The Elcano Global Presence Index measures global presence, which we define as the effective positioning of countries outside their own borders. The index takes into account a broad array of economic, military and soft dimensions (such as the tourists they attract or their success in international sports competitions). The top 10 slots in the 2013 ranking are held by the United States, which has consistently emerged first, followed by six European countries in positions ranging from second to tenth, with China and Japan at fourth and seventh. The first year-on-year change appears at number 12, with Saudi Arabia climbing one position in our ranking.
Also available: Informe Elcano de Presencia Global 2014 (Spanish version).