Serbia and Montenegro with most firearms in Europe in possession of civilians per 100 residents, 5th worldwide (2017 report)


Geneva/Belgrade, 04 May 2023, – The rate of civilian firearms holdings per 100 residents in Serbia and Montenegro is the highest in Europe, and at top five places worldwide, according to the last report (of 2017) by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

The Small Arms Survey 2017 said that in Serbia and Montenegro eight years ago there were 39.1 firearms in possession of civilians per 100 inhabitants in each of the two countries in the Western Balkans region.

Of other Western Balkans countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) follows with 31.2, North Macedonia 29.8, Kosovo 23.8 and Albania 12.03.

All six countries of the region are in the top 25-ranked countries and territories worldwide in the report.

At the top of the worldwide list are US and Yemen with 120.8 firearms, and 52.8 respectively.

At the end of 2017 there were approximately 857 million civilian-held firearms in the world’s 230 countries and territories, according to the institute.

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