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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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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (North Atlantic Alliance) is an intergovernmental military alliance which was signed in Washington on 4 April 1949. NATO is a system of collective security: its independent member states agree to defend each other against attacks by others countries. NATO's main headquarters are located in Brussels. The following twelve states signed the treaty and became the founding members: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom and United States. The following states joined the treaty after 1949: Greece, Germany, Turkey and Spain. Members who joined after the dissolution of the Soviet Union: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

Before and during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, several NATO countries sent army to reinforce the alliance's eastern flank. Alliance had deployed 40,000 troops along its 2,500 kilometres long Eastern flank to deter possible Russian aggression. On 5 July the North Atlantic Alliance members signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland and formally approved the decisions of the NATO summit.

Finland joined the alliance on 4 April 2023.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 6.3 billion $ 1321.7 billion $
Percent of GDP: 0.7% 0%

Military budget

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


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Active personnel: 140,000 3,254,339
Reserve personnel: 80,000 2,633,732
Available for military: 1,852,580 206,903,543


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

Land Forces

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Tanks: 224 13,142
Armoured fighting vehicles: 1,808 84,043
Total artillery: 176 11,885
Self-propelled artillery: 176 4,348
Rocket artillery: 0 1,828


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

Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 178 21,152
Fighter aircraft: 27 932
Multirole aircraft: 25 3,674
Attack aircraft: 0 673
Helicopters: 57 8,272
UCAV (combat drone): 0 694

Total aircraft

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Highest value in the world: 13,175 (USA)


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Total naval: 0 1,953
Aircraftcarriers: 0 29
Destroyers: 0 121
Frigates: 0 110
Corvettes: 0 55
Submarines: 0 144

Total naval

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Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)

Nuclear weapons


Does not have nuclear weapons.


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Military service


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.


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