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Sweden is a country located in Northern Europe with an area of 450,295 km2 (land boundries: 2,211 km and costline 3,218 km). The capital of Sweden is Stockholm. The number of inhabitants is 10,385,347.

The Swedish military cooperates closely with the military forces of other Nordic countries through the Nordic Defense Cooperation (NORDEFCO), which consists olso of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway. Sweden is a signatory of the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy and contributes to CSDP missions and operations. In 2022 Sweden applied for NATO membership and was formally invited to join the alliance at the NATO Summit in Madrid. The inventory of the SAF is comprised of domestically-produced and imported Western weapons systems. The United States is the leading supplier of military hardware.

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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: 12 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: 23,600 140,000
Reserve personnel: 31,300 80,000
Available for military: 2,065,782 1,852,580

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

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Tanks: 121 224
Armoured fighting vehicles: 2,071 1,808
Total artillery: 268 176
Self-propelled artillery: 48 176
Rocket artillery: 0 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: 207 178
Fighter aircraft: 0 27
Multirole aircraft: 94 25
Attack aircraft: 0 0
Helicopters: 53 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: 186 0
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 0 0
Corvettes: 7 0
Submarines: 5 0

Total naval

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

Sweden

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Switzerland

Does not have nuclear weapons.

Military service

Sweden

18-47 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; Swedish citizenship required; service obligation: 7.5 months (Army), 7-15 months (Navy), 8-12 months (Air Force); the Swedish Parliament has abolished compulsory military service, with exclusively voluntary recruitment as of July 2010; conscription remains an option in emergencies; after completing initial service, soldiers have a reserve commitment until age 47.

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.