Most Militarily Powerful European Countries


The Top Ten

1 United Kingdom United Kingdom The United Kingdom (UK) is a sovereign state which consists of the political and economic union of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It was a member of the European Union (EU) from 1973 to 2016. more.

The United Kingdom is still Technically the worlds strongest country in the world. It is the biggest investor in each of the top five economically performing countries in the world (even bigger than China), thus making it the second richest country in the world behind the US, is home to the world's financial trading center (London) of which it trades trillions in sterling world wide every day on the London Stock Exchange, and has the best regarded political relations world wide. The UK is also home to BAE Systems; The most advanced global company engaged in the development, delivery, and support of defense, security, and aerospace (Air, Sea, and Land) world wide.

They have the best military training in the world and in World War 2 when all their European allies were gone they carried on fighting.

The last time Britain was conquered was in 1066 by William the Conqueror. Since then, Napoleon and Hitler have attempted to invade Britain and have failed. For hundreds of years, the British navy dominated the seas.

The stupid French spammer who keeps on writing anti British stuff doesn't realize that France lost to poorer countries like Vietnam and Algeria. Lol. (I admire the French military, I am just pointing dumb stuff). But do they have the SAS or RAF? No.

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2 France France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to more.

Since I live in France for the last 10 year ( originally I am from Italy) I simply love France, it is my favourite country. I am in love with it. It's military power is good, it's economy is good, it's life style is great, in short every thing of France in best! But I really want that France maybe on the top of world in culture, entertainment, economy, life style, military, and of ourse beauty, etc and one day it will... LONG LIVE France.

In terms of figures (troops, number of aircraft and warships), France has without of doubt the most powerful forces in Europe. Besides, the French fighting forces took part in many conflicts after 1989 ; their troops are very well trained and French war forces happen To be well-diversified. Last point : France is the sole European country holding a fully independent nuclear task force.

Today by far the strongest military in Europe. Suffice to look at the outcomes of last 5 year interventions.

France currently has the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and is operating 3 mistral class carriers. This makes the country have an advanced navy making the top ten in the world. Also, France has many more fighters than the U.K. has. This allows for more aerial competence.

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3 Germany Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. more.

Just a handful of fanatic nationalists obsessed by the idea of "race" could write the crap that we can read here.

No matter what happens to the Fatherland, Germans ALWAYS have been resilient, and patriotic. Plus Germany runs the European Union, they have the strongest military in Europe and one of the strongest in the entire world. Germany is the perfect example of how no matter what your past is you can become a beacon of light for all the world.

It has to be Germany they have the Best tanks the Best weapons and have the best training in all of Europe. Also how is it that no matter what happens to Germany they always end up becoming the Major power in Europe they are unstoppable

Whenever I see Germany or it's flag it instantly makes me think of Nazis and Hitler, I know it's not what Germany is but Hitler really ruined Germany's reputation. - MagmaFox

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4 Italy Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. more.

Italy could be said to be the mother of all the other European nations for technological, scientific and artistic developments. It was the home of the greatest empire that earth has ever seen; it really can't be compared to any other. And although in the past 60 years or so has had mainly "politicians problems" the Italians, with their ingenuity and imagination can astonish (positively) the world again.

The British empire was a colonial-commercial empire conquered with rifles against arrow, quite different from roman empire, conquered fighting at the same level, and developing the countries with aqueducts, theaters, trade, law, etc...

"Italians are easy to defeat. Lost almost every war"

The usual idiot clichés about Italy... Italy won the First World War. Germany was defeated in all wars, as usual in his history. So, it's Germany the loser country par excellence, not Italy. Not to mention the US, who lost a lot of regional wars, boasting high-tech weapons, later revealed as useless on the real battlefield.

ITALY have WIN the FIRST WORLD WAR. English don't remenber the raid of alexandria. English people remember only win. Stupid yellow teeth

I like their military. But they only won ww1 because they swapped sides. So before you say "yellow teeth" check your grammar.

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5 Russia Russia Russia, known as the "Russian Federation", was formed on Dec 25, 1991. It is located mainly in Asia, while a portion of it remains in Europe. The capital and largest city is Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg in terms of population. The country primarily speaks Russian, a Slavic language. more.

Russia at #8? Haha! Who came up with this list?

