Chart: China, U.S. Support Largest Militaries But N. Korea ‘Most Heavily Militarized’

The nations with the largest numbers of active military personnel generally fall into one of two categories — either the populous and wealthy or the war-torn. China, the United States, and India top the list of the world’s largest militaries in absolute numbers, but Pakistan, Iran, and Vietnam all finish out the top 10. But when the figures are adjusted for the size of the nation’s civilian population, North Korea earns the dubious title of the “most heavily militarized” nation in the world with 48.7 military members for each 1,000 people. Lagging behind are Eritrea (37.3), Israel (23.3), and Jordan (15.9). The Economist charts the numbers:

Sarah Bufkin