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China, India, Brazil, Iran: Superpowers of the Future

Updated on January 11, 2017

For last many years, a discussion is going on in print and electronic media that who will be the next super power. The list of superpowers includes names of many countries. But I think, that not any single country will be a superpower in the world in future, as their will be many powerful countries in the world. Powerful in the sense of economy, science and technology, military, culture and so many things.

But many countries can never become powerful, and few will surely become. This will depend on two things. First is the population and second is the geographical area. Population and geographical area are two most essential things to become a super power.

Let us have a look at the list top 20 countries who have a large number of population and a list of top 20 countries who have biggest geographical area.

Top 20 Most Populated Countries

1. China
2. India
3. European Union
4 United States
5. Indonesia
6. Brazil
7. Pakistan
8. Nigeria
9. Russia
10. Bangla Desh
11. Japan
12. Mexico
13. Philipines
14. Vietnam
15. Ethiopia
16. Germany
17. Egypt
18. Iran
19. Turkey
20. Thailand

Top 20 Countries Having Largest Geographical Area

1. Russia
2. Canada
3. China
4. United States
5. Brazil
6. Australia
7. European Union
8. India
9. Argentina
10. Kazakhstan
11. Algeria
12. Congo
13. Greenland
14. Saudi Arabia
15. Mexico
16. Indonesia
17. Sudan
18. Libya
19. Iran
20. Mongolia

Coming Super Powers

Now let us see the common names in both of the lists. They are:

1. China
2. United States
3. Russia
4. India
5. European Union
6. Brazil
7. Indonesia
8. Iran
9. Mexico

This is the list of the countries, who will be powerful countries in the world in near future. This list is not according to Ranking, we need a complicated calculation for it.

Most of the lists of future superpowers have ignored Mexico, Iran and Indonesia, but we should not ignore these countries as they have potentials of being a superpower.

There is another country which I would like to add to this list, and it is Congo from Africa

-Mahavir Sanglikar

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    pramodgokhale 4 years ago from Pune( India)



    i agree with your points of overpopulation, poverty, malnutrition.

    these are spots on giant nation but we could not put so much large population to work and projects as China did.

    We did not devise our own administrative system and British bureaucracy's Indian model is in force today.

    India's public sector provided jobs to people and our caste system and feudal system still exists, social mobility is going on but not at speed.

    backward classes are migrating to large cities for job and security and safety of their life so who can stop this?

    Some index like per ca pita income can not be compared with others because of large population size.

    pramod gokhale

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    buddhaanalysis 4 years ago

    Sir Pramodgokhale,

    Many of Indian population not having proper education,food & water. Tribal people are either killed,raped or they forced to take weapons in hand. Feudal system is still prominent in all India specially in north. If we assume that things are changing but there is still over population which is not properly handled.

    Atlast what does mean super power? We are having worst Per Capita Income poorer than Shrilanka as far as living standard is considered.

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    pramodgokhale 4 years ago from Pune( India)

    Buddhaanalysis ,


    It does not happen in a day. One should be aspiratant to achieve this.

    due to Size and skilled manpower, India can boast to be powerful economic bloc and lead this part of Asia.

    Yes India has potential to become important player if World is going to be multi polar instead unipolar


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    buddhaanalysis 4 years ago

    On which basis India is going to be Super power?

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    guest3 5 years ago

    None of those countries will become superpower. US will remain and maintain that status. If those countries above begin to possess real power, their ethnic ruling class will change. And so will the countrie's name. By that, I mean it will be run by a foreign ruler as always.

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    S Rajwar 6 years ago

    India will be the most powerful country of the world financially because india use 2 be the richest country in the past and it's a fact that history repeat itself and now we got the 2nd largest miltary of the world.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 6 years ago from Pune, India

    Thanks for sharing your views.

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    pramodgokhale 6 years ago from Pune( India)

    You are right Sir (I am from Pune --9225734459)

    It is nice to get Super Power status but shouldering responsibilities is also a important factor.To sustain growth of economy and good governance is the key issue,where India ,China and above countries are still lagging and our democratic set up is still flawed and our internal differences we must close. we should look outward get involved in development of developing nations across Africa, South America and Asia, then we can lead them and can claim to be a real superpower. Our military strength should be as per super power status and defense expenditure should not be an issue of debate and political rhetoric.

    Yes India can lead and without military intervention and balance the world. Thank you Sir.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 6 years ago from Pune, India

    Thanks for sharing your views on this subject.

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    dale 6 years ago

    australia would in no way be a military superpower, but it could very easily be a financial superpower.

