Total armed forces personnel reached 41.3 '000 in 2015 in Netherlands, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 1.41 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, total armed forces personnel in Netherlands reached an all time high of 106 '000 in 1989 and an all time low of 41.0 '000 in 2007. When compared to Netherlands's main peers, total armed forces personnel in Belgium amounted to 36.4 '000, 16.6 '000 in Denmark, 177 '000 in Germany and 152 '000 in United Kingdom in 2015.
Netherlands has been ranked 78th within the group of 167 countries we follow in terms of total armed forces personnel, 8 places behind the position seen 10 years ago.
Armed forces personnel are active duty military personnel, including paramilitary forces if their training, organisation, equipment, and control suggest they may be used to support or replace regular military forces.
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