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Military > Expenditures > Dollar figure: Countries Compared

Author: Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham <br>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 ChinaChina $67.49 billion 2004
2 JapanJapan $45.84 billion 2004
3 FranceFrance $45.24 billion 2003
4 United KingdomUnited Kingdom $42.84 billion 2003
5 GermanyGermany $35.06 billion 2003
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average $33.94 billion 2003
6 ItalyItaly $28.18 billion 2003
7 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia $18 billion 2002
8 AustraliaAustralia $16.65 billion 2004
9 South KoreaSouth Korea $14.52 billion 2003
10 IndiaIndia $14.02 billion 2003
11 TurkeyTurkey $12.15 billion 2003
12 BrazilBrazil $11 billion 2004
13 SpainSpain $9.91 billion 2003
14 CanadaCanada $9.8 billion 2003
15 NetherlandsNetherlands $9.41 billion 2004
16 IsraelIsrael $9.11 billion 2003
17 TaiwanTaiwan $7.57 billion 2003
18 MexicoMexico $6.04 billion 2004
19 GreeceGreece $5.89 billion 2004
20 SwedenSweden $5.73 billion 2004
21 North KoreaNorth Korea $5.22 billion 2002
22 ArgentinaArgentina $4.3 billion 1999
23 IranIran $4.3 billion 2003
24 NorwayNorway $4.03 billion 2003
25 BelgiumBelgium $4 billion 2003
26 PakistanPakistan $3.85 billion 2004
27 PolandPoland $3.5 billion 2002
28 PortugalPortugal $3.5 billion 2003
29 ChileChile $3.42 billion 2004
30 ColombiaColombia $3.3 billion 2001
31 DenmarkDenmark $3.27 billion 2003
32 South AfricaSouth Africa $3.17 billion 2004
33 KuwaitKuwait $2.58 billion 2004
34 SwitzerlandSwitzerland $2.55 billion 2001
35 AlgeriaAlgeria $2.48 billion 2004
36 EgyptEgypt $2.44 billion 2003
37 MoroccoMorocco $2.31 billion 2003
38 Czech RepublicCzech Republic $2.17 billion 2004
39 FinlandFinland $1.8 billion 1998
40 MalaysiaMalaysia $1.69 billion 2000
41 VenezuelaVenezuela $1.69 billion 2004
42 United Arab EmiratesUAE $1.6 billion 2000
43 AustriaAustria $1.5 billion 2001
44 JordanJordan $1.46 billion 2004
45 IndonesiaIndonesia $1.3 billion 2004
46 LibyaLibya $1.3 billion 1999
47 IraqIraq $1.3 billion 2000
South Asia averageSouth Asia average $1.26 billion 2004
48 HungaryHungary $1.08 billion 2002
49 BangladeshBangladesh $995.3 million 2004
50 RomaniaRomania $985 million 2002
51 YemenYemen $885.5 million 2003
52 SyriaSyria $858 million 2000
53 PeruPeru $829.3 million 2003
54 PhilippinesPhilippines $805.5 million 2004
55 IrelandIreland $700 million 2000
56 EcuadorEcuador $655 million 2004
57 Serbia and MontenegroSerbia+ $654 million 2002
58 VietnamVietnam $650 million 1998
59 BahrainBahrain $628.9 million 2004
60 CroatiaCroatia $620 million 2004
61 UkraineUkraine $617.9 million 2002
62 SudanSudan $587 million 2001
63 CubaCuba $572.3 million 2003
64 NigeriaNigeria $544.6 million 2004
65 LebanonLebanon $540.6 million 2002
66 Sri LankaSri Lanka $514.8 million 2004
67 SlovakiaSlovakia $406 million 2002
68 CyprusCyprus $384 million 2002
69 SloveniaSlovenia $370 million 2000
70 BulgariaBulgaria $356 million 2002
71 TunisiaTunisia $356 million 1999
72 BotswanaBotswana $338.5 million 2004
73 EthiopiaEthiopia $337.1 million 2004
74 BruneiBrunei $290.7 million 2004
75 UruguayUruguay $257.5 million 2004
76 OmanOman $252.99 million 2004
77 Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia+ $234.3 million 2002
78 LuxembourgLuxembourg $231.6 million 2003
79 LithuaniaLithuania $230.8 million 2001
80 KazakhstanKazakhstan $221.8 million 2002
81 CameroonCameroon $221.1 million 2004
82 ZimbabweZimbabwe $217 million 2004
83 GuatemalaGuatemala $201.9 million 2004
84 AfghanistanAfghanistan $188.4 million 2004
85 GabonGabon $184.8 million 2004
86 AngolaAngola $183.58 million 2004
87 Cote d'IvoireCote d'Ivoire $180.2 million 2004
