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Military > Expenditures > Dollar figure: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, Staff Editor

In the fiscal year 1999, the United States spent about as much on its military as the next nine countries combined in the latest years for which figures are available. China, the second-biggest spender, spent only about 20 percent of the United States expenditures.

However, Russia and China both have more armed forces personnel than the United States. China has 2,810,000 people in its armed forces and Russia has 1,520,000. The United States is third, with 1,366,000 armed forces personnel. India is fourth, with 1,303,000 people. No other country has more than a million.

There are 19.67 million people in the armed forces worldwide. Total military spending in the top 170 countries is $741.16 billion.

United States armed forces personnel represent about 7 percent of the total worldwide, but the U.S. expenditures are 37 percent of the total.

DEFINITION: Current military expenditures in US dollars; the figure is calculated by multiplying the estimated defense spending in percentage terms by the gross domestic product (GDP) calculated on an exchange rate basis not purchasing power parity (PPP) terms. Dollar figures for military expenditures should be treated with caution because of different price patterns and accounting methods among nations, as well as wide variations in the strength of their currencies.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH HISTORY
1 China $67.49 billion 2004
2 Japan $45.84 billion 2004
3 France $45.24 billion 2003
4 United Kingdom $42.84 billion 2003
5 Germany $35.06 billion 2003
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) $33.94 billion 2003
6 Italy $28.18 billion 2003
7 Saudi Arabia $18.00 billion 2002
8 Australia $16.65 billion 2004
9 South Korea $14.52 billion 2003
10 India $14.02 billion 2003
11 Turkey $12.15 billion 2003
12 Brazil $11.00 billion 2004
13 Spain $9.91 billion 2003
14 Canada $9.80 billion 2003
15 Netherlands $9.41 billion 2004
16 Israel $9.11 billion 2003
17 Taiwan $7.57 billion 2003
18 Mexico $6.04 billion 2004
19 Greece $5.89 billion 2004
20 Sweden $5.73 billion 2004
21 North Korea $5.22 billion 2002
=22 Argentina $4.30 billion 1999
=22 Iran $4.30 billion 2003
24 Norway $4.03 billion 2003
25 Belgium $4.00 billion 2003
26 Pakistan $3.85 billion 2004
27 Poland $3.50 billion 2002
28 Portugal $3.50 billion 2003
29 Chile $3.42 billion 2004
30 Colombia $3.30 billion 2001
31 Denmark $3.27 billion 2003
32 South Africa $3.17 billion 2004
33 Kuwait $2.58 billion 2004
34 Switzerland $2.55 billion 2001
35 Algeria $2.48 billion 2004
36 Egypt $2.44 billion 2003
37 Morocco $2.31 billion 2003
38 Czech Republic $2.17 billion 2004
39 Finland $1.80 billion 1998
40 Malaysia $1.69 billion 2000
41 Venezuela $1.69 billion 2004
42 United Arab Emirates $1.60 billion 2000
43 Austria $1.50 billion 2001
44 Jordan $1.46 billion 2004
=45 Indonesia $1.30 billion 2004
=45 Libya $1.30 billion 1999
=45 Iraq $1.30 billion 2000
South Asia average (profile) $1.26 billion 2004
48 Hungary $1.08 billion 2002
49 Bangladesh $995.30 million 2004
50 Romania $985.00 million 2002
51 Yemen $885.50 million 2003
52 Syria $858.00 million 2000
53 Peru $829.30 million 2003
54 Philippines $805.50 million 2004
55 Ireland $700.00 million 2000
56 Ecuador $655.00 million 2004
57 Serbia and Montenegro $654.00 million 2002
58 Vietnam $650.00 million 1998
59 Bahrain $628.90 million 2004
60 Croatia $620.00 million 2004
61 Ukraine $617.90 million 2002
62 Sudan $587.00 million 2001
63 Cuba $572.30 million 2003
64 Nigeria $544.60 million 2004
65 Lebanon $540.60 million 2002
66 Sri Lanka $514.80 million 2004
67 Slovakia $406.00 million 2002
68 Cyprus $384.00 million 2002
69 Slovenia $370.00 million 2000
=70 Bulgaria $356.00 million 2002
=70 Tunisia $356.00 million 1999
72 Botswana $338.50 million 2004
73 Ethiopia $337.10 million 2004
74 Brunei $290.70 million 2004
75 Uruguay $257.50 million 2004
76 Oman $252.99 million 2004
77 Bosnia and Herzegovina $234.30 million 2002
78 Luxembourg $231.60 million 2003
79 Lithuania $230.80 million 2001
80 Kazakhstan $221.80 million 2002
81 Cameroon $221.10 million 2004
82 Zimbabwe $217.00 million 2004
83 Guatemala $201.90 million 2004
84 Afghanistan $188.40 million 2004
85 Gabon $184.80 million 2004
86 Angola $183.58 million 2004
87 Cote d'Ivoire $180.20 million 2004
88 Dominican Republic $180.00 million 1998
89 Kenya $177.10 million 2004
90 Belarus $176.10 million 2002
91 Uganda $170.30 million 2004
92 Namibia $168.40 million 2004
Sub-Saharan Africa average (profile) $165.21 million 2004
93 El Salvador $157.00 million 2003
94 Estonia $155.00 million 2002
95 Eritrea $151.00 million 2004
96 Panama $147.00 million 2004
97 Armenia $135.00 million 2001
98 Bolivia $132.20 million 2004
99 Congo, Republic of the $126.50 million 2004
100 Equatorial Guinea $126.20 million 2004
101 Azerbaijan $121.00 million 1999
102 Mozambique $117.30 million 2004
103 Cambodia $112.00 million 2001
104 Senegal $107.30 million 2004
105 Zambia $106.80 million 2004
106 Chad $101.30 million 2004
107 Honduras $100.60 million 2004
108 Nepal $99.20 million 2004
109 Benin $96.50 million 2004
110 Democratic Republic of the Congo $93.50 million 2004
111 Turkmenistan $90.00 million 1999
112 Latvia $87.00 million 2001
113 Trinidad and Tobago $66.70 million 2003
=114 Burkina Faso $64.20 million 2004
=114 Costa Rica $64.20 million 2004
116 Guinea $56.70 million 2004
117 Albania $56.50 million 2002
118 Paraguay $53.10 million 2004
119 Rwanda $50.10 million 2004
120 Ghana $49.20 million 2004
121 Madagascar $44.60 million 2004
122 Maldives $41.10 million 2004
123 Swaziland $40.50 million 2004
124 Burundi $38.70 million 2004
125 Fiji $36.00 million 2004
126 Togo $35.50 million 2004
127 Tajikistan $35.40 million 2001
128 Niger $33.30 million 2004
129 Nicaragua $32.80 million 2004
130 Lesotho $32.30 million 2004
131 Jamaica $31.20 million 2003
132 Malta $31.10 million 2004
133 Djibouti $28.60 million 2004
134 Haiti $26.00 million 2003
135 Mongolia $23.10 million 2002
136 Georgia $23.00 million 2000
137 Mali $22.40 million 2004
138 Mauritania $20.80 million 2004
139 Tanzania $20.60 million 2004
140 Kyrgyzstan $19.20 million 2001
141 Somalia $18.90 million 2003
142 Belize $18.00 million 2003
143 Papua New Guinea $16.90 million 2003
144 Central African Republic $15.50 million 2004
145 Cape Verde $14.10 million 2004
146 Bhutan $13.70 million 2004
147 Sierra Leone $13.20 million 2004
148 Mauritius $12.50 million 2004
149 Seychelles $12.30 million 2004
150 Comoros $11.60 million 2004
151 Malawi $11.10 million 2004
152 Laos $10.70 million 2004
153 Guinea-Bissau $8.90 million 2004
154 Moldova $8.70 million 2004
155 Suriname $7.50 million 2003
156 Guyana $6.50 million 2003
157 Bermuda $4.03 million 2002
158 Liberia $1.50 million 2004
159 The Gambia $1,000,000.00 2004
=160 Sao Tome and Principe $700,000.00 2004
=160 San Marino $700,000.00 2000
162 Iceland 0.0 2003