Russia has alluded Napoleon, the British empire, the Nazi war machine, the Ottomans, and anyone else you care to mention. Whilst at times lacking discipline and engaged in squabbles, the Russians are a formidable race of people who are determined to prevail under the hardest of conditions and would put forth a defense hitherto known. The Japanese are probably the only ones that have gotten one past the Russians in the Far East, but that was not much of a muchness given the proximity of Vladivostok to Tokyo and the political turmoil in Russia at the time.

Nationalism is the key when comes to winning wars and I believe Russia is 2nd to US. Nowadays in EU I expect that countries like Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland where the nationalism and national identity is still an important driving force, to crush in direct conflicts diluted countries such as Germany, France, Italy and so on. Remember, the Roman Empire failed when mercenaries replaced free Roman soldiers.

Russia should be number one! It could overrun Eastern Europe if it wanted! It's army could beat all those above her 1v1 without problems!

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6 Poland Poland Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe, bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine and Belarus to the east; and the Baltic Sea, Kaliningrad Oblast (a Russian exclave) and Lithuania to the north .

100000 well trained soldiers with modern equipment, about 1000 tanks and almost 15000 land vehicles and artillery, 600 warplanes, 42 F-16 Eagle in it makes Poland 24th world's most powerful country.

GROM is one of the most dangerous special units in the world. It trains with NAVY seals and SAS. Not to mention it has been kept secret for most of its life, thus their capabilities are not fully known.

Abala battle 250+ taliban dead none of Polish soldiers.. You may have your budgets or equipment etc etc, but in combat hand to hand Polish soldier is the best in the world. We have proven this many many times. Each country who tried to conquer us on their own always was getting ass whooping ( including Russia and Germany) we were conquered only when there was alliance between outside countries against us. enough said.

Best morale, high-end version of F-16's, very good artillery.

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7 Turkey Turkey Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, more.

Turks are not European lol

Fact: Turks always had the numbers, at least 10 to 1 and yet 95% they miserably failed to win. In modern or guerilla warfare tanks are obsolete, dead weight. Well trained snipers and launchers can win wars, basically at no cost.

It is not european country

Always Turks

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8 Sweden Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. more.

Very advanced Technology

World leading in technology

We do not get into war but we still have a great army.

This allways surprises me! Why do you think Sweden is strong? They do have ok navy, but everything else...
Hardly any artillery, some 20k troops, no conscripts, about 60 operational fighters and those are gripens, not top dogs like typhoon or f35 etc.

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9 Greece Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

This is country that every male is trained in the military, and is in constant alert with a super power Turkey. Yes Greece is definitely a country that can defend their land, see and air.

Greece has some of the best pilots in the world. Always on top in NATO training.


Israel of balkans

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10 Spain Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast.

Spain's legacy in the world can't be compared to that of any European Country. It deserves a higher position than Sweden, Poland, Russia and Italy. More than 500 million people speak Spanish and the Spanish Empire was bigger than the French and the German. definitely, the world we live in wouldn't be the same if Spain never existed

Spain has always been a great power in Europe. Through hard economic times, they will emerge with a stronger nation, ready for any threat that comes their way.

Spain is a small regional power, with a low military budget. Ranks only 27th in the world and it is quite far from the major European countries, according to Global Firepower.

21st? Maybe in your dreams. The 21st place is occupied by Iran. You must go down to the 27th place of the ranking to find Spain.
You better take a look at "Globalfirepower".

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The Contenders

11 Netherlands Netherlands

The Netherlands are the gate to Europe. The ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam are the biggest in Europe. Trade is in their blood. Most of the population speak 2 or 3 languages. Their have a very modern navy with a powerful amphibious, sub and surface fleet althouhg they are relatively small. They are strong supporters of a strong and unite Europe.

With elite frigates, which are as powerful as destroyers, high tech submarines, a strong amphibious assault force and one of the the best rader systems in the world, the dutch navy can take on most opponents.

The dutch army is one of the most well trained in the world so even though they are small they could hold off most any belligerent's.

It is what could be described as a secret power, they managed to come back from the Nazi's destroying them. The Netherlands haven't been in the spotlight yet but they could be soon.

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12 Ukraine Ukraine Ukraine is a sovereign country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland and Slovakia to the west, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively.

