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Top 30 Most Powerful Militaries

Name the countries with the the most powerful military forces on the planet.
According to the website Global Firepower
Demographic and economic data is a factor, non-conventional weaponry (nukes) is not
Quiz by kalbahamut
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First submittedJanuary 23, 2013
Last updatedSeptember 10, 2018
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Rank
PwrIndx
Answer
1
0.0818
United States
2
0.0841
Russia
3
0.0852
China
4
0.1417
India
5
0.1869
France
6
0.1917
United Kingdom
7
0.2001
South Korea
8
0.2107
Japan
9
0.2216
Turkey
10
0.2461
Germany
Rank
PwrIndx
Answer
11
0.2565
Italy
12
0.2751
Egypt
13
0.3131
Iran
14
0.3198
Brazil
15
0.3266
Indonesia
16
0.3444
Israel
17
0.3689
Pakistan
18
0.3876
North Korea
19
0.4079
Spain
20
0.4098
Vietnam
Rank
PwrIndx
Answer
21
0.4203
Australia
22
0.4276
Poland
23
0.4296
Algeria
24
0.4331
Taiwan
25
0.4356
Canada
26
0.4636
Saudi Arabia
27
0.4735
Thailand
28
0.5255
Greece
29
0.5283
Ukraine
30
0.5969
Czech Republic
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level 76
Jan 22, 2013
I always forget Poland, and then I see George W. Bush in my head, defending his "coalition of the willing,": "don't forget Poland!" haha
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level 76
Feb 9, 2014
Hey everyone. Pleasure to be featured as always. Hope you guys enjoy the quiz and if you do, here are a few other similarly-themed quizzes I created you may also enjoy:

Countries by Air Force Strength
Countries by Active Military Reserve Strength
Countries by Military Expenditures (as a % of GDP)
Longest Lasting Empires
Countries by Debt to GDP Ratio

Enjoy and if you do, subscribe to get updates on new quizzes by clicking the link next to my name above.
Cheers, all, and mind the Predator drones.
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level 14
Feb 12, 2014
I want to be straight with you: Did you get inspiration for these quizzes off Global Firepower.com? I go there a lot, and lots of this information is from there. :)
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level 76
Feb 12, 2014
What gave it away? Was it the caveat at the top that says "According to the website GlobalFirepower.com?" You are a master sleuth indeed!

If you're referring to the linked quizzes above, 2 used GFP as a source, 2 use Wikipedia, and 1 uses the SIPRI database and also references Wikipedia.
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level 76
Feb 18, 2015
Another year another update from GFP. Mostly minor shufflings. No major changes at the top of the list. Throughout the bottom ranks the major theme seems to be the sharp rise of some Asian countries and the steady decline of Europe. Spain and Syria have both tumbled off the top 30, making way for Algeria and Singapore. And GFP apparently still hasn't fixed whatever quirk of their algorithm that allows Czech Republic and Switzerland to make the list over North Korea, the UAE, Mexico, or other larger, more powerful countries. It's my hypothesis that they are too generous with the boost they give to landlocked countries for having no navy. But without looking at the algorithm I don't know.
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level 76
Apr 23, 2016
The update this year seems to include an algorithm overhaul that makes the top 30 rankings seem a lot more intuitive and sensible. For instance, Switzerland, Singapore, Ethiopia, and the Czech Republic are all off now, as probably anyone would agree they ought to be; and North Korea is back on, which seems obvious. No more difficult explanations.
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level 76
Aug 23, 2018
I haven't updated this in 2 years. Pending approval I put in the numbers for 2018.

Not really any big changes. North Korea, South Korea, Iran, and Spain all moved up significantly. Other than that there were just minor shufflings and the top 5 remain the same. The only move in to or out of the top 30 was Sweden out, and the Czech Republic back in. This seems unfortunate as it doesn't make sense to rank Czechia higher than Mexico, Sweden, The Netherlands, South Africa or many other nations. I suspect the algorithm is still in need of fixing as mentioned above.
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level 47
Jan 30, 2019
Thanks! nice quiz.
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level 46
Jan 24, 2013
Great quiz!
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level 71
Jan 28, 2013
Nice! 27/30
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level 40
Feb 16, 2013
0.2461 compared to 0.2601. Does that mean that America is only a bit more powerful than Russia. I'd have thought they were heaps more. Good quiz anyway!
