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Military spending, percent of GDP, 2022:

The average for 2022 based on 32 countries was 2.6 percent. The highest value was in Saudi Arabia: 7.42 percent and the lowest value was in Kazakhstan: 0.51 percent. The indicator is available from 1960 to 2022. Below is a chart for all countries where data are available.

Measure: percent; Source: Stockholm International Peace Research Institute
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Countries Military spending, percent of GDP, 2022 Global rank Available data
Saudi Arabia 7.42 1 1963 - 2022
Qatar 6.96 2 1980 - 2022
Oman 5.17 3 1971 - 2022
Jordan 4.84 4 1960 - 2022
Azerbaijan 4.55 5 1992 - 2022
Kuwait 4.53 6 1970 - 2022
Israel 4.51 7 1960 - 2022
Armenia 4.32 8 1992 - 2022
Bahrain 3.17 9 1975 - 2022
Burma 3.05 10 1961 - 2022
Singapore 2.77 11 1970 - 2022
South Korea 2.72 12 1960 - 2022
Pakistan 2.63 13 1960 - 2022
Iran 2.59 14 1960 - 2022
India 2.43 15 1960 - 2022
Brunei 2.37 16 1984 - 2022
Cambodia 2.1 17 1986 - 2022
Iraq 1.67 18 1960 - 2022
China 1.6 19 1989 - 2022
Kyrgyzstan 1.48 20 1992 - 2022
Georgia 1.43 21 1996 - 2022
Sri Lanka 1.43 22 1960 - 2022
Thailand 1.16 23 1960 - 2022
Nepal 1.14 24 1970 - 2022
Bangladesh 1.13 25 1973 - 2022
Japan 1.08 26 1960 - 2022
Tajikistan 1.02 27 1992 - 2022
Philippines 1 28 1960 - 2022
Malaysia 0.96 29 1960 - 2022
Indonesia 0.7 30 1974 - 2022
Mongolia 0.6 31 1987 - 2022
Kazakhstan 0.51 32 1993 - 2022



Definition: Military spending includes expenditure on peacekeeping, defense ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities. Also: military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions; operations and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid. Defense and current expenditure for past military activities, such as for veterans' benefits, demobilization, conversion, and weapon destruction, are not included.
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