* indicates monthly or quarterly data series

Armed forces personnel, percent of the labor force, 2019 - Country rankings:

The average for 2019 based on 164 countries was 1.24 percent.The highest value was in Eritrea: 12.38 percent and the lowest value was in Iceland: 0 percent. The indicator is available from 1990 to 2019. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: percent; Source: International Institute for Strategic Studies
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Countries Armed forces, percent of labor force, 2019 Global rank Available data
Eritrea 12.38 1 1993 - 2019
North Korea 8.68 2 1990 - 2019
Djibouti 5.88 3 1990 - 2019
Syria 5.18 4 1990 - 2019
Jordan 4.4 5 1990 - 2019
Israel 4.29 6 1990 - 2019
Montenegro 4.11 7 2006 - 2019
Armenia 3.87 8 1992 - 2019
Sri Lanka 3.74 9 1990 - 2019
Brunei 3.7 10 1990 - 2019
Lebanon 3.55 11 1990 - 2019
Laos 3.44 12 1990 - 2019
Iraq 3.33 13 1990 - 2019
Venezuela 3.14 14 1990 - 2019
Belarus 3.08 15 1992 - 2019
Greece 3.06 16 1990 - 2019
Egypt 2.98 17 1990 - 2019
Afghanistan 2.68 18 1990 - 2019
Cyprus 2.55 19 1990 - 2019
Algeria 2.54 20 1990 - 2019
Lithuania 2.51 21 1992 - 2019
Iran 2.38 22 1990 - 2019
Turkmenistan 2.19 23 1992 - 2019
Burma 2.15 24 1990 - 2019
South Korea 2.13 25 1990 - 2019
Cambodia 2.07 26 1990 - 2019
Morocco 2.03 27 1990 - 2019
Russia 1.98 28 1992 - 2019
Bahrain 1.97 29 1990 - 2019
Colombia 1.83 30 1990 - 2019
Namibia 1.73 31 1991 - 2019
Mauritania 1.71 32 1990 - 2019
Oman 1.71 33 1990 - 2019
Singapore 1.67 34 1990 - 2019
North Macedonia 1.66 35 1992 - 2019
Saudi Arabia 1.66 36 1990 - 2019
Azerbaijan 1.61 37 1992 - 2019
Ivory Coast 1.6 38 1990 - 2019
Turkey 1.53 39 1990 - 2019
El Salvador 1.51 40 1990 - 2019
Ukraine 1.48 41 1992 - 2019
Domin. Rep. 1.4 42 1990 - 2019
Romania 1.4 43 1990 - 2019
Georgia 1.39 44 1993 - 2019
Panama 1.37 45 1990 - 2019
Chile 1.34 46 1990 - 2019
Mongolia 1.33 47 1990 - 2019
Italy 1.32 48 1990 - 2019
Pakistan 1.32 49 1990 - 2019
Bolivia 1.26 50 1990 - 2019
Uruguay 1.26 51 1990 - 2019
Thailand 1.17 52 1990 - 2019
Tunisia 1.16 53 1990 - 2019
Belize 1.14 54 1990 - 2019
Fiji 1.11 55 1990 - 2019
Bulgaria 1.1 56 1990 - 2019
Gabon 1.05 57 1990 - 2019
Poland 1.04 58 1990 - 2019
Burundi 1.03 59 1990 - 2019
Kuwait 1.02 60 1990 - 2019
Qatar 1.02 61 1990 - 2019
Croatia 1.01 62 1992 - 2019
France 1 63 1990 - 2019
Serbia 1 64 1990 - 2019
Estonia 0.99 65 1992 - 2019
Sudan 0.99 66 1990 - 2019
Botswana 0.98 67 1990 - 2019
Finland 0.98 68 1990 - 2019
Guyana 0.98 69 1990 - 2019
Portugal 0.98 70 1990 - 2019
UA Emirates 0.95 71 1990 - 2019
Bosnia & Herz. 0.93 72 1992 - 2019
Vietnam 0.93 73 1990 - 2019
Bahamas 0.91 74 1995 - 2019
Angola 0.89 75 1990 - 2019
Chad 0.89 76 1990 - 2019
Malaysia 0.86 77 1990 - 2019
Spain 0.85 78 1990 - 2019