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level 76
Feb 17, 2013
I'm not entirely sure how the algorithm is calculated. In terms of conventional weaponry, for sure, the USA could clean Russia's clock at this point, even though Russia still has the 2nd best airforce in the world and among the most poweful navies. However, if you look at non-conventional weaponry, Russia still has some 17,000 nuclear warheads sitting around. Enough to destroy the world 5 or 6 times compared to the USA's capability of only destroying the entire world 3 or 4 times. I'm not sure, practically speaking, what difference that makes... but maybe it accounts for the closeness in score.
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level 40
Mar 30, 2013
Oh, minus nukes, air force, drones and tactical missiles I've little doubt the Russians would give the US a good stuffing in a ground war. But of course, this would never happen. Mind you, they seemed to knock off the US pretty easy in that movie, Red Dawn. :)
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level 76
Mar 30, 2013
I never saw Red Dawn, but I thought that it was about North Korea (on paper), even though it was about China (really). Or you're talking about the 1984 film? In 1984 the Soviets and Americans were more or less on equal footing. Now, that's not the case. But....... hard to speculate given the hypothetical parameters you set up. With nukes, Russia has the advantage. With air force, tactical missiles and drones technology, the USA has the advantage. Leave it just to ground forces and the US probably still has an advantage but you would have taken away most of their technological superiority if you eliminate the air force (assuming that you are grouping in air-based weapons from the Navy, Army and Marines along with Air Force), so... in all likelihood it would be a horrific, grinding total war a la WW1 or WW2 wiping out generations of men, with advantage going to the defender if there was one. I know I'm taking your comment too seriously. :)
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level 40
Mar 31, 2013
Obviously, this is just educated guesswork. But yeah, given these limitations the US would still have the technological edge. The Russians the edge in toughness and determination. I'd imagine the Americans would have a lot of initial success but that it would eventually end up in a ground-out war... and that's where the Russians have historically always had the edge. I think it's fair to say the Americans have a poor track record in this sort of war. But anyway, it's just my opinion. You're very obviously welcome to your own.
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level 76
Mar 31, 2013
eh... Americans have done fine at forgetting about Afghanistan which is now the longest war in the nation's history. Of course that's all "over there" so not really present in most Americans' minds. But, the USA has also successfully negotiated World War 1, World War 2, the Revolutionary War, and the American Civil War which were all pretty awful, the last one especially for Americans. Russia weathered attacks from Napoleon and Nazi Germany, but then again they also lost the will to fight in Afghanistan much the same as the US did in Vietnam. I say it's a wash.. and.. like I said before... ultimate advantage goes to the defender.
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level 8
Jun 12, 2016
I know the website you used for this.
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level 76
Jun 12, 2016
What gave it away? Was it the direct link to the source directly under the title of the quiz?
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level 15
Mar 20, 2013
Good quiz! but what about Afghanistan, isnt it a very powerful military force
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level 76
Mar 21, 2013
hm... no, not really. Global Firepower ranks them 48th, even with the boost they get for being landlocked (landlocked countries are not penalized for having no navy), they still end up pretty low.
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level 44
Apr 26, 2016
Serbia is landlocked and it has navy. :D
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level 67
Jul 5, 2016
Several do- http://www.neatorama.com/2010/07/05/landlocked-navies-of-the-world/
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level 40
Mar 30, 2013
I don't believe this. I call it BS. I think... erm... Burma has the most powerful military force in the world... and nothing you say is going to change my mind. LOL... as I'm sure you realise... my objection is purely random.
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level 76
Mar 30, 2013
I realize that your objection is not random at all and is simply you pooping on my comments section because you feel as though I did the same in yours, even though that's not the case. I raised some legitimate issues that were all well-considered and backed up by facts. Anyway, any issue you have with *this* list, real or fabricated, isn't something I would take personally. I cited my source above and did not invent the rankings myself, so it's not as if I've invested any of my own ego into the data.
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level 40
Mar 31, 2013
Well yes, I was trying to prove a point in a niceish kind of way Kal. I do appreciate feedback Kal... when it's proportional. Otherwise it feels a bit like harassment and/or graffiti. I think it's just about accepting different views/interpretations of the world.
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level 76
Mar 31, 2013
Sounds like something you could work on. good luck. and I posted a lot on that one quiz because, like you said, it got me thinking. That's good, right? Now if only I could perform the same service for you...
