It’s a great compliment for countries to be recognized and included in lists about the best at something. It’s a testament to where a country stands in the world.
Perhaps one of the most important lists any country would love to rank high in is the list of countries with the highest technologies. But how do you really measure a country’s technological advancement?
Do you base it on the abundance of modernized facilities in a country? Do you base it on overall military power? Do you base it on the number of active Twitter and Facebook users?
A good way to measure is by taking into account the significant technological contributions and breakthroughs a country has made and the current state of a country in terms of technological prowess.
In this list, we rank the top 10 countries with the highest technologies in the world based on that criteria.
Japan is the first country most people think of when it comes technology — the Land of the Rising Sun is a breeding ground for new technologies both interesting and weird. Can you imagine a video games industry without Nintendo and its stable of world-famous franchises such as Mario and Pokemon? Probably not.
With 22 Japanese winners of the Nobel Prize in the field of physics, chemistry, physiology, and medicine, Japan is renowned for having produced countless breakthroughs in science and technology. It seems like every year the country has something new — whether it’s in regard to biotechnology, machinery, robotics, or other areas.
Japan is also home to a number of established automobile manufacturers, including Honda, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda, and Nissan. And of course, we all know about Sony, Toshiba, Canon, Panasonic, Pioneer, Sharp, and other Japanese electronics companies, which have played a part in making our lives easier and more convenient.
Imagine a world without Facebook and Google. Sure, people would have more privacy without them. But think of the benefits: With Facebook, you can easily connect with other people around the world. And with Google, you can search for information just by typing a few keywords and the search engine will do the rest.
Hat tip to the US for giving us Facebook and Google. Or more specifically, hat tip to Americans Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder of Facebook, and Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google.
The US has contributed a lot to science and technology. Uncle Sam gave us our first up-close and personal look at the moon, courtesy of Apollo 11. Uncle Sam gave us the US Air Force-operated Global Positioning System (GPS), which has turned maps and compasses near obsolete. But most importantly, Uncle Sam gave us Thomas Alva Edison, one of the greatest inventors of all time.
In the field of military technology, the US is unparalleled. Period. The country is both renowned and feared for having the most highly advanced military equipment and systems in the world.
Germany is home to the best beer and the best beer festival (Oktoberfest) in the world — which totally has nothing to do with list topic, we know.
Germans are famed for their intense work passion and attention to detail, which has resulted in numerous technological advancements, most especially in the medical field. Perhaps one of the biggest examples of German technology is the Olympiastadion, a state-of-the-art sports stadium in Berlin used for international football matches.
Unparalleled when it comes to engineering, Germany is known for its lineup of top-class car manufacturers, including Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedez-Benz, and Volkswagen. The German government has always been supportive of research, continuously giving the country a solid foundation when it comes to future technological breakthroughs.
In terms of individual contributions, there’s no doubt German-born Albert Einstein is sitting at the very top, having changed the world with his numerous discoveries in the field of physics. Pretty sure we don’t really need to elaborate on Einstein’s works.
4. United Kingdom
Marked as the first industrialized country, the United Kingdom — composed of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland — is a heavyweight when it comes to science and technology.
The UK gave us steam engines, reflecting telescopes, jet engines, and electric motors. The list of British technological inventions is quite long. Let’s focus on four men in particular: John Logie Baird, Joseph Swan, Alexander Graham Bell, and Tim Berners-Lee.
Baird invented the first publicly demonstrated color television. Swan developed and supplied the first electric light bulbs used in homes and public buildings. Graham Bell invented the telephone, forever changing how we can communicate with people over long distances.
And Berners-Lee? He didn’t do much. He only invented the World Wide Web. Just a minor contribution, really.
5. South Korea
In 1998, SaeHan Information Systems launched the world’s first mass-produced MP3 player, called the “MPMan,” which forever changed the way we enjoy music. It’s just one of the many firsts for South Korea, home of incredibly talented gamers.
