Nuclear Weapons World Map

February 21, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin

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The following map is is a proportional visualization of the total number of nuclear weapons stockpiled by each country of the world (that we know about).

While Russia and The United States stockpile the vast majority of nuclear weapons, any one single nuke could turn our world upside down in an instant.

A full-on nuclear exchange could be entirely over in an hour and a half…


For many logical thinkers, logic may dictate that deterrence of ‘mutually assured destruction’ is sufficient to ensure a good night’s sleep… but who’s to say that all those who have the power to unleash hell are logical and sane? In fact many of the world’s most brutal ‘leaders’ in history have been quite the opposite.

 
Full-size map of world nuclear weapons

The total area within each bar graph segment is proportionally representative to the number of nuclear weapons possessed by each country.
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Inventory of Nuclear Weapons World Stockpile

The following is a nuclear weapons country list of the total number of strategic and non-strategic nuclear weapons in their inventory, as best can be determined*.

What are strategic nuclear weapons?

An example of strategic nuclear weapons are those with long range ballistic missiles, a nuclear weapon which is programmed primarily for employment against tactical targets in tactical military operations.

What are non-strategic nuclear weapons?

Non-strategic nuclear weapons typically refer to short-range weapons, including land-based missiles with a range of about 300 miles and air-and-sea launched weapons with a range of less than 400 miles.

 
12,000 (Russia)
9,400 (USA)
300 (France)
240 (China)
225 (UK)
90 (Pakistan)
80 (India)
80 (Israel)
10 (N. Korea)

 
*Data sourced from reports made by two experts, Hans Kristensen and Dr. Robert Norris.

Russian Nuclear Forces, 2010
U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2010
French Nuclear Forces, 2010
Chinese Nuclear Forces, 2010
British Nuclear Forces, 2010
Israeli Nuclear Forces, 2010
Pakistani Nuclear Forces, 2010
Indian Nuclear Forces, 2010

 
About Hans M. Kristensen:

Director of the Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists where he provides the public with analysis and background information about the status of nuclear forces and the role of nuclear weapons. He specializes in using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in his research and is a frequent consultant to and is widely referenced in the news media on the role and status of nuclear weapons.

About Dr. Robert S. Norris:

Senior research associate with NRDC in Washington, D.C. His principal areas of expertise include all aspects of the nuclear weapons programs of the United States, Soviet Union/Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.