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Armed forces personnel, 2020:

The average for 2020 based on 41 countries was 112634 people. The highest value was in Russia: 1454000 people and the lowest value was in Iceland: 0 people. The indicator is available from 1985 to 2020. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: people; Source: International Institute for Strategic Studies
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Countries Armed forces, 2020 Global rank Available data
Russia 1454000 1 1992 - 2020
Turkey 512000 2 1985 - 2020
Italy 338000 3 1985 - 2020
France 304000 4 1985 - 2020
Ukraine 298000 5 1992 - 2020
Spain 199000 6 1985 - 2020
Poland 189000 7 1985 - 2020
Germany 183000 8 1985 - 2020
Belarus 158000 9 1992 - 2020
UK 153000 10 1985 - 2020
Greece 147000 11 1985 - 2020
Romania 128000 12 1985 - 2020
Portugal 52000 13 1985 - 2020
Hungary 46000 14 1985 - 2020
Netherlands 41000 15 1985 - 2020
Bulgaria 37000 16 1985 - 2020
Lithuania 37000 17 1992 - 2020
Serbia 32000 18 1989 - 2020
Czechia 27000 19 1993 - 2020
Norway 25000 20 1985 - 2020
Belgium 24000 21 1985 - 2020
Austria 23000 22 1985 - 2020
Finland 22000 23 1985 - 2020
Croatia 20000 24 1992 - 2020
Switzerland 20000 25 1985 - 2020
Slovakia 18000 26 1993 - 2020
North Macedonia 16000 27 1992 - 2020
Denmark 15000 28 1985 - 2020
Sweden 15000 29 1985 - 2020
Cyprus 13000 30 1985 - 2020
Montenegro 12000 31 2006 - 2020
Bosnia & Herz. 11000 32 1992 - 2020
Ireland 9000 33 1985 - 2020
Latvia 9000 34 1992 - 2020
Albania 8000 35 1985 - 2020
Estonia 7000 36 1992 - 2020
Slovenia 7000 37 1992 - 2020
Moldova 6000 38 1992 - 2020
Malta 2000 39 1985 - 2020
Luxembourg 1000 40 1985 - 2020
Iceland 0 41 1995 - 2020



Definition: Armed forces personnel are active duty military personnel, including paramilitary forces if the training, organization, equipment, and control suggest they may be used to support or replace regular military forces.
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