Today, while I was preparing the lecture for my module on international relations, I came across some data that struck my attention.
Did you know that North Korea currently has the 4th largest standing army in the world?
It outranks the armies of countries such as Russia, Turkey, Pakistan, and Iran.
Here is a chart of the world’s largest standing armies (as of October 2015):
And here is a list with the size of the world’s 10 largest standing armies (as of October 2015)
1 People’s Republic of China 2,285,000
2 United States of America 1,361,755
3 India 1,325,450
4 North Korea 1,190,000
5 Russian Federation 766,055
6 Pakistan 643,800
7 South Korea 630,000
8 Iran 523,000
9 Vietnam 482,000
10 Turkey 471,075
Of course the size of an army does not tell the whole story about its strength. However, seeing the North Korean armies ranking so high in the list is quite impressive.