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Economy > Innovation > Military expenditure > % of GDP: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Military expenditure (% of GDP). Military expenditures data from SIPRI are derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditures on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces; defense ministries and other government agencies engaged in defense projects; paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations; and military space activities. Such expenditures include military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions of military personnel and social services for personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid (in the military expenditures of the donor country). Excluded are civil defense and current expenditures for previous military activities, such as for veterans' benefits, demobilization, conversion, and destruction of weapons. This definition cannot be applied for all countries, however, since that would require much more detailed information than is available about what is included in military budgets and off-budget military expenditure items. (For example, military budgets might or might not cover civil defense, reserves and auxiliary forces, police and paramilitary forces, dual-purpose forces such as military and civilian police, military grants in kind, pensions for military personnel, and social security contributions paid by one part of government to another.).

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 Eritrea 20.87% 2003
2 South Sudan 9.43% 2012
3 Oman 8.61% 2012
4 Saudi Arabia 7.98% 2012
5 Israel 5.69% 2012
6 United Arab Emirates 5.5% 2011
7 Jordan 4.68% 2012
8 Azerbaijan 4.64% 2012
9 Algeria 4.56% 2012
10 Russia 4.47% 2012
11 Sudan 4.37% 2006
Middle Eastern and North Africa average (profile) 4.23% 2010
12 United States 4.2% 2012
13 Djibouti 4.07% 2007
14 Lebanon 4.04% 2012
15 Yemen 4.02% 2012
16 Syria 3.95% 2010
17 Armenia 3.9% 2012
18 Mauritania 3.79% 2009
19 Kyrgyzstan 3.74% 2011
20 Angola 3.63% 2012
21 Equatorial Guinea 3.59% 2009
22 Afghanistan 3.55% 2012
OPEC countries average (profile) 3.55% 2010
23 Morocco 3.55% 2012
24 Singapore 3.52% 2012
25 Kuwait 3.35% 2011
26 Cuba 3.33% 2010
27 Colombia 3.28% 2012
28 Zimbabwe 3.24% 2012
29 Swaziland 3.17% 2012
30 Bahrain 3.14% 2012
31 Pakistan 3.13% 2012
32 Namibia 3.11% 2012
Muslim countries average (profile) 2.99% 2005
33 East Timor 2.92% 2012
34 Turkmenistan 2.9% 1999
35 Georgia 2.88% 2012
36 Iraq 2.88% 2012
37 Ecuador 2.83% 2012
38 South Korea 2.8% 2012
39 Ukraine 2.77% 2012
40 Greece 2.63% 2012
South Asia average (profile) 2.61% 2012
41 Central African Republic 2.6% 2010
Religious countries average (profile) 2.54% 2012
42 United Kingdom 2.45% 2012
43 India 2.43% 2012
44 Sri Lanka 2.43% 2012
45 Brunei 2.43% 2012
46 Burundi 2.39% 2012
Former Soviet republics average (profile) 2.36% 2011
47 Turkey 2.31% 2012
48 Botswana 2.3% 2012
49 France 2.26% 2012
50 Guinea 2.23% 2004
51 Serbia 2.21% 2012
52 Iran 2.19% 2009
53 Tajikistan 2.17% 2004
54 Vietnam 2.16% 2012
55 Cyprus 2.07% 2012
56 Chile 2.04% 2012
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 2.02% 2012
57 China 2.02% 2012
58 Guinea-Bissau 2.02% 2012
Former French colonies average (profile) 2.01% 2008
59 Chad 1.99% 2011
Eastern Europe average (profile) 1.98% 2012
60 Kenya 1.96% 2012
61 Uruguay 1.95% 2012
62 Lesotho 1.94% 2012