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    to jennifer 6 years ago

    @Jennifer are you serious?... I think you should learn and read more about Indonesia today. Indonesia does not depend on US aid for you know, Indonesia has a very large natural resources, even more than other countries. Do you know the biggest coal exporter in the world is Indonesia?, Or do you know 40% of the world's geothermal reserves are in Indonesia?. Other than supported by a resource and commodities, Indonesia's economy is also supported by manufacturing, where Indonesia is the 15th largest manufacturing country in the world. So I hope you don't always look down on Indonesia. And I want to ask you, how much US aid contributing to Indonesian GDP which is about 1.12 trilion dollar in 2011?

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    Kalyango hassan 6 years ago

    I think China is the next Superpower because it is financially strong and militarly booming. But even Egypt shouldn't be ignored..

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 6 years ago from Pune, India

    What about many other countries?

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 6 years ago from Pune, India


    Because Congo is a developing country, has a large geographical area and a big population. It has all the essential qualities of being a superpower, at least a regional one.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 6 years ago from Pune, India

    Thank you kingphilipIV, for your comments and appreciation of the Hub.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 6 years ago from Pune, India


    Thanks for your comments and views on this subject.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 6 years ago from Pune, India

    The Guest,

    Are you joking?

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    The Guest 6 years ago

    You know what this might sound rather out there but I think Nigeria might become a Super Power

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    Jennifer 6 years ago

    I'd say South Africa might be a superpower one day if it can resolve its economic inequalities which are still connected to ongoing problems with race and the legacy of apartheid.

    Can't see Indonesia being a major power: the country holds together only because of massive amounts of US aid and the fear of the military. If the US collapses - and I believe that's very likely because of widespread poverty and discontent there - the aid will disappear and it becomes a matter of time when, not if, Indonesia collapses. Irian Jaya will break away first and then the Maluku territory will follow.

    If Turkey plays its cards right and does not ally further with Israel, it can be a major power in Central Asia by forming an alliance with Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and provide a model for those countries to change from the virtual monarchies they are at present to a more democratic structure.

    Brazil may be a superpower but it must address its social and economic inequalities and do a better job of looking after its natural resources. I think land reform might be a key issue. And the country must also look to its south: Argentina could be a major power in the future.

    There's been no talk of Australia being a superpower but if that country can cut its psychological apron-strings to the US and the UK, there is potential for superpower status. Solar energy and other renewable energy sources may be the foundation of future economic success and superpower success depends on a sound and viable economy.

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    Ramphil Basco 6 years ago from Iloilo, Philippines

    Hello Jai,

    This hub is really interesting..

    I'm not fond of reading this stuff but you got me on this one.

    King Philip IV

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    stupid 6 years ago

    forget China. coming superpower is Turkey. Russia is only military superpower. Iran is a Shia State. Why we not put North Korea to superpower? haha .. Iran, North Korea, Pakistan = no superpowers.

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    TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

    Might I ask why Congo?

    And I'd think Brazil might be a place to keep an eye on.

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    naeemebrahimjee 6 years ago from London

    I totally agree that there are going to be many big changes in the powers of the future.

    I think that IRAN cannot be ignored. They might be seen as a "threat" to many nations, but that doesn't mean they won't be a super power in their own right.

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    rohit pawar 6 years ago

    pakistan also have large area and population.

    moreover pak gets petrol at low cost bcos of islamic brotherhood.

    pak has good relations with china and also have non war act with russia.

    pakistan also have plenty of natural resources in Baluchistan.

    nuclear power,improved air force.

    Pakistan is changing it's aggressive statergy slowly.

    otherwise pakistan also have a chance to be a super power.

    but i think pakistan unnecessarily prolonged it's development.

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    Ramsa1 6 years ago from A citizen of the World

    The US is strong militarily but very weak economically. Military power can take a country only so far. China is very strong financially and continues to build its military might. The US owes China trillions and has no way of repaying its debt. To my mind, China will be the next number one super power.

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    icountthetimes 6 years ago

    I definitely think there will be big changes in the future. China is certainly becoming more powerful. They are quite isolationist right now, which I think leads people to often forget how rich and powerful they have become.

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 6 years ago from Pune, India

    Hi Samuel,

    I have cleared that the list of future superpowers I have given is not according to ranking. We need a complicated calculation for it.

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    Samuel Songungou 6 years ago from Bangalore, India

    At the moment US is the super power. Before it was the Soviet Union. And yes, there is no reason to place India above United States. India is the 7th largest country too. Thanks!


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