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level 76
May 22, 2013
I looked more into the algorithm used by TotalFirepower. As it turns out, they actually do *not* count nuclear weapons when considering the algorithm. So there are other reasons for the closeness in scores between the US and Russia. It's a complicated formula using 40 different data points. Of those, Russia has an edge on the United States in artillery strength (a variety of different kinds) and certain types of naval vessels. Russia's external debt is 1/28 that of the US. It produces more oil than the US but consumes far less than it produces (unlike the US which consumes almost twice what it produces). Russia also has 3x more proven oil reserves. And its a bigger country, though I'm not sure if that's a plus or minus... harder to conquer, but also more difficult to defend.
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level 14
Oct 30, 2013
Where the flip is Andorra?
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level 76
Oct 31, 2013
betwixt France and Spain, last I checked.
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level 34
Dec 10, 2013
Wow I forgot Ukraine, Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand. But wow, would have NEVER guessed Ethiopia. jeez
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level 34
Dec 18, 2013
I finally got them all! after like 10 tries... YAY
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level 46
Dec 19, 2013
I gave up when I answered Sweden as a joke and it was there! Country that hasn't been in war since 19th century. Country that has made political decision that they don't even try to keep army that can defense their own country. Nothing against swedish but give me a break.
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level 76
Dec 20, 2013
You realize that this is a top 30 list, right? Not top 5 or top 10. Which country do you believe should take Sweden's place? The Philippines? They're currently ranked 31st. Switzerland? Malaysia? South Africa?
Sweden still has among the finest air forces in the world. I think that alone probably places them in the top 30. Though they have downgraded the size of their airforce in recent years and are near the bottom of this list. Perhaps in a few more years as we see the rising power of Asian countries and a few in Africa, Sweden will be knocked off the list entirely. But for now, honestly, who would you replace them with?
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level 46
Jul 13, 2014
How about North Korea?
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level 76
Apr 24, 2016
In the latest update Sweden has slipped to 29th place and the DPRK is again ranked higher than them.
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level 61
Dec 23, 2013
surprises me Vatican is not on here. I mean the pope with his cardinals and highly faithfuls would get gods full support and win everything and they have their own guards hopping around in their fancy suits.
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level 76
Dec 23, 2013
I don't think that god's favor is part of the algorithm used. And while in the past, for sure, the Vatican could field a pretty formidable armed force, these days I don't think they have much in the way of conventional weaponry.
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level 71
Feb 9, 2014
Stalin once supposedly said, when told that Pope Pius XII disapproved of his policies, "How many divisions does the Pope have?" 600 years earlier that would have been a legitimate question. The Papal Army was disbanded in 1870 according to Wikipedia.
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level 76
Feb 9, 2014
This reminds me of Dave Chappelle's rendition of "Black Bush" and his attitude toward the UN, which I cannot repeat here and not be censored.
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level 34
Jan 10, 2014
100%!
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level 73
Jan 20, 2014
I can't believe i got 29/30 on my first attempt. Even got ethiopia.
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level 73
Feb 19, 2014
Crap...i did worse this update. Must be getting more stoopit. :-(
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level 34
Mar 23, 2015
Ethiopia was once on top 30? -_- didn't know that....
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level 76
Mar 23, 2015
Yeah last year.
This is my theory: GFP doesn't publish their algorithm. But they do say a couple things about it. One thing is that landlocked countries are not "penalized" for not having a navy. It's my opinion that for most countries which are not landlocked this probably means that they are, in effect, heavily penalized for having a coastline. If they are comparing naval strength against some sort of mean, then the fact that America's naval power so *completely* outclasses everyone else, it's just totally embarrassing how weak every other navy in the world is compared to America's (even including countries like Russia and the UK), then I think what happens is that countries that are landlocked in effect get a pretty substantial boost to their ranking. By far the oddest countries to ever show up in the top 30 are Ethiopia, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. All land-locked countries.
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level 51
Jul 21, 2017
I mean, it WOULD be pretty hard for the U.S. to pull up to Switzerland in their subs.
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level 76
Oct 4, 2017
:) ha. but... see... the US Navy is so overpowered they wouldn't even have to. They could park a fleet of aircraft carriers, missile cruisers and nuclear submarines somewhere in the Mediterranean and launch enough tomahawk missiles, tactical nukes, and B2 bomber-delivered bunker busters to turn the Swiss Alps into a valley. And that's true for any land-locked country on Earth. It's not as if navies are only used in amphibious assaults these days.