South Korea is credited for giving us the world’s first 4D cinema technology (4DX), the world’s first virtual store (Homeplus), the world’s first TV phone (Samsung SCH-M220), the world’s first commercially available tablet computer (GRiDPad, manufactured by Samsung for GRiD Systems Corporation), and the world’s first smartwatch (Samsung SPH-WP10).
With Samsung and LG leading the way, South Korea has also introduced us to home appliances which have made our lives easier and more comfortable. In terms of gaming, South Korea gave us the MMORPG genre, the free-to-play business model, and, of course, esports.
Before the US took the lead, the Soviet Union — now the Russian Federation — was the authority in space technology and exploration. It’s easy to forget that the Soviet Space Program has achieved many firsts in space exploration, including launching the Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit Earth.
The Soviets were also the first to take pictures of the dark side of the moon, a historical event used in the storyline in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. More famously, Soviet pilot and cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first man to journey into outer space.
Like the US, Russia has had a lot of developments in military technology, giving the country one of the most powerful militaries in the world. It has one of the best surface-to-air missile systems in the world, with the S-300, S-400, and S-500 leading the way.
Overall, Russia is a top country when it comes to technological advancements. It’s also one of the world’s largest exporters of military aircraft and equipment and other types of machinery in general.
Always associated with the Bible and Christianity, Israel is probably the country you didn’t expect to appear on this list. But make no mistake, Israel is a powerhouse when it comes to technology.
Israel has a considerable number of technology-based companies listed in the Nasdaq Stock Market, the second-largest exchange in the world after the New York Stock Exchange. The country is one of the leaders in regard to military and civilian drones, satellites, medicine, and many others.
Speaking of the military, Israel is known for having one of the best air forces in the world, with pilots flying highly advanced aircrafts. The country also deploys the so-called Iron Dome, a formidable air defense system capable of quickly neutralizing airborne threats, including missiles.
Some of Israel’s contributions in technology include Waze, a traffic and navigation app; VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), first developed by Israeli company VocalTec Communications; and Viber, an instant messaging and VoIP application.
Israel is also developing a “mind-reading” technology called the WeCU (“we see you”) in order to detect potential threats in airports, which should drastically improve airport security.
Check your household and personal items and chances are, most of them are made in China. Boasting the largest population in the world, China has produced numerous achievements and developments in the field of science and technology throughout the years.
China is responsible for bringing gunpowder, paper, and compasses into the world — three of the most important inventions in history. One of the newer trends invented by the Chinese is the modern electronic cigarette or e-cigarette, created by pharmacist Hon Lik.
With investments in robotics, high-speed trains, supercomputers, genetics, automobiles, space exploration, and many other areas, China is poised to continue to play a big part in technological advancements in the future.
Best known for its citizens’ impeccably good manners and for shoving Justin Bieber down our throats, Canada isn’t far behind when it comes to developments in science and technology.
The sparsely populated country has had a hand in a lot of inventions the world has benefitted from over the years. For starters, Canada introduced us to the first practical electron microscope, medicinal insulin, instant replay (a godsend in sports), sonar, electric-powered wheelchairs, and walkie-talkies.
Canada is also the birthplace of BlackBerry, a telecommunications company renowned for mobile phone security; Hootsuite, a social media management platform; and Shopify, a popular e-commerce company.
With an advanced education system and major investments in research, Canada will most certainly have a lot more to offer in the world of technology in the future.
Remember the Nokia 3210 and Nokia 3310? They were the most popular mobile phones back in the day — and by “back in the day,” we mean just around 15 years or so. They were the hottest gadgets around before smartphones took over.
Nokia is one of Finland’s greatest contributions in the tech world. The company was once the leader in mobile telecommunications at the start of the new millennium. Unfortunately, a stubborn adherence to keypads and refusal to fully dive into touch-based technology doomed the Finnish company.
Finland is heavily focused on biosciences, energy, and environmental science. The Nordic country offers scholarships to young scientists and researchers all over the world. Not one to take part in serious squabbles between countries, Finland earns high marks in education, healthcare, politics, economy, and standard of living.
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