The 50 countries with the smallest armed forces on earth

By | October 19, 2021

Ranking of the 50 countries with the smallest armed forces

Rank Country Armed forces
1 Gambia (Africa) 1,000
2 Cape Verde (Africa) 1,000
3 Luxembourg (Europe) 1,000
4 East Timor (Asia) 1,000
5 Equatorial Guinea (Africa) 1,300
6 Guyana (South America) 2,000
7 Lesotho (Africa) 2,000
8 Malta (Europe) 2,000
9 Suriname (South America) 2,000
10 Guam (Australia-Oceania) 3,000
11 Jamaica (North America) 3,000
12 Papua New Guinea (Australia-Oceania) 3,000
13 Trinidad and Tobago (North America) 3,000
14 Central African Republic (Africa) 3,000
15 Fiji (Australia-Oceania) 4,000
16 Swaziland (Africa) 4,000
17 Benin (Africa) 5,000
18 Gabon (Africa) 5,000
19 Latvia (Europe) 5,000
20 Malawi (Africa) 5,000
21 Niger (Africa) 5,000
22 Estonia (Europe) 6,000
23 Slovenia (Europe) 6,000
24 Tajikistan (Asia) 6,000
25 Bhutan (Asia) 7,000
26 Brunei Darussalam (Asia) 7,000
27 Ghana (Africa) 7,000
28 Mali (Africa) 7,000
29 Moldova (Europe) 7,000
30 Mozambique (Africa) 7,000
31 New Zealand (Australia-Oceania) 8,000
32 Botswana (Africa) 9,000
33 Mongolia (Asia) 9,000
34 Namibia (Africa) 9,000
35 Djibouti (Africa) 10,000
36 Guinea (Africa) 10,000
37 Guinea-Bissau (Africa) 10,000
38 Congo (Africa) 10,000
39 Togo (Africa) 10,000
40 Burkina Faso (Africa) 11,000
41 Ireland (Europe) 11,000
42 Bahrain (Asia) 12,000
43 Qatar (Asia) 12,000
44 Kyrgyzstan (Asia) 12,000
45 Macedonia (Europe) 12,000
46 Lithuania (Europe) 13,000
47 Nicaragua (North America) 13,000
48 Honduras (North America) 14,000
49 Madagascar (Africa) 14,000
50 El Salvador (North America) 15,000
Troop strength of the armed forces.

This country comparison takes 152 countries into account.

Armed forces statistics

feature value
Number of countries covered 152
average 130,173.03
Median 32,000
minimum 1,000
maximum 2,190,000

The 50 countries with the largest defense budgets on earth

Countries around the world are arming for their defense. Current figures show that military spending has been at its current highest level since the Cold War. In a comparison from 2016 to 2017 alone, the share of military defense spending increased by 1.1 percent for all countries in the world. Or to put it in numbers: If the population had to finance the military directly, every person on this planet would have to invest an average of 230 dollars a year worldwide. See calculatorinc.com for the worlds 10 smallest countries.