Citation

"Countries Compared by Military > Expenditures > Dollar figure. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Military/Expenditures/Dollar-figure

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Interesting observations about Military > Expenditures > Dollar figure

South Africa ranked first for expenditures > dollar figure amongst Sub-Saharan Africa in 2004.
Saudi Arabia ranked first for expenditures > dollar figure amongst Hot countries in 2002.
France ranked first for expenditures > dollar figure amongst Christian countries in 2003.
China ranked first for expenditures > dollar figure globally in 2004.
Australia ranked first for expenditures > dollar figure amongst Former British colonies in 2004.
Mexico ranked first for expenditures > dollar figure amongst Former Spanish colonies in 2004.
Switzerland ranked first for expenditures > dollar figure amongst Landlocked countries in 2001.
Turkey ranked second for expenditures > dollar figure amongst Muslim countries in 2003.
Algeria ranked first for expenditures > dollar figure amongst Former French colonies in 2004.
All of the top 2 countries by expenditures > dollar figure are East Asian and Pacific.
Pakistan ranked first for expenditures > dollar figure amongst Failed states in 2004.

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In the fiscal year 1999, the United States spent about as much on its military as the next nine countries combined in the latest years for which figures are available. China, the second-biggest spender, spent only about 20 percent of the United States expenditures.

However, Russia and China both have more armed forces personnel than the United States. China has 2,810,000 people in its armed forces and Russia has 1,520,000. The United States is third, with 1,366,000 armed forces personnel. India is fourth, with 1,303,000 people. No other country has more than a million.

There are 19.67 million people in the armed forces worldwide. Total military spending in the top 170 countries is $741.16 billion.

United States armed forces personnel represent about 7 percent of the total worldwide, but the U.S. expenditures are 37 percent of the total.

Posted on 01 Mar 2005

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

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Hi Hans -- you're right, and we'll change this. The latest figure available in a published report (the US census for 2004, not newspaper and other reports) shows that the US military expenditure in 2003 was close to USD 400 billion. See: http://www.census.gov/prod/2004pubs/04statab/defense.pdf.

Posted on 06 Mar 2005

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

Suchita Vemuri, Staff Editor

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