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level 35
Feb 9, 2014
I thought China was the leading military. U.S second and Russia is like 5 or something
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level 76
Feb 9, 2014
They have more troops but in terms of military power? Not even close... the United States has BY FAR the largest, most powerful, most advanced and sophisticated Navy in the world. Same goes for their air force. Either branch of the United States military could probably take on the combined navies or air forces of the entire rest of the world and win. The US army is smaller in size than China's, but also more experienced and technologically advanced- that one might be a draw. The US has far more sophisticated command and control technology, much better drones, the best and most experienced special forces in the world (UK comes in 2nd)... at present it's just not even close. Though China is rapidly narrowing the gap, they're still not close to overtaking the US. The USA also has enough nukes to destroy the entire world multiple times, and Russia does too, though nukes are not part of the above calculation.
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level 74
Feb 9, 2014
All that technology and spending is merely decor if the US is engaged in an offensive war as an invading power as Iraq, Vietnam and Afghanistan demonstrate. The ability to win as an invader requires a huge commitment many times over teh defending power. Something most democracies are willing to do. Beyond defensive weaponry including alliance commitments, military budgets are a drag on a country's economy; the money is better spent directly on infrastructure and the welfare state.
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level 76
Feb 9, 2014
You may be right. I didn't say that it was necessarily money well spent, though an argument could be made.
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level 63
May 26, 2017
Actually, the SAS is the best special force in the world, bar none.
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level 76
May 26, 2017
Chaos, objectively not true, but they are pretty good and have a respectable service record.
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level 66
Aug 26, 2017
The SAS have a much higher critical success to failure ratio, especially in dealing with hostage situations. They're trained to deal with any environment and their training is one of the longest in the world.
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level 34
Mar 7, 2014
So you thought the ones on youtube were right?
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level 40
Feb 9, 2014
why is Netherlands not included?
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level 76
Feb 9, 2014
I don't know. For whatever reason, the website GlobalFirepower chose not to rank them. I'm guessing that if they were ranked they would be about on par with Australia.
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level 76
Feb 17, 2014
update: The Netherlands was recently added to the GFP list of ranked countries and I have removed the caveat. They're currently ranked 32nd in the world.
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level 69
Jan 25, 2018
Why would they be here? Our military is a joke. Ofcourse, we do have some ships and we do have patriotmissiles but that's about it. Gouvernements budget cuts made us lose almost all of our tanks and there's close to none ammunition in stock for let's say training. On paper we have 13 Chinook helicopters but only a few of them actually fly, the others are in parts or maintainance without parts.
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level 76
Jan 25, 2018
but your country is well equipped to defend itself from attacks by Don Quixote.
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level 67
Feb 10, 2014
I was happy with my 25/30, but then I realized some extremely obvious ones like Israel and Saudi Arabia had managed to slip my mind.
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level 76
Feb 10, 2014
A lot of people don't think of Saudi, though as a % of GDP they are the 3rd biggest military spenders in the world, after North Korea and Eritrea. Having lived and worked here for 5 years, though, I'm not sure if that would translate into actual war-making capability if it ever came to it. I wouldn't have much confidence in the people here. I know they conquered one of the largest land empires in history in a very short span of time once upon a time but that was a long time ago.
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level 14
Feb 12, 2014
I think we can all learn a lesson from Kim Jong Un... It sucks to be a North Korean
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level 66
Feb 13, 2014
o.O So surprised about Sweden. People keep saying things like "if we were invaded, we could only hold out for one week". I'm also surprised about Japan; aren't they supposed to not even have a military?
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level 76
Feb 13, 2014
Probably depends on who invades you. If it was the USA, a week might be optimistic. If it was Finland, though, you'd probably be fine.

Regarding Japan, it's actually true that the Japanese constitution prohibits the development of "war potential" and specifically renounces war as a means of settling disputes. The constitution was written by the USA after World War 2. However, starting in 1950 largely in response to developments in Korea, Japan began building up something like a national guard. That has evolved into the Japan Self Defense Force, one of the finest national guard forces in the world. And more recently (last year, in fact), the Japanese government has approved a full-scale rearmament of the country as a way of countering the increased military spending and posturing of China and the continued craziness emanating from North Korea. Not that that decision had any effect on these rankings, but it shows attitudes have slowly been changing since 1945.
