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 best without a doubt.
The French will never be powerful, and the Germans will never win a war, they may have a tiny navy know but when a war comes their way the whole country gets a kick up the arse and the nation is rearing to go.

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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.

Despite the stereotypes French army is the best in Europe (fighting experience in war Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Sahel, Central Africa, Somalia, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria). Numbers of soldiers (200000 soldiers "1st in Europe"). Quality train well for the fighting, high level military equipment, one of the best special forces in the world (1er Rpima - 13 RDP - 4e RHFS - CPA10 - Commando Marine - GIGN), high level military intelligence agency and foreign intelligence service (DRM - DGSE), 300 nuclear bombs "1st in Europe and 3rd in the world", military budget that increases in 2018, French military bases in the countries of Africa and Middle East, French foreign legion, one of the only army in Europe that can be deployed quickly for military operations, nearly every piece of equipment is French, which means no dependence on other nations, only country outside the United States to have a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier etc.. sorry for my bad english, Vive la France.

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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 clich├ęs 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

Strongest in Europe!

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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 at 5? Ahahahhaha. You're joking.

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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.

Poland rules it is my country

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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.

Are you ready for the Ottoman Empire?

It is not european country

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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.


Greece is #1!

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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.

THE netherlands is cool

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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 have the best army what I know they are powerful and I hope so they are!

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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.

Best educated soldiers in the world.

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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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