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Ranked 19 of 26 for comprehensive power, with an overall score of 9.4 out of 100.

Down 1 ranking in 2021 for comprehensive power.
Gained 0.2 points (+2% change) in overall score.


Bangladesh is a minor power in Asia.

The country’s power ranking fell by one place from last year, having been overtaken by Brunei. Despite this, Bangladesh is one of just four countries in the region to register an upward change in its overall score in 2021, largely due to improvements in its diplomatic influence.

Bangladesh performs best in the economic capability, diplomatic influence and future resources measures, where it places 16th. Its lowest ranking is in the economic relationships measure, coming in at 24th place.

In 2021, Bangladesh saw its greatest improvement in its defence networks, where it moved up two places. It is also moving upward in its diplomatic influence score. However, the country slipped by one place in the resilience and cultural influence measures relative to 2020.

Bangladesh exerts less influence in the region than expected given its available resources, as indicated by the country’s negative power gap score. Its power gap score has, however, improved relative to 2020.

Read more analysis in the Key Findings report . Explore further results in the Scores section.

Bilateral Influence

Bilateral trade, current dollars (2020)

Countries that influence Bangladesh

Globally, which countries does Bangladesh do most of its trade with?

European Union 19.5%

China 15.3%

India 9.3%

United States 8.0%

United Kingdom 3.7%

Countries influenced by Bangladesh

Which countries in the region rely most on trade with Bangladesh?

India 1.4%

Pakistan 0.9%

Russia 0.7%

Indonesia 0.7%

Sri Lanka 0.5%