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level 63
Jul 9, 2017
I wouldn't underestimate Finland as an opponent, after all Finland was the only country to ward off the attack of the mighty Soviet army. There's also 350 000 reserve soliders in Finland to Sweden's measly 200 000. I get your point, but if you wanted to pick a weak country easily won, I don't think Finland was the best choice of all Sweden's neighbours. Just saying...
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level 76
Oct 4, 2017
Defending your own territory is a lot different from invading someone else's. I'm sure the Finns are brave enough but if they wanted to invade Sweden, really, the Swedes have nothing to worry about.
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level 76
Feb 13, 2014
It's probably worth noting that of all of these countries, only the United States and Russia really have the capability of projecting significant power all over the world. China and India have significant weight to swing around in their own regions, but are still not significant global powers militarily. The UK and the rest of the top 10 are capable of projecting some more across the world and in their own regions, but not enough at this point to conquer a decent-sized country more than 1,000 miles away or so. The bottom 20 countries on the list are all quite capable of defending themselves against their neighbors- but none of them really have the power necessary to attack any other country that they are not adjacent to. Not in any meaningful way, anyway. With a few odd exceptions most of these countries are only interested in self-defense or at most settling border and trade disputes in their local area.
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level 22
Feb 17, 2014
Will you update your quiz to keep it up to date with recent power index calculations? http://globalfirepower.com/countries-listing.asp
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level 76
Feb 17, 2014
I just updated it a month ago. But I can do so again when I have time. They made a lot of changes in the last month, much more than in the entire past 18 months combined... maybe they adjusted the algorithm or something. Syria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic are now in the top 30.. The Netherlands has been ranked finally (#32), and Mexico, North Korea, and Ethiopia have all dropped out of the top 30.
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level 76
Feb 17, 2014
I edited the quiz and resubmitted it.

In addition to the precipitous drops of those three countries which fell off the top 30 entirely, there were big declines in the numbers posted by Iran, Sweden, and a few other countries; as well as big gains for the three newcomers to the top 30 already mentioned, and also Turkey, Japan, Canada, Poland, and Australia. China continues to close the gap between itself and Russia, but has not yet surpassed it's comrade to the North. The USA, of course, retains its commanding lead.
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level 34
Mar 7, 2014
USA! USA! USA!
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level 34
Feb 19, 2014
You updated. I see
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level 44
Aug 1, 2014
Great quiz!
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level 36
Aug 6, 2014
I was really surprised to see Sweden and Czech Republic
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level 76
Aug 6, 2014
Sweden used to have a pretty good air force.
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level 26
Jan 20, 2015
Great quiz! Try my Most Powerful People of the World quiz.
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level 20
Apr 1, 2015
Where is North korea??
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level 69
Jul 22, 2015
Gladly not on this list
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level 34
Apr 22, 2016
It is now, check GFP out now
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level 55
Apr 1, 2015
haha Switzerland made the list! A country known for its proverbial neutrality!
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level 34
Apr 22, 2016
A lot has changed, fix this. GFP updated.
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level 63
Apr 26, 2016
26/30 in first attempt. Another 30 seconds would have helped...
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level 69
Apr 26, 2016
Why do Russia and China have a higher power index, but lower ranking than America? The UK has a higher power index than France and India too, but is ranked lower. In fact, the ranking seems to jump around all over the place. How are the rankings calculated?
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level 76
Apr 26, 2016
I don't know what you mean. The smaller the number is, the stronger the military force is. The ordering is correct, I just double checked.
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level 34
Apr 26, 2016
a .0000 would be a perfect score meaning they are as powerful as a country can possibly be.
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level 76
Apr 26, 2016
I don't think that's how it works. I'm guessing that the aim is to make 1.00 the median score, as there are 126 countries on the list, and #62 (Hungary) has a score of 1.0007.
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level 60
Apr 26, 2016
Who is in last place now? Any country come after Vatican City (do Popes get elected on their "commander-in-chief qualifications", I wonder)? They DO have Swiss Guard army (with no nukes, I assume) and are landlocked, though Navy could presumably sail the Tiber.
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level 76
Apr 26, 2016
Of the 126 countries ranked by GFP, the Central African Republic comes in last place. But there are many countries not ranked that don't even have a military.
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level 61
Apr 26, 2016
I typed in Canada as a joke....
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level 76
Apr 26, 2016
I put them on the quiz as a joke, too.