63 Poland 1.91% 2012
64 Burma 1.91% 2004
65 Montenegro 1.89% 2012
66 Estonia 1.88% 2012
Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile) 1.87% 2005
Non-religious countries average (profile) 1.81% 2012
67 Democratic Republic of the Congo 1.79% 2012
68 Portugal 1.78% 2012
Emerging markets average (profile) 1.73% 2012
69 Australia 1.71% 2012
70 Croatia 1.7% 2012
71 Italy 1.69% 2012
72 Egypt 1.68% 2012
73 Paraguay 1.66% 2012
74 Cote d'Ivoire 1.65% 2012
75 European Union 1.65% 2012
High income OECD countries average (profile) 1.64% 2012
Europe average (profile) 1.63% 2012
76 Togo 1.6% 2011
77 Tunisia 1.55% 2012
78 Zambia 1.55% 2012
79 Cambodia 1.55% 2012
80 Senegal 1.54% 2010
81 Malaysia 1.54% 2012
Potential Future EU Members average (profile) 1.53% 2012
Former Spanish colonies average (profile) 1.5% 2010
82 Qatar 1.5% 2010
83 Finland 1.48% 2012
84 Thailand 1.47% 2012
85 Brazil 1.47% 2012
86 Bolivia 1.47% 2012
87 Bulgaria 1.46% 2012
88 Fiji 1.46% 2012
89 Albania 1.46% 2012
90 Uganda 1.45% 2012
91 Mali 1.44% 2012
NATO countries average (profile) 1.42% 2012
92 Denmark 1.41% 2012
93 Nepal 1.4% 2011
94 Cameroon 1.4% 2012
95 Norway 1.4% 2012
96 Burkina Faso 1.39% 2012
97 Republic of Macedonia 1.38% 2012
European Union average (profile) 1.37% 2012
98 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.37% 2012
99 Gabon 1.36% 2012
100 Bangladesh 1.35% 2012
Eurozone average (profile) 1.34% 2012
101 Germany 1.34% 2012
102 Trinidad and Tobago 1.31% 2009
103 Romania 1.29% 2012
104 Netherlands 1.28% 2012
105 Peru 1.25% 2012
106 Canada 1.24% 2012
107 Belarus 1.2% 2012
108 Kazakhstan 1.2% 2012
109 Philippines 1.19% 2012
110 Sweden 1.19% 2012
111 Libya 1.18% 2008
112 Slovenia 1.18% 2012
113 South Africa 1.16% 2012
114 Tanzania 1.13% 2012
115 Czech Republic 1.13% 2012
116 New Zealand 1.13% 2012
117 Rwanda 1.12% 2012
118 Slovakia 1.12% 2012
119 Mongolia 1.12% 2012
120 Republic of the Congo 1.11% 2010
121 Guyana 1.09% 2012
122 Belgium 1.05% 2012
123 Honduras 1.05% 2012
124 Venezuela 1.05% 2012
125 Benin 1.03% 2012
126 Niger 1.03% 2012
127 Japan 0.994% 2012
128 El Salvador 0.993% 2012
129 Panama 0.978% 1999
130 Lithuania 0.966% 2012
131 Belize 0.947% 2012
132 Malawi 0.931% 2012
133 Latvia 0.921% 2012
134 Ethiopia 0.916% 2012
135 Argentina 0.91% 2012
136 Mozambique 0.889% 2010
137 Nigeria 0.886% 2012
138 Spain 0.872% 2012
139 Jamaica 0.863% 2012
140 Hungary 0.833% 2012
141 Liberia 0.833% 2012
142 Austria 0.819% 2012
143 Seychelles 0.815% 2012
144 Indonesia 0.782% 2012
145 Switzerland 0.765% 2012
146 Sierra Leone 0.72% 2012
147 Madagascar 0.69% 2012
148 Nicaragua 0.626% 2012
149 Luxembourg 0.617% 2012
150 Dominican Republic 0.615% 2012
151 Malta 0.608% 2012
152 Mexico 0.593% 2012
153 The Gambia 0.569% 2007
154 Ireland 0.55% 2012
155 Uzbekistan 0.539% 2003
156 Papua New Guinea 0.537% 2012
157 Cape Verde 0.519% 2011
158 Guatemala 0.421% 2012
159 Moldova 0.301% 2012
160 Ghana 0.268% 2012
161 Laos 0.226% 2011
162 Mauritius 0.194% 2012
163 Iceland 0.128% 2012
164 Haiti 0.0921% 1995

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"Countries Compared by Economy > Innovation > Military expenditure > % of GDP. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Yearbook: Armaments, Disarmament and International Security. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Economy/Innovation/Military-expenditure/%-of-GDP

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