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Armed forces personnel, 2020:

The average for 2020 based on 27 countries was 70852 people. The highest value was in Italy: 338000 people and the lowest value was in Luxembourg: 1000 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
Italy 338000 1 1985 - 2020
France 304000 2 1985 - 2020
Spain 199000 3 1985 - 2020
Poland 189000 4 1985 - 2020
Germany 183000 5 1985 - 2020
Greece 147000 6 1985 - 2020
Romania 128000 7 1985 - 2020
Portugal 52000 8 1985 - 2020
Hungary 46000 9 1985 - 2020
Netherlands 41000 10 1985 - 2020
Bulgaria 37000 11 1985 - 2020
Lithuania 37000 12 1992 - 2020
Czechia 27000 13 1993 - 2020
Belgium 24000 14 1985 - 2020
Austria 23000 15 1985 - 2020
Finland 22000 16 1985 - 2020
Croatia 20000 17 1992 - 2020
Slovakia 18000 18 1993 - 2020
Denmark 15000 19 1985 - 2020
Sweden 15000 20 1985 - 2020
Cyprus 13000 21 1985 - 2020
Ireland 9000 22 1985 - 2020
Latvia 9000 23 1992 - 2020
Estonia 7000 24 1992 - 2020
Slovenia 7000 25 1992 - 2020
Malta 2000 26 1985 - 2020
Luxembourg 1000 27 1985 - 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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