With all these recent events, Ukraine's army is upgrading weaponry and tactics, which will lead to significant modernization in near future.

Ukraine actually had a very good army. It is being modernized, some troops are US trained, and they are flattening the Russian separatists. Plus, there are a few volunteer armies, too.

Ukraine is actually quite powerful. Only reason it lost everything is because it fought Russia all its battles. Also it saved our countries from collapsing due to lack of natural gas. Russia though can easily shut out fuel down

Ukraine is getting p now and ukrainian army is getting stronger every day.

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13 Switzerland Switzerland Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal republic in Europe . It consists of 26 cantons, and the city of Bern is the seat of the federal authorities . more.

Also if Switzerland has never been to war, the Swiss have one of the strongest armies in the world. Swiss guards even guard the pope.

It has been neutral for like 200 years and, this country is decent size in military though its neutral.

Switzerland is prepared for a nuclear war!

Big lough Switzerland, hahaa

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14 Finland Finland

Large reserve army and reasonably modern equipment. Not afraid of taking on bigger armies. Unable to conduct Global operations, but very able to make a local fight.

Well, at least they won Russia.

Huge reserve, large amount of artilley guns that can hit anywhere in the country with precision. Finland is unable to wage an offensive war, but the guerilla style tactics that they've implemented is very effective to defend its own country with.

Almost 1000 000 soldiers out of 5000 000 of is quite impressive. What is Sweden doing on this list?

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15 Romania Romania Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 238,391 square kilometres and a temperate-continental climate. With over 19 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh-most-populous member state more.

Romania has 140,000 active soldiers and 900 tanks along with smart scientists

Romania is one of the best army in Europe

I Love you Romania! GO!

Nothing Withouth God

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16 Serbia Serbia Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a sovereign state situated at the crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans.

Serbia has ever had a great army for her size, but sadly had made some strategical bad choices during the last 25 years.

Serbia is the best country in Europe!

Best technics! Fight for the homeland

"Serbia lost almost every war" Did you ever hear how Serbia shot down the American "Invisible Bomber" in 1999, with a 60's air defense? Did you ever hear of Operation "Strela/Arrow" that happened in 1999 where 450 FRY soldiers fought 29 000 KLA, NATO, SAS, Norwegian Special Forces soldiers to defend the Serb holy land, Kosovo? The casualties on the Serb side were 87 dead, on the other hand 14 000 dead. Did you ever hear Republic of Srpska Krajina alongside Republic of Srpska which fought Croatia, NATO and USA from 1991 to 1995 with only 40 000 Soldiers and more as well as with a few tanks? Did you ever hear how Serbia wanted to free the Serbs from a 5x bigger country, Austria - Hungary in 1914? Did you ever hear what other people said about the Serbs: General of the German army Alfred Von Makensen (1912 - 1915): "Serbs are the best soldiers of the Balkans, dangerous and warlike people, brave and proud people", Napoleon Bonaparte: "It is ...more

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17 Czech Republic Czech Republic Czechia, officially the Czech Republic, is a nation state in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast.

Is developing lots of technology and has some sick training and elite soldiers, only five Czech men have died in Aghan+Iraq wars combined, the country spends most of GDP on military, Germany and Britain give the Czech almost unbreakable Tanks and now they are gaining strong missiles from them as well, Air Force is astonishing and the Czech Military has a rapid growing number of men.

Czech is not supposed to be top 10 but is really evolving its army which is really good

18 Norway Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard.

One of the most advanced military technology in the world.

That includes Albania, Czechoslovakia, Austria, France, Denmark, Hungary, and Poland

Should be ranked higher, as orway can produce it's own Equipment if needed. It should swap Place With Sweden, Sweden isn't strong today because of it's history.

More like NO DEBT! Norway has an enormous surplus.Also, ONLY non-scandinavian country that has successfully occupied Norway is Nazi Germany, and even then they lasted longer than everyone else except for UK and Russia.

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19 Belgium Belgium

Don't underestimate the capital of Europe. It is maybe a small country, but it once was one of the biggest armies in Europe and it still has a modern army protecting 11 million people.

Um... Essentially the capital of Europe. The headquarters for the European council and NATO. While it might not possess the largest military on the continent it certainly holds enough influence over its neighbors that it might as well.

