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Military > Armed forces growth: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Growth in the number of armed forces personnel from 1985 (index = 100) to 2000. 100 means no growth, 50 means it halved and 200 means it doubled.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Rwanda 1,246% 2000
2 Burundi 669% 2000
3 Sri Lanka 432% 2000
4 Cambodia 300% 2000
5 Bahrain 293% 2000
6 Lebanon 266% 2000
7 Saudi Arabia 222% 2000
8 Djibouti 180% 2000
9 Malta 162% 2000
10 Uganda 150% 2000
11 Chad 147% 2000
12 Niger 141% 2000
13 Colombia 130% 2000
14 Botswana 125% 2000
15 Angola 117% 2000
16 Qatar 105% 2000
=17 Nepal 100% 2000
=17 Antigua and Barbuda 100% 2000
=17 Bhutan 100% 2000
20 Gabon 96% 2000
21 Togo 94% 2000
=22 Sudan 85% 2000
=22 Mauritania 85% 2000
=22 Burma 85% 2000
25 Belize 83% 2000
26 The Bahamas 80% 2000
27 Cameroon 79% 2000
28 Burkina Faso 70% 2000
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 62.35% 2000
=29 Ethiopia 62% 2000
=29 Kenya 62% 2000
31 The Gambia 60% 2000
Former French colonies average (profile) 55.46% 2000
=32 United Arab Emirates 51% 2000
=32 Mali 51% 2000
34 Bangladesh 50% 2000
=35 Mexico 49% 2000
=35 Oman 49% 2000
37 Jordan 48% 2000
OPEC countries average (profile) 47.9% 2000
South Asia average (profile) 45% 2000
38 Paraguay 40% 2000
=39 Papua New Guinea 38% 2000
=39 Switzerland 38% 2000
=41 Central African Republic 35% 2000
=41 Ecuador 35% 2000
43 Albania 34% 2000
=44 Morocco 33% 2000
=44 Jamaica 33% 2000
=44 Zambia 33% 2000
47 Fiji 30% 2000
48 Trinidad and Tobago 29% 2000
=49 Thailand 28% 2000
=49 Kuwait 28% 2000
51 Pakistan 27% 2000
52 Israel 21% 2000
53 Bolivia 18% 2000
54 Democratic Republic of the Congo 15% 2000
=55 South Korea 14% 2000
=55 Luxembourg 14% 2000
=55 Venezuela 14% 2000
=58 Dominican Republic 10% 2000
=58 Singapore 10% 2000
60 Romania 9% 2000
=61 Indonesia 7% 2000
=61 Benin 7% 2000
=63 Libya 4% 2000
=63 Brazil 4% 2000
=65 Yemen 3% 2000
=65 India 3% 2000
67 Egypt 1% 2000
=68 Madagascar 0.0 2000
=68 Suriname 0.0 2000
=68 Lesotho 0.0 2000
=68 Cyprus 0.0 2000
=68 Tunisia 0.0 2000
73 Guatemala -1% 2000
=74 Guinea -2% 2000
=74 Zimbabwe -2% 2000
=76 Turkey -3% 2000
=76 Sierra Leone -3% 2000
=76 Japan -3% 2000
Emerging markets average (profile) -4.143% 2000
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) -4.833% 2000
79 Malawi -6% 2000
80 Senegal -7% 2000
81 Philippines -8% 2000
82 Peru -10% 2000
=83 Finland -13% 2000
=83 Malaysia -13% 2000
85 Chile -14% 2000
86 Guinea-Bissau -15% 2000
=87 Ireland -16% 2000
=87 Iran -16% 2000
89 Nigeria -19% 2000
90 Sweden -20% 2000
=91 Syria -21% 2000
=91 Greece -21% 2000
High income OECD countries average (profile) -25.185% 2000
=93 Denmark -26% 2000
=93 New Zealand -26% 2000
=93 Austria -26% 2000
=93 Uruguay -26% 2000
97 Algeria -27% 2000
=98 Norway -28% 2000
=98 Australia -28% 2000
=98 China -28% 2000
101 Canada -29% 2000
Non-religious countries average (profile) -31.818% 2000
102 Poland -32% 2000
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) -33% 2000
103 Argentina -34% 2000
104 Italy -35% 2000
=105 United Kingdom -36% 2000
=105 Cote d'Ivoire -36% 2000
=107 France -37% 2000
=107 United States -37% 2000
109 Portugal -39% 2000
=110 Barbados -40% 2000
=110 South Africa -40% 2000
112 Equatorial Guinea -41% 2000
=113 Laos -46% 2000
=113 Bulgaria -46% 2000
115 Honduras -50% 2000
116 Netherlands -51% 2000
117 Vietnam -53% 2000
=118 Ghana -54% 2000
=118 Germany -54% 2000
120 Belgium -57% 2000
121 Hungary -59% 2000
122 El Salvador -60% 2000
123 Mozambique -61% 2000
124 Cuba -64% 2000
125 Spain -67% 2000
126 Russia -71% 2000
=127 Czech Republic -72% 2000
=127 Mongolia -72% 2000
129 Nicaragua -75% 2000
130 Guyana -76% 2000
131 Seychelles -83% 2000
132 Cape Verde -86% 2000

Citation

"Countries Compared by Military > Armed forces growth. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", calculated on the basis of data on armed forces from IISS (International Institute for Strategic Studies). 2001. The Military Balance 2001-2002. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Military/Armed-forces-growth

Military > Armed forces growth: Countries Compared Map

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Interesting observations about Military > Armed forces growth

Sri Lanka ranked first for armed forces growth amongst Hot countries in 2000.
Rwanda ranked first for armed forces growth amongst Christian countries in 2000.
Bahrain ranked first for armed forces growth amongst Muslim countries in 2000.
Switzerland ranked first for armed forces growth amongst High income OECD countries in 2000.
Colombia ranked first for armed forces growth amongst Emerging markets in 2000.
United States ranked third last for armed forces growth amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2000.
Cambodia ranked first for armed forces growth amongst Former French colonies in 2000.
Malta ranked first for armed forces growth amongst European Union in 2000.
Saudi Arabia ranked first for armed forces growth amongst Sparsely populated countries in 2000.
Lebanon ranked second for armed forces growth amongst Heavily indebted countries in 2000.

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I was looking at a number of statistics on education, and then ran into this one on Armed Forces Growth (sort of by accident). I understand your definition, but am confused by what the negative numbers would mean. For example, what does Cape Verde's -86 mean? I see that someone asked a similar question in 2006; any answers?

Posted on 25 Mar 2011

Ansar Ahmed

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