale deforestation in amazon which have concerned ecologist across the world.

Human Resources: Brazil human resource have also made progress in last few decades where they have moved from exporting coffee and soybean to exporting aircraft, steel, submarines and machinery. 100% of Brazil children go to school. 34 of its companies are listed in Forbes 2000 companies list. However Brazil still faces large scale corruption and violence.

Brazil Natural / Human Resource score: 6/10

BRIC countries
BRIC countries

4. Brazil Geopolitical strengh

Being the largest and most powerful nation in South America, Brazil carry a substantial weight behind its say in world affairs. Being a part of BRIC and fast growing economy is also adding power to its strength. If there is an expansion in security council then it is almost certain that Brazil will be a part of that list. It also have very good relation with all the major countries and continuously moving towards becoming a major power house of the world.

Brazil Geopolitical strength score: 6/10

5. Germany

6. United Kingdom

7. India

8. South Africa

9. France

10. Brazil

World Superpower Countries list

1. United States Of America

2. China

3. Russia

4. Japan

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Paulette305 6 years ago

Nav -- great hub! GREAT information that global citizens need to know. We have to hope that because of this kind of potential, Russia doesn't sway Brazil to see the world from it's point of view. My hope is that Brazil will one day soon start to take care of their very poor citizens.

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navneetjha 6 years ago from London, United Kingdom Author

Thanks for your comment Paul...I am sure, Brazil will move ahead of Russia in coming time in terms for economy and its influence over world's affair..

If you are from Brazil, then your golden era is just round the corner..

Brazil is still growing and I am sure its poor people will gets its share of development very soon..

urad dal 6 years ago


ravi kumar 6 years ago

its gr8 to know brazil stand 10th postion in the world powerful country ..

Unbound Elephant 5 years ago

lets see what is the future for brazil!

customer 5 years ago

loving that the top 10 consists of only one country... magic

Riiiight.... 5 years ago

How come it's only one country?

siddhant joshi 5 years ago

in football brazil is a super- power & in coming years bric countries can break the monopoly of america and europian union

Abimbola Olarinde 5 years ago

I can't believe this's true,bravo Brazil.

mehe 5 years ago

doubt that brazil will outscore Russia for uch longer. One Russia's economy is fully retructured it will more than likely grow to replace even china. After all Russia has the want and support ofit's citizes.

k.sai kylash 5 years ago

The problems with keeping weapons is a big problem which is a main cause for the cold war.It causes the thirst for Nuclear weapons in this golden era for brazil which was as told by naveenthjha above as a result all the countries will have the thirst for Nuclear weapons which .......................... may cause for any war.

saadpakistan] 5 years ago

i m happy 4 brazil.

sule usman 5 years ago

is Brazil the only superpower in the world ??????????

JOHN PEN 5 years ago


mugabe m 5 years ago

you where not to that brazil could hold that position in the world

justin 5 years ago

the true independent country,

amrik singh 5 years ago

what about other countries in the list of superpower

Sunusi ibrahim nig jig state 5 years ago

I am not agreed wit ur result thr ar so many super powers cntrys not brasil is growing country

Nikhil nair 5 years ago

hey guys you are right where are the rest of the countries????

nidhin paul . t 5 years ago

india is the most power full country in 2030 no doubt in that i am proud to be an indian

shine0225 4 years ago

Yes India Is the most power full country.........East The West India Is Best

deioncato 4 years ago

aye dumb asses United States of America #1 duhh

Zindagi 4 years ago

India will be super power in 2030,, y not now???