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level 17
Feb 28, 2018
They actually have a really good special forces
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level 76
Feb 28, 2018
I didn't put them on the quiz as a joke. My comment was the joke.
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level 29
Apr 26, 2016
Honestly surprised at Sweden, a country which apparently operates a "state neutrality" response to foreign affairs ala Ireland and Switzerland.
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level 43
Apr 26, 2016
you know, Andorra has no army. try my Andorra quiz here. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/178909/andorra-a-z
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level 21
Apr 28, 2016
3 minutes I feel is not long enough.
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level 76
Apr 29, 2016
It's more than enough time.
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level 68
May 5, 2016
got them all with :04 remaining, it can be done.
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level 70
May 21, 2016
Yeah, I ran out of time too, though I might not have got Sweden, even with another 30 seconds, but I would have got the other 3-4 I missed.
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level 28
Apr 30, 2016
Forget Indonesia, Vietnam and Taiwan (really??). Surprising, Spain and Ukraine are still here despite crisis and corruption. Also Egypt is shockingly high, since it cannot control own territory.
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level 76
May 1, 2016
You might be surprised how much is controlled by the military in Egypt. They've got their hands in everything there.
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level 28
Jun 16, 2016
I understand, military actually leads the state, but i meant their unsuccessful war against IS and other terrorist groups at Sinai Peninsula and around.
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level 76
Jun 16, 2016
fighting a homegrown ideologically-motivated guerilla/terrorist insurgency is next to impossible. Even the United States, by far the most powerful and sophisticated military power in the history of the world, has had only middling success at such endeavors.
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level 69
Aug 30, 2016
I think the lesson of history is that the solutions to such insurgencies are political rather than military. The military can only cut heads off the hydra.
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level 76
Aug 31, 2016
It depends on the resolve of both the insurgents and the established power, how much legitimacy/popularity each have with the populace at large, and also how much brutality the stronger power is willing to or able to exert on the weaker one. Before the contemporary age of democracy and television news media, if an indigenous population was causing you trouble you could just commit wholesale genocide against them and that actually tended to work pretty well.
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level 34
May 31, 2016
I had one second left and Swede. 29/30. :(
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level 37
Jun 5, 2016
I'm surprised Mexico, currently at 31, isn't on this list
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level 76
Jun 5, 2016
They used to be.
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level 68
Aug 15, 2016
Greece? Really? Huh.
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level 76
Aug 16, 2016
You never saw the movie 300?
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level 69
Aug 22, 2016
I think if this algorithm were put to the test, it would be found rather lacking. There is no way the USA and Russia are that closely matched.
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level 60
Oct 2, 2016
Got them all, guessed Algeria with only 3 seconds on the clock.
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level 43
Oct 3, 2016
30/30 in my first go!
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level 28
Oct 20, 2016
got 24
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level 12
Nov 29, 2016
Why is Belgium not here? Them wafflez iz Dedly
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level 35
Dec 30, 2016
I missed 1. Stupid Ukraine.
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level 33
Feb 6, 2017
Israel is number 11, not 16.
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level 56
Feb 8, 2017
Lichtenstein has no military at all
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level 53
Oct 1, 2018
That's what they WANT you to think.
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level 62
Mar 6, 2017
100% Drop that hundo!!!
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level 56
Mar 29, 2017
I like Lichtenstein, they have NO army at all
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level 39
Jun 15, 2017
LiEchtenstein
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level 12
Apr 27, 2017
But Italy has more than Germany it says. ???
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level 76
Aug 4, 2017
Germany is ranked higher than Italy but not by much. The size of the number is inversely proportional to the strength of the military.
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level 39
Jun 15, 2017
How did I miss Canada
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level 22
Aug 4, 2017
Where's Finland. Has bigger army than Sweden. And in Finland you have to choose military service or civilian service.
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level 76
Aug 4, 2017
Sweden used to have a premiere air force but their military power is dwindling.
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level 51
Sep 24, 2017
Forgot Greece and Israel
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level 60
Oct 4, 2017
I use this website all the time! Also did you know they updated their website. You should probably update this quiz as well.
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level 76
Oct 4, 2017
If I get around to it. I haven't been as active here as I used to be.
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level 39
Oct 30, 2017
30/30 on the first attempt. I even guessed Taiwan, ahah!
