Countries Without A Military 2022

A government-authorized, government-funded, and government-maintained combat force is what we mean when we say military.

The military is mainly a fighting force, but it may also conduct humanitarian services, such as distributing food, water, and medical attention to needy individuals. The military is primarily utilized for national defense in most developed nations (and humanitarian work).




A country’s military may play an aggressive role, as the wars of World War I, World War II, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 indicate.

In the eyes of many, large armies display strength, and they can instill confidence in people and allies alike. The military budget of the United States is the highest in the world.

Contrary to popular belief, many nations do not maintain any kind of organized military forces, no matter how important they consider them to be. Countries without armed forces usually fall into one of the following three groups:

  • Military demilitarized countries.
  • Military-free countries were founded by their founders.
  • Ex-colonies/dependencies still under the protection of the countries they were formerly part of having a military. Because it was formerly a French colony, Monaco currently receives its defense from the country that once colonized it.
Countries Without A Military 2022

Military-Free Countries and Territories




In the CIA World Factbook, there are 39 nations and territories where the government does not have any kind of military. De facto militaries exist in various countries, despite the lack of a regular military force per the CIA’s definition.

Also See: Countries With Nuclear Weapons 2022

Even though the Costa Rican military was disbanded in 1948, paramilitary organizations trained in the United States or Colombia still serve in the country’s Public Force, which includes police officers.

  1. Andorra
  2. Aruba (Netherlands territory)
  3. British Indian Ocean Territory (U.K. Territory)
  4. Cayman Islands (U.K. territory)
  5. Cook Islands (New Zealand territory)
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Curaçao (Netherlands territory)
  8. Dominica
  9. Falkland Islands (U.K. territory)
  10. Faroe Islands (Denmark territory)
  11. French Polynesia (France territory)
  12. Greenland (Denmark territory)
  13. Grenada
  14. Hong Kong (China SAR)
  15. Iceland
  16. Kiribati
  17. Liechtenstein
  18. Macau (China SAR)
  19. Marshall Islands
  20. Mauritius
  21. Micronesia (Federated States of Micronesia)
  22. Monaco
  23. Montserrat (U.K. territory)
  24. Nauru
  25. New Caledonia (France territory)
  26. Niue (New Zealand territory)
  27. Palau
  28. Panama
  29. Puerto Rico (U.S. territory)
  30. Saint Lucia
  31. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  32. Samoa
  33. San Marino
  34. Sint Maarten (Netherlands territory)
  35. Solomon Islands
  36. Svalbard (Norway territory)
  37. Tuvalu
  38. Vanuatu
  39. Vatican City




CountryNotes
AndorraDefense is the responsibility of France and Spain
ArubaDefense is the responsibility of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Cayman IslandsDefense is the responsibility of the UK
Cook IslandsDefense is the responsibility of Australia
Costa RicaMilitary abolished in 1948. Specialized police units are trained by U.S and Colombia
DominicaMilitary disbanded in 1981. Member of the Caribbean Regional Security System (RSS)
Falkland IslandsDefense is the responsibility of the UK
Faroe IslandsDefense is the responsibility of Denmark
French PolynesiaDefense is the responsibility of France
GreenlandDefense is the responsibility of Denmark
GrenadaMilitary disbanded in 1983. Member of the Caribbean Regional Security System (RSS)
Hong KongDefense is the responsibility of China
IcelandDefense is the responsibility of NATO (particularly U.S., Norway, Denmark)
KiribatiConstitution prohibits military. Defense assistance is provided by Australia and NZ
LiechtensteinArmy abolished in 1868. Assistance from Switzerland and Austria if needed.
MacauDefense is the responsibility of China
Marshall IslandsConstitution prohibits military. Defense is the responsibility of the US
MauritiusMilitary dissolved in 1968, but has small paramilitary Special Mobile Force. Primary security partner is India
MicronesiaNo military formed at founding. Defense is the responsibility of the US
MonacoDefense is the responsibility of France
MontserratDefense is the responsibility of the UK
NauruDefense is the responsibility of Australia
New CaledoniaDefense is the responsibility of France
NiueDefense is the responsibility of New Zealand
PalauNo military formed at founding. Defense is the responsibility of United States until at least 2044
PanamaMilitary dissolved in 1990, abolished in 1994 constitution. Has limited paramiltary special units.
Puerto RicoDefense is the responsibility of the US
Saint LuciaMember of the Caribbean Regional Security System (RSS)
Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesMember of the Caribbean Regional Security System (RSS)
SamoaDefense is the responsibility of New Zealand
San MarinoDefense is the responsibility of Italy
Sint MaartenDefense is the responsibility of the Netherlands
Solomon IslandsPolice trained and supported by Australia and New Zealand
TuvaluNo military formed at founding. Police supported by Australia
VanuatuSmall paramilitary force trained and supported by Australia, China, France, New Zealand, and US
Vatican CityInternal security provided by Switzerland and police, would be defended by Italian military in wartime




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