Hungary 0.84 79 1990 - 2019
Peru 0.84 80 1990 - 2019
Suriname 0.84 81 1990 - 2019
USA 0.83 82 1990 - 2019
Kyrgyzstan 0.82 83 1992 - 2019
Norway 0.81 84 1990 - 2019
Paraguay 0.8 85 1990 - 2019
Kazakhstan 0.77 86 1993 - 2019
Tr.&Tobago 0.76 87 1990 - 2019
Malta 0.75 88 1990 - 2019
Brazil 0.73 89 1990 - 2019
Somalia 0.71 90 1990 - 2019
Tajikistan 0.71 91 1992 - 2019
Zimbabwe 0.71 92 1990 - 2019
Slovenia 0.68 93 1992 - 2019
Barbados 0.67 94 1995 - 2019
Nepal 0.67 95 1990 - 2019
Guatemala 0.64 96 1990 - 2019
India 0.63 97 1990 - 2019
Moldova 0.63 98 1992 - 2019
Latvia 0.61 99 1992 - 2019
Yemen 0.61 100 1990 - 2019
Mexico 0.58 101 1990 - 2019
Slovakia 0.58 102 1993 - 2019
Albania 0.56 103 1992 - 2019
Rwanda 0.55 104 1990 - 2019
Honduras 0.54 105 1990 - 2019
C.A. Republic 0.52 106 1990 - 2019
Gambia 0.52 107 1990 - 2019
Ecuador 0.51 108 1990 - 2019
G.-Bissau 0.51 109 1990 - 2019
Argentina 0.5 110 1990 - 2019
Belgium 0.5 111 1990 - 2019
Indonesia 0.5 112 1990 - 2019
Denmark 0.49 113 1990 - 2019
Mauritius 0.49 114 1990 - 2019
Uzbekistan 0.48 115 1992 - 2019
Austria 0.47 116 1990 - 2019
Czechia 0.46 117 1993 - 2019
Senegal 0.45 118 1990 - 2019
Australia 0.44 119 1990 - 2019
Cape Verde 0.44 120 1990 - 2019
DR Congo 0.43 121 1990 - 2019
Netherlands 0.43 122 1990 - 2019
UK 0.43 123 1990 - 2019
Germany 0.41 124 1990 - 2019
Jamaica 0.41 125 1990 - 2019
Costa Rica 0.4 126 1990 - 2019
Nicaragua 0.4 127 1990 - 2019
Switzerland 0.4 128 1990 - 2019
South Africa 0.39 129 1990 - 2019
Japan 0.38 130 1990 - 2019
Ireland 0.37 131 1990 - 2019
Nigeria 0.36 132 1990 - 2019
Togo 0.36 133 1990 - 2019
Canada 0.35 134 1990 - 2019
Philippines 0.35 135 1990 - 2019
Sierra Leone 0.34 136 1990 - 2019
Bangladesh 0.33 137 1990 - 2019
China 0.32 138 1990 - 2019
Luxembourg 0.32 139 1990 - 2019
New Zealand 0.32 140 1990 - 2019
Cameroon 0.3 141 1990 - 2019
Mali 0.29 142 1990 - 2019
Guinea 0.28 143 1990 - 2019
Uganda 0.28 144 1990 - 2019
Sweden 0.27 145 1990 - 2019
Ethiopia 0.26 146 1990 - 2019
Benin 0.25 147 1990 - 2019
Zambia 0.22 148 1990 - 2019
Eq. Guinea 0.21 149 1990 - 2019
Lesotho 0.21 150 1990 - 2019
Malawi 0.18 151 1990 - 2019
Madagascar 0.16 152 1990 - 2019
Burkina Faso 0.15 153 1990 - 2019
Papua N.G. 0.15 154 1990 - 2019
Ghana 0.12 155 1990 - 2019
Kenya 0.12 156 1990 - 2019
Niger 0.12 157 1990 - 2019
Tanzania 0.1 158 1990 - 2019
Liberia 0.09 159 1990 - 2019
Mozambique 0.08 160 1990 - 2019
Haiti 0.02 161 1990 - 2019
Iceland 0 162 1995 - 2019
Palestine 0 163 2005 - 2019
R. of Congo 0 164 1990 - 2019


Economic outlook around the world

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. Labor force comprises all people who meet the International Labour Organization's definition of the economically active population.
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