88 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. $180 million 1998
89 KenyaKenya $177.1 million 2004
90 BelarusBelarus $176.1 million 2002
91 UgandaUganda $170.3 million 2004
92 NamibiaNamibia $168.4 million 2004
Sub-Saharan Africa averageSub-Saharan Africa average $165.21 million 2004
93 El SalvadorEl Salvador $157 million 2003
94 EstoniaEstonia $155 million 2002
95 EritreaEritrea $151 million 2004
96 PanamaPanama $147 million 2004
97 ArmeniaArmenia $135 million 2001
98 BoliviaBolivia $132.2 million 2004
99 Congo, Republic of theCongo, Republic of the $126.5 million 2004
100 Equatorial GuineaEqu. Guinea $126.2 million 2004
101 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan $121 million 1999
102 MozambiqueMozambique $117.3 million 2004
103 CambodiaCambodia $112 million 2001
104 SenegalSenegal $107.3 million 2004
105 ZambiaZambia $106.8 million 2004
106 ChadChad $101.3 million 2004
107 HondurasHonduras $100.6 million 2004
108 NepalNepal $99.2 million 2004
109 BeninBenin $96.5 million 2004
110 Democratic Republic of the CongoCongo, DR. $93.5 million 2004
111 TurkmenistanTurkmenistan $90 million 1999
112 LatviaLatvia $87 million 2001
113 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ $66.7 million 2003
114 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso $64.2 million 2004
115 Costa RicaCosta Rica $64.2 million 2004
116 GuineaGuinea $56.7 million 2004
117 AlbaniaAlbania $56.5 million 2002
118 ParaguayParaguay $53.1 million 2004
119 RwandaRwanda $50.1 million 2004
120 GhanaGhana $49.2 million 2004
121 MadagascarMadagascar $44.6 million 2004
122 MaldivesMaldives $41.1 million 2004
123 SwazilandSwaziland $40.5 million 2004
124 BurundiBurundi $38.7 million 2004
125 FijiFiji $36 million 2004
126 TogoTogo $35.5 million 2004
127 TajikistanTajikistan $35.4 million 2001
128 NigerNiger $33.3 million 2004
129 NicaraguaNicaragua $32.8 million 2004
130 LesothoLesotho $32.3 million 2004
131 JamaicaJamaica $31.2 million 2003
132 MaltaMalta $31.1 million 2004
133 DjiboutiDjibouti $28.6 million 2004
134 HaitiHaiti $26 million 2003
135 MongoliaMongolia $23.1 million 2002
136 GeorgiaGeorgia $23 million 2000
137 MaliMali $22.4 million 2004
138 MauritaniaMauritania $20.8 million 2004
139 TanzaniaTanzania $20.6 million 2004
140 KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan $19.2 million 2001
141 SomaliaSomalia $18.9 million 2003
142 BelizeBelize $18 million 2003
143 Papua New GuineaPapua NG $16.9 million 2003
144 Central African RepublicCentral Africa $15.5 million 2004
145 Cape VerdeCape Verde $14.1 million 2004
146 BhutanBhutan $13.7 million 2004
147 Sierra LeoneSierra Leone $13.2 million 2004
148 MauritiusMauritius $12.5 million 2004
149 SeychellesSeychelles $12.3 million 2004
150 ComorosComoros $11.6 million 2004
151 MalawiMalawi $11.1 million 2004
152 LaosLaos $10.7 million 2004
153 Guinea-BissauGuinea-Bissau $8.9 million 2004
154 MoldovaMoldova $8.7 million 2004
155 SurinameSuriname $7.5 million 2003
156 GuyanaGuyana $6.5 million 2003
157 BermudaBermuda $4.03 million 2002
158 LiberiaLiberia $1.5 million 2004
159 The GambiaThe Gambia $1,000,000 2004
160 Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ $700,000 2004
161 San MarinoSan Marino $700,000 2000
162 IcelandIceland 0.0 2003

Citation

"All countries compared for Military > Expenditures > Dollar figure", 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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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 <br>Staff Editor

Ian Graham <br>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<br>Staff Editor

Suchita Vemuri<br>Staff Editor

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