Since when does size matter? I mean seriously, look at the U.K. They are the 5th most powerful nation in the world! But this whole vote is rigged. Since when is Poland above Turkey. Then again, the only reason I am voting for Belgium is because I am Belgian. It just so happens that there are more morons in Poland then there are in Turkey. Au revoir!

20 Scotland Scotland Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain.

We fight for freedom when nobody else will, I can't think of a specific example but it makes us sound cool. We drink IRN-BRU when nobody else will, we eat haggis when nobody else will, we put knives in our socks when nobody else will. I think we have the biggest army in the world, I think.

This goes under UK?

Mighty scotland

Ecks dee

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21 Croatia Croatia Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia (independence since 1991), is a sovereign state at the crossroads of Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean. Its capital city is Zagreb. It is a member of the European Union. During the Cold War it was part of Yugoslavia. It is a cultural more.

Stronger than Serbia and Scotland because of NATO and more trained and modern equipped inventory also spends more on its military than both of the countries mentioned. Never backed down a war. Skilled and patriotic soldiers

Best Country in Europe. Very proud and strong people. Never backs down from a fight.

Respectable fighters

Croatia should be higher they were outnumbered by serbs and still won in couple days

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22 Bosnia

It has a lot of allies and is very strong

Good job because that is true

It's Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnians are heroes surrounded by villians

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23 Ireland Ireland Formed in 1916 after the Easter uprising, Ireland is a small country with a population of roughly 5 million.

Very well trained, the ranger Corp are one of the most deadly special forces in the world

Wow I think maybe we should be liwer on this list

Even though Ireland had a huge financial crisis which lead to a bailout of €65.5 billion from the European Union. Ireland has payed back it's debt fully and is now looked as the “poster boy of Europe", a nation that other European countries can look up to. It is also increasing it's defense budget each year.

Ireland is officially a Neutral nation, but before their independence they beat the British Empire! Even though Ireland is a small country it is a modern western nation, with one of the best trained armies, navy and airforce in Europe. As a peaceful country, which means it is very safe, 416 troops are currently deployed around the world on behalf of the United Nations, with 210 and 116 Irish soldiers on the front line of peace keeping in Lebanon and Syria.

Ireland is the most friendliest country in the world with great relations with all world powers especially USA & UK! A very important player in the European Union, United Nations, European Organisation of ...more

Although they don't have a large military, they need not worry.
Any direct threat to Ireland would be intolerable to their neighbours.
The French and British military would be there very quickly, and the Americans a bit latter.
That is a formidable defense capability - at a very low cost to Ireland.

24 Albania Albania Albania is a southeastern European country that is slightly larger than Maryland and near Montenegro, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, and Greece. The capital is a city called Tirana. Some other major cities in Albania are Durrës, Elbasan, Vlorë, and Shkodër. Albania gained its independence in 1912. more.

Since joining NATO its military has modernized receiving a lot of technology from other NATO members such as the United States and United Kingdom.

Improving in every aspect

This nation can now officially defeat the United Kingdom. These guys have advancing technology, and one of the best strategies in Europe. It should totally be number one. - uklin

Albania didn't defeat serbia in 1999, NATO defeated serbia and narrowminded serbian politicans helpped them a lot. Three fingers up

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25 Portugal Portugal Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country on the Iberian Peninsula, in Southwestern Europe.

Altough they do no have the most modern equipment, they are one of the best trained.

The Portuguese always faced armies much bigger, but almost always got around the numbers and won. With a little help of the british sometimes...

Portugal would easily take over Spain in 9 months

Totally one of the bests.

26 Bulgaria

Yea I think Bulgaria should be in it

Strong army once during the comunist regimen, the strongest on the Balkans at that time, an army that half of Europe couldn't have afforded to engage in a war with, but having most of it's millitary equipment scrapped and men force reduced gradually as a condition for NATO membership, because of the economical crisis that appeared after the dissolution of the Soviet Union as the economy of the country no longer was able to provision the army.

