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Size of Armed Forces, Country by Country


The world’s best armed forces data revealed – for all major countries

Simon Rogers byline pic Posted by Simon Rogers Tuesday 6 October 2009 18.34 BST guardian.co.uk
China's 60th anniversary parade

World armed forces: Chinese air force pilots salute during a training for China’s 60th anniversary military parade in Beijing. Photograph: AP

With all the talk of nuclear weapons reduction going on, we’ve forgotten the millions of men and women out there with guns, rockets and bombs: the armed forces.

And how many are there? The world’s best resource is the International Institute for Strategic Studies, which has kindly let us reproduce these numbers from the Military balance, the definitive guide to forces around the world.

We’ve also added in population so that we can work out number of forces personnel per 100,000 of the population – and defence budgets from the most recent year we can get.

Now, what we want you to do is visualise that information or mash it up with something else. What can you do with it?

Data summary

Armed forces, country by country

Country
Defence Budget 2008, $
Active forces
Active forces per 100,000 pop
Reserve/ para military/ civilian
TOTAL
Afghanistan $153m (2007) 53400 163.11 53400
Albania $233m 14295 394.91 500 14795
Algeria $4.27bn (2007) 147000 435.3 150000 297000
Angola $2.43bn 107000 853.86 10000 117000
Antigua and Barbuda $5.2m 170 243.41 75 245
Argentina $1.99bn 76000 152.99 76000
Armenia $395m 42080 1417.51 42080
Australia $15.7bn 54747 265.75 19915 74662
Austria $3.60bn (2007) 34900 425.32 195000 229900
Azerbaijan $1258m 66940 818.57 300000 366940
Bahamas $65m 860 279.72 860
Bahrain $5.8m 8200 1141.43 11260 19460
Bangladesh $912m 157053 102.28 63900 220953
Barbados $30.0m 610 216.34 430 1040
Belarus $681m 72940 753.06 289500 362440
Belgium $3.82bn 38844 373.36 2040 40884
Belize $19m 1050 348.52 700 700
Benin $55m (2007) 4750 57.26 2500 7250
Bolivia $257m 46100 498.5 37100 83200
Bosnia-Herzegovina $223m 8543 186.11 8543
Botswana $317m (2007) 9000 488.51 1500 10500
Brazil $20.15bn 326435 170.1 1340000 1666435
Brunei $345m 7000 1835.48 700 7700
Bulgaria $886m 40747 561.05 302500 343247
Burkina Faso $95m (2007) 10800 70.75 250 11050
Burundi $82m 20000 230.12 31050 51050
Cambodia $137m (2007) 124300 872.79 67000 191300
Cameroon $297m (2007) 14100 76.35 9000 23100
Canada $15.9bn 64371 193.81 60072 124443
Cape Verde $8.0m (2007) 1200 281.03 1200
Central African Republic $18m (2007) 3150 71.03 3150
Chad $70m (2007) 25350 250.71 9500 34850
Chile $2.31bn 60560 368.05 40000 100560
China $61.1bn 2185000 164.28 800000 2985000
Colombia $55.0m 267231 593.67 61900 329131
Congo $94m (2007) 10000 256.19 2000 12000
Costa Rica $190m 0 9800 9800
Cote D’lvoire $290m (2007) 17050 92.8 10000 27050
Croatia $962m 18600 414.11 21000 39600
Cuba 49000 428.92 39000 88000
Cyprus $493m 10000 1261.66 60000 70000
Czech Republic $2.91bn 24083 235.62 11568 35651
Democratic Republic of Congo $166m (2007) 151251 227.4 151251
Denmark $4.10bn 29550 538.77 53507 83057
Djibouti $16.6m (2007) 10450 2064.32 10450
Dominica Republic $284m 49910 524.97 15000 64910
Ecuador 25000 57983 416.32 118000 200983
Egypt $3.16bn (2007) 468500 573.34 479000 947500
El Salvador $115m 15500 219.35 99000 114500
Equatorial Guinea $8.4bn (2007) 1320 214.13 1320
Eritea 201750 4012.15 12000 213750
Estonia $425m 5300 405.32 16000 21300
Ethiopia $359m 138000 176.35 138000
Fiji $51m 3500 375.64 6000 9500
Finland $3.41bn 29300 558.65 237000 266300
France $41.1bn 352771 550.71 70300 423071
Gabon $123m (2007) 4700 316.32 2000 6700
Gambia $4.0m (2007) 800 46.1 800
Georgia $1,095m 21150 456.72 11700 32850
Germany $39.86bn 244324 296.62 161812 406136
Ghana $105m 13500 57.73 13500
Greece $5.62bn 156600 1460.44 237500 394100
Guatemala $181m 15500 119.21 63863 79363
Guinea $52m (2007) 12300 120.45 7000 19300
Guinea Bissau $15m (2007) 6458 429.62 6458
Guyana 1100 142.71 670 1770
Haiti
Honduras $95m 12000 155.98 8000 20000
Hungary $1.62bn 25207 253.82 44000 69207
Iceland 0 130 130
India $25.3bn 1281200 111.6 1155000 2436200
Indonesia $3.12bn 302000 127.15 400000 702000
