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Opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. May 14, 2018

The country’s leader, military, international alliances, economic influence and political influence were analyzed. Israel was found to have a “large role in global affairs,” despite its “relatively small size.”

The US News & World Report annual international survey found Israel to be the eighth most powerful nation in the world for the third year in a row, based on responses from 21,000 people in four regions across the globe.

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A ranking of 80 countries found Israel to be the 29th best country, up one from the last two years, but the eighth most powerful. Switzerland and Japan took first and second place in the ranking for best countries.

The world’s most powerful country is the United States, followed by Russia, China, Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Japan. Israel came in just ahead of Saudi Arabia, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.

To determine the power of each country, the country’s leader, military, international alliances, economic influence and political influence were analyzed. Israel was found to have a “large role in global affairs,” despite its “relatively small size.”

However, Israel was ranked 13th on the list of up-and-coming economies, down from the 10th place spot in 2018.

Israel ranked 25th for entrepreneurship, 28th for heritage, 29th in citizenship, 41st in quality of life, 42nd in cultural influence, 70th in openness for business and 75th in adventure.

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