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List of countries by military expenditures

Updated: 2017-07-10T00:21Z

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Countries by military expenditures (% of their GDP) in 2014, based on data from the World Bank
Countries by military expenditures (absolute) in 2014, based on data from the World Bank

This article is a list of countries by military expenditure in a given year. Military expenditure figures are presented in United States dollars based on either constant or current exchange rates.[1] These results can vary greatly from one year to another based on fluctuations in the exchange rates of each country's currency. Such fluctuations may change a country's ranking from one year to the next.

The first list is based on the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) 2017 Fact Sheet, which includes a list on the world's top 15 military spenders in 2016, based on current market exchange rates.[1] The second list is based on the 2016 edition of "The Military Balance" published by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) using average market exchange rates.[2]


List by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
2017 Fact Sheet (for 2016)[1]
SIPRI Military Expenditure Database[3]
List by the International Institute for Strategic Studies
Top 15 Defence Budgets 2015
($ Bn.)
 % of GDP
World total1,6862.2
01United States United States611.23.3
02China China[a]215.71.9
03Russia Russia69.25.3
04Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia[a][b]63.710
05India India55.92.5
06France France55.72.3
07United Kingdom United Kingdom48.31.9
08Japan Japan46.11.0
09Germany Germany41.11.2
10South Korea South Korea36.82.7
11Italy Italy27.91.5
12Australia Australia24.32.0
13Brazil Brazil22.81.3
14United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates[c]22.85.7
15Israel Israel17.85.8
16Canada Canada15.51.0
17Spain Spain14.91.2
18Turkey Turkey14.92.0
19Iran Iran12.33.0
20Algeria Algeria10.66.7
21Singapore Singapore9.93.4
22Taiwan Republic of China9.91.9
23Pakistan Pakistan9.93.4
24Colombia Colombia9.93.4
25Poland Poland9.72.0
26Netherlands Netherlands9.21.2
27Oman Oman9.016.7
28Indonesia Indonesia7.70.9
29Mexico Mexico6.80.6
30Kuwait Kuwait6.36.5
($ Bn.)
01United States United States597.5
02China China145.8
03Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia81.9
04Russia Russia65.6
05United Kingdom United Kingdom56.2
06India India48.0
07France France46.8
08Japan Japan41.0
09Germany Germany36.7
10South Korea South Korea33.5
11Brazil Brazil24.3
12Australia Australia22.8
13Italy Italy21.6
14Iraq Iraq21.1
15Israel Israel18.6


  1. ^ a b SIPRI estimate.
  2. ^ The figures for Saudi Arabia include expenditure for public order and safety and might be slightly overestimated.
  3. ^ Data from 2014.

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