Iran $7.45bn (2007) 523000 793.93 40000 563000
Iraq 577056 2044.76 577056
Ireland $1.35bn 10460 251.68 14875 25335
Israel $2.38bn 176500 2481.6 565000 741500
Italy $20.81bn 292983 503.88 41867 334850
Jamaica $108m (2007) 2830 100.92 953 3783
Japan $47.3bn 230300 180.93 41800 272100
Jordan $1.94bn 100500 1621.31 65000 165500
Kazakhstan $1.16bn (2007) 49000 319.42 31500 80500
Kenya $664m 24120 63.55 5000 29120
Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of 1106000 4710.57 4700000 5806000
Korea, Republic of $28.6bn 687000 1395.41 4500 691500
Kuwait $4.93bn 15500 596.89 23700 39200
Kyrgyzstan $3.9m (2007) 10900 203.48 9500 20400
Laos $14.6m (2007) 29100 435.79 100000 129100
Latvia $513m 5187 231 11204 16391
Lebanon $751m 56000 1409.89 20000 76000
Lesotho $40m (2007) 2000 93.98 2000
Liberia 2400 71.97 2400
Libya $656m 76000 1231.05 40000 116000
Lithuania $500m 8850 248.23 6700 15550
Luxembourg $360m (2007) 900 185.18 612 1512
Macedonia, Former Yugoslav Republic $163m 10890 528.3 21000 31890
Madagascar $99m 13500 67.36 8100 21600
Malawi $5.8bn (2007) 5300 38.04 1500 6800
Malaysia $3.94bn 109000 431.27 51600 160600
Mali $157m (2007) 7350 59.64 8100 15450
Malta $44m (2007) 1954 484.22 167 2121
Mauritania $18.6m (2007) 15870 471.63 5000 20870
Mauritius $33m 0 0 2000 2000
Mexico $3.79bn 255506 232.37 39899 295405
Moldova $23.8m 6000 138.75 66000 72000
Mongolia $43m (2007) 10000 333.77 137000 147000
Montenegro $59m (2007) 4500 663.54 10100 14600
Morocco $2.77bn 195800 570.13 150000 345800
Mozambique $57m (2007) 11200 52.62 11200
Myanmar $7.0bn (2007) 406000 850.12 107250 513250
Namibia $243m 9200 440.47 6000 15200
Nepal $157m 69000 233.75 62000 131000
Netherlands $10.93bn 40537 243.53 3339 43876
New Zealand $1.22bn 9278 222.31 2197 11475
Nicaragua $41m 12000 207.4 12000
Niger $46m (2007) 5300 39.93 5400 10700
Nigeria $1350m 80000 57.85 82000 162000
Norway $4.83bn 19100 411.24 45250 64350
Oman $3.23bn (2007) 42600 1286.37 4400 47000
Pakistan $3.56bn 617000 367.78 304000 921000
Palestinian Autonomous Areas of Gaza and Jericho 0 0 0 56000 56000
Panama $226m 0 0 12000 12000
Papua New Guinea $39m 3100 52.26 3100
Paraguay $135m 10650 155.9 164500 175150
Peru $1.35bn 114000 390.67 188000 302000
Philippines $1.06bn 106000 114.37 131000 237000
Poland $8.54bn 121808 316.38 222003 343811
Portugal $2.65bn 42910 401.9 210900 253810
Qatar $1.09bn (2007) 11800 1270.68 11800
Romania $2.76bn 73200 329.04 45000 118200
Russia $36.35bn 1027000 729.91 20000000 21027000
Rwanda $70m 33000 323.97 2000 35000
Saudi Arabia $38.2bn 221500 786.54 15500 237000
Senegal $193m (2007) 13620 105.97 5000 18620
Serbia $943m 24257 238.77 54249 78506
Seychelles $11m (2007) 200 243.17 450 650
Sierra Leone $22m 10500 166.81 10500
Singapore $7.34bn 72500 1573.29 312500 385000
Slovakia $1.38bn 17445 319.77 17445
Slovenia $756m 7200 358.62 3800 11000
Somalia 0 0
South Africa $2.79bn 62082 141.78 27453 89535
Spain $11.00bn 221750 547.65 319000 540750
Sri Lanka $1.54bn 150900 714.19 5500 156400
Sudan 109300 271.77 85000 194300
Suriname $22m (2007) 1840 386.56 1840
Sweden $5.25bn 16900 186.84 262000 278900
Switzerland $3.94bn 22823 301.03 218200 241023
Syria $1.46bn (2007) 292600 1481.7 314000 606600
Taiwan (Republic of China) $10.49bn 290000 1265.22 1657000 1947000
Tajikistan $87m (2007) 8800 122.02 7500 16300
Tanzania $162m (2007) 27000 67.14 80000 107000
Thailand $4.18bn 306600 468.14 200000 506600
Timor Leste 455000 45010.29 5000000 5455000
Togo $42m (2007) 8550 145.94 750 9300
Trinidad and Tobago $55m (2007) 4063 387.93 4063
Tunisia $470m (2007) 35800 344.78 12000 47800
Turkey $8.84bn 510600 710.22 378700 889300
Turkmenistan $209m 22000 424.75 22000
Uganda $224m 45000 143.46 1800 46800
Ukaraine $4.7m 129925 282.48 1000000 1129925
United Arab Emirates $10.08bn (2007) 51000 1888.89 51000
United Kingdom $59.7bn 160280 263 199280 359560
United States $607bn 1539587 506.74 979378 2518965
Uruguay $304m (2007) 25382 736.18 25382
Uzbekistan $94m (2007) 67000 237.01 20000 87000
Venezuela $3.31bn 115000 435.36 8000 123000
Yemen, Republic of $908m (2007) 66700 289.83 71200 137900
Zambia $247m (2007) 15100 129.4 3000 18100
Zimbabwe 29000 234.19 21800 50800

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