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level 40
Dec 14, 2017
Well....I guessed everything. Algeria, Taiwan, Thailand,Sweden,Greece,Ukraine... All of these countries that many People would not think of. And then... My only miss was Israel. That's frustrating :D. 29/30
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level 67
Feb 27, 2018
Good quiz, I find the Social Gazette ranking more interesting .....here it is
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level 35
Mar 25, 2018
Brilliant quiz well done!
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level 50
Aug 18, 2018
It's pretty amazing how the USA keeps losing wars despite how much money they waste on their military.
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level 76
Aug 20, 2018
They have a pretty astonishingly high win:loss ratio. The most amazing thing is how much flak they catch from everyone, everywhere, on every subject.
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level 60
Aug 25, 2018
Because of this comment I had to look up the word Flak.
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level 76
Sep 1, 2018
Isn't it amazing, though? I mean... criticize them for their rate of obesity, or their rate of incarceration, or for the ubiquity of reality television, or for electing a mentally retarded orangutan as president. All of that would be completely fair. But apparently it's not enough and you also have to criticize them for their weak military? That's like trying to make fun of the New York Yankees for not winning the World Series very often. I think it shows a sort of desperation to find fault with them no matter what, even in areas where they completely dominate every other country on the planet and nobody could reasonably argue that they don't.
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level 58
Jan 9, 2019
@Wolfcam -- on a relevant quiz, too, since it was a (German) military abbreviation!
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level 40
Jul 25, 2019
There is an important difference between losing a war and losing interest. The American public expect to win wars without any noticeable inconvenience, It is obviously a different situation when you are a member of the Taleban who has nowhere else to go.
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level 75
Aug 25, 2018
Part of the 'are you a bigot' series? Haha, oh kal, you really are a peculiar chap.
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level 65
Oct 5, 2018
Czechia with 0:04 remaining! I didn't think I was going to get this quiz but just made it.
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level 45
Oct 6, 2018
Only missed the Czech Republic. From the percentages, I can tell I'm not the only one.
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level 72
Oct 10, 2018
How would Egypt rank higher than Israel? Israel is stronger surely, given its decisive victories over Egypt (plus its allies) in recent times?
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level 76
Oct 11, 2018
The Israeli military is far more sophisticated but the Egyptian military is larger and the equation also factors in demographic information. In addition, Egypt and Israel have had a peace treaty in effect since 1979. If Israel had to fight off the same coalition of countries today as they were able to defeat in 1948, it's very likely that things would go a different way.
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level 41
Jan 6, 2019
kal, nice how you visited a lot of countries. have you visited mostly for work or vacation? I like your place of residence:)
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level 76
Jan 7, 2019
I've worked full-time in Virginia, California, Seoul, Riyadh, and Dammam. I had a residence in Bahrain when I was working in Dammam. I went to South Korea and Saudi Arabia specifically for jobs I had accepted. I've lived and visited many other places but the rest of those places I was there just because I wanted to be, though sometimes I would do a bit of work here and there.
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level 77
Mar 16, 2019
Cool, kalbahamut...I was in Dhahran for ten years...my dad worked in Dammam.
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level 41
Jan 7, 2019
Nice to know your bio. Thanks for sharing!
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level 65
Apr 26, 2019
I'm from the Czech Republic and the only answer I missed is... the Czech Republic.
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level 76
Apr 26, 2019
it's odd that it is included.
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level 28
May 5, 2019
I seriously forgot Israel. 19/20 good job me
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level 53
May 8, 2019
Got them all but Spain. Oops.
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level 63
Jul 22, 2019
As far as I'm aware, there's been an update in the GlobalFirepower index. I don't like it, because the UK has slipped down the rankings, but it's happened... *sad British noises*
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level 76
Jul 22, 2019
Looks like there hasn't been any changes to the countries included in the top 30, just a bit of shuffling up and down within their ranks. I'll probably hold off updating until next year. They still haven't fixed the stupidity of the algorithm that boosts the Czech Republic so high.
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level 70
Jul 25, 2019
Argentina didn't show up? I'll be darned.
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level 51
Jul 26, 2019
I forgot Germany??? Hahahaha! I'm honestly surprised that some of the biggest drug-running countries such as Colombia from South America didn't make the list... surely they have the armaments?
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level 76
Jul 27, 2019
Not really. Ak-47s are not really much use against aircraft carriers, stealth bombers and predator drones.
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level 58
Sep 4, 2019
What about Freedonia, they have a formidable army?
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