- European Geostrategy claims UK is second only to ‘super power’ U.S.
- Analysed military, economic, diplomatic and cultural strength of countries
- ‘Regional powers’ China and Russia came fourth and fifth, after France
- UK’s cultural pull – or ‘soft power’ – key to it place in the league table
The UK won the title thanks to the combination of economic strength, military reach and diplomatic influence, according to a report by think tank European Geostrategy.
However, it was ‘Brand Britain’, or its cultural pull, which kept the UK out in front.
Only the U.S. – a ‘super power’ – wields more influence than the UK, the study claims, with France, China and Russia trailing behind – described only as ‘regional powers’.
Cultural influence: The UK’s combination of military, economic, diplomatic and cultural strength meant it was considered world’s only ‘global power’. Icons like Harry Potter and Sherlock helped it beat Russia and China
And it appears this is thanks to Britain’s globally recognised brands – from Adele and Harry Potter, to the Royal Family and James Bond, not to mention companies like Land Rover, Burberry and Topshop.
Report co-author James Rogers told the Sunday Express: ‘Brand UK has never been stronger.
‘Britain has recently beaten the U.S. as a soft power and this is based primarily on cultural pull.’
Portland noted it was not just the UK’s position in the G7, U.N. Security Council or as head of the Commonwealth, but products like the Beatles, Shakespeare, David Beckham, or the English Premier League, which gave real sway.
Germany came second, and the U.S. came third – while China sat at the bottom, despite its large population and military strength.
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But European GeoStragey also suggested the strength of Russia and China’s armies were trailing behind countries like Britain, France and the U.S..
The benchmark, the report explained, was ‘the ability to dispatch and sustain approximately 40,000 troops in any global theatre against any conceivable opponent for a prolonged period of time’.
The UK’s bases overseas, which enables the country to conduct warfare in different parts of the world, means its military reach comes second to the U.S., while France comes third and Russia fourth.
China, which came second in economic strength, came fifth in military might.