Most Militarily Powerful European Countries
The Top Ten
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.
Number 2 for soft power and number 4 overall military power.
That puts the Brits right near the top in my honest opinion.
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.
Not every one know it, but now france got a better, and well trained army, than UK and Germany
Just a handful of fanatic nationalists obsessed by the idea of "race" could write the crap that we can read here.
Germany is one amazing country, everything about it is awesome. Even with all the awful hateful propaganda, so many people still love Germany including me. Best tanks, tactics, will to win, even in the 2nd world war England had to gather most of the world. It was two on one and they ran across the sea retreating leaving all their weapons behind.
Germany made first a atomic bomb and sale they to USA and USSR, for ever GERMAN is most powerful european country.
Should be #1 or #2, France is has a very weak military even though its big. Britain had to babysit them in both World Wars.
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
"Italy is the 16 st strongest in the world"
I'm sorry, but Credit Suisse and Global firepower are serious and reliable.
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.
STRONG AIRFORCE WITH CONSTANT TRAINING IN INTERCEPTIONS, STRONG TANK POWER (1200 MBT)! AND DECENT NAVY, FOR POPULATION OF UNDER 10millions... (ISRAEL OF THE BALKANS)?
That's because of the mandatory military service, which means that I have to go to the army for 9 months (I'm Greek unfortunately, 16 years old.)
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.
Spain has a surprisingly large navy. It's military history is extraordinary, to put Spain below Poland and Sweden is very strange.
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.
115 combat and fighter aircraft. Over 1000 tanks including 247 German leopards. One of the best commando units in the world - GROM.
Very advanced Technology
World leading in technology
We do not get into war but we still have a great army.
Army means pre-empire.
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.
Obviously they are over 3 times as strong as France the second strongest partially due to there 27,000 tanks, 2 million men reserve and 8500 nukes
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
Since the war in the Donbass, Ukraine has greatly enlarged and upgraded its military.
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.
Turkey is not a european country, as a matter of fact, they have always been not just -a- enemy of europe, but -the- enemy!
Are you ready for the Ottoman Empire?
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.
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!
Romania building up an army to protect themselves from Russia
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.
Strenght really is in the quite well trained reserve since military service is forced.
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
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!
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?
Scotland k ye m8
Serbia lost all wars they've ever battled. It got bombed by the U.S.A. military forces just like every other worthless third world country does. Serbia also lost all wars against its neighbors. Serbia lost twice against Croatia. - 32537690968969
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
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.
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!
Switzerland needs to be around top 10
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.
They are very well trained and skilled in combat
May not have the biggest military BUT Ireland is a hard working country and they are pretty strong
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
It has a lot of allies and is very strong
Good job because that is true
It's Bosnia and Herzegovina
You dint have to be strong to be invincible,
Bosnia has shown it
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.
Best Country It is Sea
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
This country is advancing a lot with weaponry. Albania has defeated Italy and Germany in world war 2. It has defeated the KFOR in the KLA his battles. It has also defeated Serbia in 1999. Albania is pretty much like Pakistan, powerful in military, but a little bit low on money.
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!
Moldova have a strong army,they had supported by Romania,USA,EU and Russia
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
Worst country in the world
Go Hungary YEA BEST MILITARY EVER WO
Strongest in Europe! Former USSR
You can't beat what doesn't exist.
They have no army at all. Not even kidding
So op its stronger than asia and north america conbined
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
GETTING ON NOW PRETTY STRONG IN COUPLE YEARS BE SO STRONG TAKE ON Russia
Austria has an extremely powerful military for its size. They are actively involved in Kosovo, Lebanon, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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
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.
We have A HIGHLY trained military.
quality over quantity
England's army is around 17th spot
When the Ottoman Empire was around Montenegro never became part of it
Best European country
? Don't know if it has an army
Luxembourg's army ranks around 35th spot
America is NOT part of Europe!
Estonia is quite underrated as a European country itself, but it may have a strong and powerful army. Also, the United States and Iraq are not in Europe.