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United Nations peace keeping operation is an important instrument which helps in bringing about peace in nations which have been ravaged by war or internal conflict. The Peacekeeping Operations, which comprises forces that have been contributed by the member states, help in the prevention as well as removal of threats to peace. The peacekeeping forces help nations in establishing peace by disarming opposing parties, protecting the citizens of the country and restoring law and order. However, the contribution of the nations is voluntary and the number of forces sent varies from nation to nation. It is interesting to note that the contribution of the developed countries is less than the developing nations.

According to a data by the United Nations, the African nation of Ethiopia is the largest contributor to the peacekeeping operation. As of 2017, there are 8,340 Ethiopians involved in peacekeeping missions. India and Pakistan are the second and third biggest contributors with both nations contributing 7,678 and 7,132 personnel to the UN peacekeeping force respectively. Countries such as Bangladesh, Rwanda, and Nepal have also made significant contributions. The nations have contributed 6,904, 6,149, and 5,231 peacekeepers, respectively.

Countries which had contributed between 2,500 and 5000 peacekeepers are Burkina Faso, Egypt, Senegal, Ghana, Indonesia, and China. Tanzania, Nigeria, Italy, Mongolia, Germany, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Kenya, and some other nations have contributed between 100 to 2,500 people to the UN peacekeeping operations.

Meanwhile, there are a number of nations which have made minimal contributions to the peacekeeping operation. Some of these nations which have contributed less than 100 people to the peacekeeping operations are the United States of America, Russia, Denmark, Zimbabwe, Switzerland, Australia, Colombia, Cuba, Algeria, among others. The two nations of Macedonia and Guinea-Bissau are ranked at the bottom and have contributed just one individual each to peacekeeping operations.

To get information on the number of the contribution of each country to the peacekeeping operations, refer to the table below.

Country Number of UN peacekeepers
Ethiopia 8,340
India 7,678
Pakistan 7,132
Bangladesh 6,904
Rwanda 6,149
Nepal 5,231
Burkina Faso 2,971
Egypt 2,904
Senegal 2,840
Ghana 2,773
Indonesia 2,727
China 2,510
Tanzania 2,285
Nigeria 1,681
Morocco 1,598
Chad 1,432
South Africa 1,422
Uruguay 1,414
Togo 1,304
Brazil 1,283
Niger 1,186
Cameroon 1,144
Italy 1,086
Benin 972
Malawi 950
Mongolia 947
Zambia 946
Guinea 922
Mauritania 914
Jordan 909
France 897
Malaysia 873
Cambodia 804
Burundi 801
Congo 783
Germany 745
Fiji 652
Spain 652
Republic of Korea 621
Uganda 562
Ireland 544
Sri Lanka 504
Chile 485
Argentina 465
Netherlands 457
Gabon 432
Ukraine 425
United Kingdom 425
Peru 393
Gambia 344
Serbia 313
Kenya 274
Japan 270
Sweden 264
El Salvador 261
Portugal 244
Guatemala 240
Tunisia 233
Finland 202
Austria 201
Yemen 185
Slovakia 182
Djibouti 164
Paraguay 157
Philippines 156
Turkey 148
Canada 122
Russia 98
Hungary 93
Zimbabwe 90
Romania 88
Sierra Leone 85
Liberia 78
Norway 78
United States of America 78
Honduras 74
Bolivia 69
Denmark 63
Namibia 58
Estonia 52
Greece 51
Mali 51
Bhutan 45
Bosnia and Herzegovina 45
Madagascar 45
Colombia 43
Australia 42
Czech Republic 37
Switzerland 36
Mexico 35
Armenia 34
Brunei 30
Thailand 19
Samoa 18
Slovenia 18
Croatia 16
Belgium 15
Kyrgyzstan 15
Dominican Republic 13
New Zealand 12
Cuba 11
Cote d’Ivoire 8
DR Congo 8
Moldova 8
Lithuania 7
Poland 7
Ecuador 6
Montenegro 6
Algeria 5
Belarus 5
Central African Republic 5
Solomon Islands 5
Vietnam 5
Bulgaria 4
Kazakhstan 4
Papua New Guinea 4
Costa Rica 3
Iran 3
Latvia 3
Qatar 3
Cyprus 2
Georgia 2
Guinea-Bissau 1
The FYR of Macedonia 1

(Data sourced from the United Nations)

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