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Ranking the World’s Most Valuable Nation Brands

Ranking the World's Most Valuable Nation Brands

Ranking the World’s Most Valuable Nation Brands

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What comes to mind when you think about Spain or Japan?

Just like anything else, our brains tend to associate certain images and attributes with a given country in order to form a unique mental perception.

In a global marketplace, a country’s national image can be one of its most valued assets or a challenging liability. These perceptions help to forge a country’s reputation, and also have a long-lasting impact on future economic potential and the ability to attract new investment.

Introducing Nation Brands

Earlier this week, Brand Finance released its 2018 report in an attempt to place a dollar value on these national perceptions.

While the specific methodology is covered directly in the report, what you need to know is that Brand Finance uses three pillars to calculate a Brand Strength Index score.

The three pillars are:

  • Goods & Services: Includes factors such as openness to tourism, market size, and trade rules
  • Society: Includes factors such as quality of life, corporate ethics, corruption, and cultural image
  • Investment: Includes items such as talent retention, use of technology, R&D, taxation, and regulation

The Brand Index Score is then used to calculate a hypothetical royalty rate, and to forecast revenues to ultimately derive a brand value (post-tax revenues discounted to calculate a net present value).

Which Nation Brands are Most Valuable?

Here are the world’s 15 most valuable nation brands, as ranked in the most recent report.

RankCountry2018 Brand ValueChange (vs. 2017)
#1United States$25.9 trillion23%
#2China$12.8 trillion25%
#3Germany$5.1 trillion28%
#4United Kingdom$3.8 trillion20%
#5Japan$3.6 trillion5%
#6France$3.2 trillion9%
#7Canada$2.2 trillion8%
#8Italy$2.2 trillion9%
#9India$2.2 trillion5%
#10South Korea$2.0 trillion8%
#11Australia$1.7 trillion11%
#12Spain$1.6 trillion14%
#13Netherlands$1.2 trillion18%
#14Mexico$1.1 trillion2%
#15Switzerland$1.1 trillion-4%

The U.S. takes the top spot at $25.9 trillion, but the fastest growing brand valuation was Germany’s, which jumped 28% over the past year.

How the Ranking Has Changed Over Time

Brand valuations can change over time – and looking at Nation Brands over the last eight years helps to get a sense of long-term trends:

Ranking of Nation Brands over time

By 2012, China had cemented the second place spot, displacing both Japan and Germany.

Meanwhile, Brazil made a brief appearance in the Top 10, but then precipitously dropped off the list. It now sits at 17th place in the 2018 rankings.

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