Top 10 Countries without Armed Forces


10 Marshall Islands

Since the country’s founding, the police have been the only permissible area unit, with a Maritime Surveillance Unit for internal security. The Maritime Police Investigation Unit is equipped with small weapons and operates the Lomor, a Pacific-class patrol boat. Defense is the obligation of the United States under the Compact of Free Association.

9 Palau

Palau is an archipelago of approximately 500 islands in the western Pacific Ocean, part of the Micronesia area. Koror Island is the island’s commercial hub and home of the historic capital, also named Koror. On its east shore, the bigger Babeldaob includes the current capital, Ngerulmud, as well as mountains and sandy beaches. Badrulchau, old basalt monoliths, sit in green pastures bordered by palm palms to the north. The only forces allowed since the country’s founding have been the police, which includes a 30-man Maritime Surveillance Unit for internal security. The Maritime Surveillance is armed with small weapons and operates the President H.I. Remeliik, a Pacific-class patrol boat.

8 Samoa

Samoa is a Polynesian island republic made up of two main islands, two smaller inhabited islands, and many smaller uninhabited islands, notably the Aleipata Islands, that was known as Western Samoa until 1997. Apia is the capital city. There has been no military formation since the country’s founding, although there is a small police force and a Maritime Surveillance Unit for internal security. The Maritime Surveillance Unit is equipped with small weapons and operates the Nafanua, a Pacific-class watercraft. New Zealand is responsible for defence under a partnership deal signed in 1962.

7 Tuvalu

Tuvalu is an island country in the South Pacific that is part of the British Commonwealth. Small, sparsely inhabited atolls and coral islands with palm-fringed beaches and WWII ruins make up the country’s nine islands. The Funafuti Conservation Area, located off the coast of Funafuti, the capital, offers calm seas for diving and snorkelling amid sea turtles and tropical fish, as well as many deserted islets that shelter marine birds. There has been no military since the country’s founding, although there is a small police force and a Maritime Surveillance Unit for internal security.

6 Vatican City

The Roman Catholic Church is headquartered in Vatican City, a city-state bordered by Rome, Italy. It is the seat of the Pope as well as a treasure trove of renowned art and architecture. The Vatican Museums include ancient Roman sculptures such as the renowned “Laocoön and His Sons,” as well as Renaissance frescoes in the Raphael Rooms and Michelangelo’s ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Internal policing is handled by the Gendarmerie Corps. The Swiss Guard is a Holy See-affiliated unit, not the Vatican City State’s. Although there is no official defence agreement with the Italian Republic since it would violate the Vatican’s neutrality, the Italian military formally defends Vatican City.

5 Nauru

Nauru is a small island nation located northeast of Australia in Micronesia. It has a coral reef and palm-fringed white-sand beaches, notably Anibare Bay on the east coast. Buada Lagoon is surrounded on all sides by tropical flora. A rusted Japanese outpost from WWII may be seen on the rocky outcropping of Command Ridge, the island’s highest point. Moqua Well is an underground freshwater lake located within the limestone Moqua Caves. Under a non-binding agreement between the two nations, Australia is responsible for Nauru’s defence. There is, however, a sizable armed police force as well as an auxiliary police unit for internal security.

4 Solomon Islands

Many WWII-era sites may be found in the Solomon Islands, a country comprising hundreds of islands in the South Pacific. The U.S. War Memorial on Guadalcanal, a province and one of the archipelago’s major islands, honours dead Allied soldiers. Honiara, the nation’s capital, is located on Guadalcanal, and its busy Central Market exhibits the islands’ products and indigenous handicrafts. Maintained a paramilitary force until Australia, New Zealand, and other Pacific countries intervened to restore law and order following a severe ethnic conflict. There has been no military presence since then, although there is a sizable police force and a Maritime Surveillance Unit for domestic security.

3 Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein is a 25-kilometer-long German-speaking principality sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland. It’s famous for its mediaeval castles, alpine scenery, and towns connected by paths. Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, featuring galleries of modern and contemporary art, is located in Vaduz, the capital and a cultural and financial hub. Liechtenstein’s postal stamps are on exhibit at the Postmuseum. In 1868, the army was abolished because it was judged to be prohibitively expensive. Military service is only allowed in times of war, although that has never happened. The Principality of Liechtenstein, on the other hand, has a legal system in place as well as a Special Weapons and Tactics squad.

2 Grenada

Grenada is a Caribbean country with a major island, Grenada, as well as smaller surrounding islands. The mountainous main island, dubbed “Spice Isle,” is home to several nutmeg farms. It’s also home to the capital, St. George’s, which overlooks Carenage Harbour with its colourful houses, Georgian structures, and early-18th-century Fort George. Grand Anse Beach, with resorts and bars, is to the south. Due to the associated American-led invasion, it has not fielded a ground force since 1983. For internal security purposes, the Royal Grenada Police Force has a paramilitary special service unit. Defense is the Regional Security System’s duty.

1 Andorra

Andorra is a small, self-governing principality in the Pyrenees mountains, sandwiched between France and Spain. It’s recognised for its ski resorts and for being a tax haven that allows duty-free shopping. Capital On Meritxell Avenue, there are stores and jewellers, as well as many retail malls in Andorra la Vella. The Romanesque Santa Coloma Church, with its round bell tower, is located in the ancient neighbourhood, Barri Antic. Andorra has no formal army, but it has signed treaties for protection with European countries including France. Its little volunteer army serves only as a show of might. The GIPA is a paramilitary organisation that is part of the national police force.