Liechtenstein Military

General

Liechtenstein follows a policy of neutrality and is one of few countries in the world to have no army, having abolished it in 1868 due to high costs. Even though there are claims that the defence of Liechtenstein is the responsibility of Switzerland, Switzerland actually has no defence agreement with Liechtenstein. No defence treaty is mentioned in a description of the bilateral relationships between the two countries provided on Liechtenstein’s official website.

Overview

Military branches :
no regular military forces (constitutionally prohibited); Principality of Liechtenstein National Police (Landespolizei, LP) (2008)

Manpower available for military service :
males age 16-49: 8,102 (2008 est.)

Manpower fit for military service :
males age 16-49: 6,584 (2008 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually :
males age 16-49: 202 (2008 est.)

Military – note :
Liechtenstein has no military forces, but is interested in European security policy and is an active member of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

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