Are you kidding me bulgaria 28th Bulgaria is much more stronger than all other countries exampel albania denmark Moldova ireland Croatia

Bulgaria has maybe the strongest air force it consists of 3 Mig-29 and some old trash! It also has 30 000 man power armed with AK - 74 and AK - 47! Half of those 30 000 men are drinkers and drug addicts!
Bulgaria sold her tanks to Macedonia in 1993, and Macedonia eventually scrapped them for money!
Half of those 30 000 men are drinkers and drug addicts!
Ohh and don't forget that we have 6 warships - 3 frigates, 2 rusty 60 years old submarines and a minesweeper!

27 Moldova Moldova Moldova, officially the Republic of Moldova, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south.

Moldova have a strong army,they had supported by Romania,USA,EU and Russia

28 Denmark Denmark Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Europe. The southernmost of the Nordic countries, it is south-west of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany.

Forget Norway, Denmark might be small but they are comparable to many powerful nations. They can hammer Portugal to pieces.

Denmark has a huge chunk of ice... That should count for something... Right?

Good military strong Air Force as well as control of Greenland and the Faroe Islands Denmark should be 10

29 Hungary Hungary Hungary is a sovereign state in Europe. It is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by Slovakia to the north, Romania to the east, Serbia to the south, Croatia to the southwest, Slovenia to the west, Austria to the northwest, and Ukraine to the northeast.

Worst country in the world


30 Georgia Georgia Georgia is a country in the Caucasus region. Located at the crossroads between Eastern Europe and Western Asia it is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russian Federation, to the south by Turkey and Armenia, and to the southeast by Azerbaijan. The country's capital and a largest city more.

Strongest in Europe! Former USSR

31 Macedonia Macedonia Macedonia borders with Greece to the south, Albania to the West, Bulgaria to the East, Serbia and Kosovo to the North. It has population of over 2 million people which are mixture of pure Macedonians, Albanians and Serbians. Macedonian is the language spoken in the country. Macedonia has beautiful forests, more.

So op its stronger than asia and north america conbined

32 Austria Austria Austria was Celtic (Hallstadt) then as Noricum, part of the Roman Empire, Alaric, who took over Rome, studied at a monastery near Vienna. In the Middle Ages, the Holy Roman Emperors moved to Vienna, then Austria became separate. Medieval documents from Eastern Europe as far as West Ukraine were often more.

Austria has an extremely powerful military for its size. They are actively involved in Kosovo, Lebanon, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

33 Iceland Iceland Iceland, also called the Republic of Iceland, is a Nordic island country between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean.

You can't beat what doesn't exist.

They have no army at all. Not even kidding

34 Kosovo Kosovo Kosovo is a disputed territory and partially recognised state in Southeast Europe that declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 as the Republic of Kosovo.

Well done Kosovo I am so happy you have independence from stupid Serbia Inspiring name is kosovo

If Kosovo join Albania,U.S.A and NATO will help them to create a very big army

Kosovo is a province of Serbia


35 Jordan Jordan Jordan, officially the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an Arab kingdom in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River.

Although it is an extremely small country located in the Middle East, it has a great monarchy system and an incredibly strong invincible military (compared to Arab countries of course). The 6 million population of Jordan remain until now the best and most persistent when it comes to protecting one's country. To add to that and wrap it up, it's trade isn't bad at all, in Irbid, many clothes are made/sewed (handmade) and sent to the US and different parts of the world.

I didn't know Jordan is in Europa

36 Iraq Iraq

Best European country


37 Latvia Latvia Latvia, officially the Republic of Latvia, is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe, one of the three Baltic states.

We killed Russians
Apparently we own Russia and Russia is my city

The most powerful country in the world by far. Has 6666666 nukes and 99999 million tanks. Could take over all of Europe in 5 seconds, but is a humble country.

38 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina, sometimes called Bosnia-Herzegovina or Bosnia & Herzegovina, abbreviated BiH or B&H, and, in short, often known informally as Bosnia, is a country in Southeastern Europe located on the Balkan Peninsula.
39 Slovenia Slovenia Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is a nation state in southern Central Europe, located at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes.

We have A HIGHLY trained military.
quality over quantity

40 England England

England's army is around 17th spot

England is UK

41 Montenegro Montenegro

When the Ottoman Empire was around Montenegro never became part of it

42 Luxembourg Luxembourg

? Don't know if it has an army

Luxembourg's army ranks around 35th spot

43 Slovakia Slovakia
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