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Norway vs Switzerland

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Norway is a country located in Northern Europe with an area of 323,802 km2 (land boundries: 2,566 km and costline 25,148 km (includes mainland 2,650 km, as well as long fjords, numerous small islands, and minor indentations 22,498 km; length of island coastlines 58,133 km)). The capital of Norway is Oslo. The number of inhabitants is 5,391,369.

Norway is a member of NATO and was one of the original 12 countries to sign the North Atlantic Treaty. The Norwegian Armed Forces cooperate closely with the militaries of other Nordic countries through the Nordic Defense Cooperation, which consists of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The Norwegian Armed Forces inventory includes mostly imported European and USA weapons systems, as well as a domestically-produced equipment. The US is the leading supplier of weapons systems.

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Switzerland is a country located in Central Europe with an area of 41,285 km2 (land boundries: 1,770 km and costline 0 km (landlocked)). The capital of Switzerland is Bern. The number of inhabitants is 8,570,146.

Switzerland has long maintained a policy of military neutrality, but does periodically participate in EU, NATO, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Swiss law excludes participation in combat operations for peace enforcement, and Swiss units will only participate in operations under the mandate of the UN or OSCE. The Swiss Armed Forces inventory includes a mix of domestically-produced and imported weapons systems. The United States is the leading supplier of military armaments.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 7.3 billion $ 6.3 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2% 0.7%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 916 billion $ (USA)
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Manpower

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Active personnel: 23,250 140,000
Reserve personnel: 40,000 80,000
Available for military: 1,078,181 1,852,580

Active

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Highest value in the world: 2,035,000 (China)
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Land Forces

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Tanks: 52 224
Armoured fighting vehicles: 553 1,808
Total artillery: 44 176
Self-propelled artillery: 35 176
Rocket artillery: 9 0

Tanks

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Highest value in the world: 12,267 (Russia)
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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 104 178
Fighter aircraft: 0 27
Multirole aircraft: 25 25
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 38 57
UCAV (combat drone): 0 0

Total aircraft

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Highest value in the world: 12,930 (USA)
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Navy

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Total naval: 41 0
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 4 0
Corvettes: 6 0
Submarines: 6 0

Total naval

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Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)
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Nuclear weapons

Norway

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Switzerland

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

Norway

18-44 years of age for male compulsory military service (55 years of age if you are an officer); 16 years of age in wartime; 17 years of age for male volunteers; 18 years of age for women. 19-month service with 12-month service obligation. Around 50% of conscripts are enrolled in the Home Guard, for a 7-month period (spread out over many years).

Switzerland

19-26 years of age for male compulsory military service; 18 years of age for voluntary male and female military service; every Swiss male has to serve at least 260 days in the armed forces; conscripts receive 18 weeks of mandatory training, followed by seven 3-week intermittent recalls for training during the next 10 years.