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11 Countries With the Smallest Militaries in the World

The list of 11 countries with the smallest militaries in the World is bound to surprise you, as the country at first spot has no military at all. We are not making this up! There are countries in this world that give no importance to their military power and their focus remains on totally different things. Now, having no or the smallest of militaries can be because of two reasons. Number one is because the country can’t afford it or has been attacked by another country and its military resources have been completely taken over and controlled by that country. Number two can be because the country enjoys a peaceful relationship with all its neighboring countries and faces no real threat of being attacked.



In this list you are most likely to find small countries. A country with large covered area can’t afford to lack in military grounds no matter how good its relationships are with the rest of the world. To measure the strength of a military, various factors are considered – some of these factors include available and reserved manpower, strategic assets, labor force, nuclear capabilities (Read our post if you want to know about The 6 Countries with Most Nuclear Weapons), etc. The most important is the manpower (reserved and available) and in our list of smallest military countries, we will mainly be considering this factor.

Do you think countries with smallest militaries are also the most peaceful in the world? You’ll be amazed to know that the answer is NO! Without further ado, let us dive straight in and discover the countries with smallest militaries in the world…

11. Palestine

At number eleven we have Palestine, the country that has been facing political issues and unrest for decades. According to an estimate it has only 500 active military personnel and 56,000 paramilitary force.