The 50 countries with the lowest economic growth in the world

Ranking of the 50 countries with the lowest economic growth

Rank Country Economic growth (%)
1 Zimbabwe (Africa) -5.00
2 Lebanon (Asia) -2.00
3 Seychelles (Africa) -1.00
4 Togo (Africa) 0.40
5 Italy (Europe) 0.60
6 Portugal (Europe) 0.70
7 Nepal (Asia) 1.10
8 Lesotho (Africa) 1.20
9 Marshall Islands (Australia-Oceania) 1.20
10 Netherlands (Europe) 1.20
11 Suriname (South America) 1.20
12 Germany (Europe) 1.30
13 Ivory Coast (Africa) 1.40
14 Malta (Europe) 1.40
15 Swaziland (Africa) 1.60
16 France (Europe) 1.70
17 Belgium (Europe) 1.90
18 Jamaica (North America) 1.90
19 Switzerland (Europe) 2.00
20 Great Britain (Europe) 2.10
21 Haiti (North America) 2.10
22 Morocco (Africa) 2.10
23 Austria (Europe) 2.10
24 Grenada (North America) 2.20
25 Yemen (Asia) 2.20
26 Guinea (Africa) 2.40
27 Eritrea (Africa) 2.50
28 Somalia (Africa) 2.50
29 Fiji (Australia-Oceania) 2.60
30 Finland (Europe) 2.60
31 Gabon (Africa) 2.60
32 Australia (Australia-Oceania) 2.70
33 Mauritius (Africa) 2.70
34 New Zealand (Australia-Oceania) 2.70
35 Japan (Asia) 2.90
36 Sweden (Europe) 2.90
37 Central African Republic (Africa) 2.90
38 Canada (North America) 3.00
39 Brazil (South America) 3.10
40 El Salvador (North America) 3.10
41 Paraguay (South America) 3.10
42 Slovenia (Europe) 3.20
43 Bahamas (North America) 3.30
44 Denmark (Europe) 3.30
45 Cameroon (Africa) 3.30
46 Papua New Guinea (Australia-Oceania) 3.30
47 Greece (Europe) 3.40
48 Niger (Africa) 3.40
49 Luxembourg (Europe) 3.50
50 Spain (Europe) 3.60
Economic growth refers to the change in gross domestic product (GDP), i.e. the sum of the prices of the economic goods (goods and services) produced in an economy, from one period to the next.

This country comparison takes 158 countries into account.

Economic growth (%) statistics

feature value
Number of countries covered 158
average 4.95
Median 4.90
minimum -5.00
maximum 22.20
Standard deviation 3.14

The 50 countries with the smallest defense budgets on earth

Ranking of the 50 countries with the smallest defense budgets

Rank Country Defense spending
1 Sao Tome and Principe (Africa) 600,000
2 Gambia (Africa) 1,500,000
3 Guyana (South America) 6,500,000
4 Cape Verde (Africa) 7,500,000
5 Moldova (Europe) 8,700,000
6 Bhutan (Asia) 9,700,000
7 Guinea-Bissau (Africa) 9,800,000
8 Laos (Asia) 11,380,000
9 Mauritius (Africa) 12,400,000
10 Suriname (South America) 13,400,000
11 Comoros (Africa) 15,070,000
12 Sierra Leone (Africa) 15,400,000
13 Seychelles (Africa) 16,100,000
14 Central African Republic (Africa) 17,200,000
15 Malawi (Africa) 18,400,000
16 Belize (North America) 20,400,000
17 Mauritania (Africa) 21,500,000
18 Tanzania, United Republic of (Africa) 21,900,000
19 Somalia (Africa) 23,270,000
20 Mongolia (Asia) 25,700,000
21 Haiti (North America) 26,000,000
22 Kyrgyzstan (Asia) 29,600,000
23 Djibouti (Africa) 29,870,000
24 Togo (Africa) 30,000,000
25 Nicaragua (North America) 33,100,000
26 Jamaica (North America) 33,600,000
27 Equatorial Guinea (Africa) 35,800,000
28 Fiji (Australia-Oceania) 37,000,000
29 Georgia (Asia) 37,000,000
30 Liberia (Africa) 42,700,000
31 Malta (Europe) 42,700,000
32 Lesotho (Africa) 43,700,000
33 Swaziland (Africa) 43,900,000
34 Burundi (Africa) 47,600,000
35 Maldives (Asia) 47,600,000
36 Niger (Africa) 49,600,000
37 Tajikistan (Asia) 51,600,000
38 Rwanda (Africa) 56,700,000
39 Honduras (North America) 57,000,000
40 Paraguay (South America) 60,200,000
41 Chad (Africa) 74,700,000
42 Burkina Faso (Africa) 81,600,000
43 Mozambique (Africa) 84,700,000
44 Guinea (Africa) 89,400,000
45 Mali (Africa) 89,700,000
46 Congo (Africa) 90,300,000
47 Costa Rica (North America) 93,100,000
48 Ghana (Africa) 94,600,000
49 Benin (Africa) 106,300,000
50 Nepal (Asia) 109,300,000
National Defense Budget.

This country comparison takes 157 countries into account.

Defense spending statistics

feature value
Number of countries covered 157
average 7,953,190,382.17
Median 328,000,000
minimum 600,000
maximum 567,800,000,000

smallest armed forces on earth