Zindagi 4 years ago

Nobody will be superpower,,, now IRAN s only superpower,, wen U.S getting scared from IRAN, then Iran s king right now.

vky 4 years ago

the above info. isn't true....India shld b at no.4 folowd by u.s.,russia nd china

kelum 4 years ago

this is good to better change

bakari 4 years ago

china is the current superpower followed by IRAN

A willams 4 years ago

india has the capablity to beacam no 1 .because inda have devilping in scieans $ tecnolgy .indians r very brilant people . india has a ancieant history .in mathamatics & scieans .so india is still hard working to be the no 1.indian army is the finest army in the world to take part in any mission task .have a gurds to fight .because they r bron to do that india is superpower for the next decit?

hafis 4 years ago

BRIC will rule this and coming centuries

sameer 4 years ago

screw all i am the superpower bolay to Pakkistaaaaaaaaaaannn

yeah that's how u spell it allrighy

kaushal kishor tiwari 4 years ago

we indians want to make india superpower in the universe. and we are going in this direction. i have proud to be an indian

visitor 4 years ago

I wonder how you are going to justify ranking Brazil 10 below India and South Africa. These articles of you are just bullcrap. GO and educate yourself. Visit those countries first.

cody 4 years ago

united states

Leonardo 4 years ago

Hail BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa)

Collo 4 years ago


Ratingman 3 years ago

USA lost most of its power over the years and is going downhill because of the corrupted government and 50% of brainwashed fat people who don't care about nothing but profile pics at facebook. BRICS are ruling right now.

Superhornet 3 years ago

Um, how did this happen. Australia has the largest and most advanced Army, Navy and Air Force in the Southern Hemisphere and it has oil, iron,gold,wood and uranium. It also has one of the most wealthiest economies in the world and a stable government. It is one of the top 20 most powerful countries in the world. So it is more powerful than Brazil and Japan.

indian 3 years ago

superpower for what??... fighting with each other??....not at all... love is the only superpower on this living planet ....

Tim 3 years ago

There is only one Super Power and that is the United States the other country's are only Great Powers.

Someone 3 years ago

There is a button near the end of the Brazilian article that takes you to the page about France.

Peter 3 years ago

South Africa before France ?!! Why not Indonesia, Mexico, Liechtenstein ?

Faisal 3 years ago

The best superpower country in the world is INDIA.

usa is thr best 3 years ago

usa is number one they are the worlds only superpower

yawer 3 years ago

whf about pakistan

Deepak Bhaskar 3 years ago

Germany will surpass everybody and will be the undisputed leader of the world in the coming years!!! With a strong technological and human resources base, Germany will surely edge out others!!!

dan 3 years ago


jose 3 years ago

Philippines is number #1

dsouza 3 years ago

Why not Iran next super power??????????????????

Orfeu 3 years ago

Well,I'm brazilian and I 'm very happy reading this, our situation here is relly getting better, We don't suffered the crisis in 2008 and our economy is really growing.

Thanks for all the respects that you've showed to my country,

Greetings from Brazil!

LuapNellla 2 years ago

If you don't see China as the nation poised to take over the world in this century then you aren't paying attention. I don't know weather it's good or not but I am from the USA and descend from Italians w/o not reason to luv or hate china. Mark my words they are in possession of the majority of wealth usable arms (pray for nuclear disarmament everywhere) not to mention the world over lines up to employee their manufacturing and then there is this...

scotty chambley 2 years ago

Hey we are the world and humans alike. need to figure out how to survive as one.. scotty chambley

Ghost 2 years ago

The #1 superpower is the USA and it will be a long dam time that will change it we have the best of the best weapons and making new ones as I speak there is one opposing supper power and that is china all others even brazil cant come close to win a war against us

dulleh A 2 years ago

i love brazil and one day brazil will be #1 superpower in the world in its economy and the peaceful country

Onovo lucky N. 2 years ago

I pray that Nigeria will one day be number 1 superpower in Africa and in the world, Amen.

jp 2 years ago

I think India will be next superpower 2 years ago

India Became Most Superpower Nation Are In The World.

Michael 13 months ago

Actually the bank is the biggest super power, they control the interest every nation needs to create war machines, to create economies of scale, yet few realize banks control our actions not our governments. So next time you identify your nation as most powerful first determine whom owners of the bank which gives the monetary funding for your next project. The US is indebted to a bank, as is every nation on this list. Debt must be paid otherwise credit worthiness increases interest rates for everyone including all nations. The real question should be whom owns the bank? Those twenty individuals own our debt of all nations. The nation which those twenty belong is the most powerful nation and still unknown.

The irony.

Michael David Collins de Jehle-Romanov

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