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Military spending, percent of GDP, 2022:

The average for 2022 based on 27 countries was 1.59 percent. The highest value was in Greece: 3.69 percent and the lowest value was in Ireland: 0.23 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
Greece 3.69 1 1960 - 2022
Lithuania 2.52 2 1993 - 2022
Poland 2.39 3 1980 - 2022
Croatia 2.17 4 1992 - 2022
Estonia 2.09 5 1993 - 2022
Latvia 2.05 6 1992 - 2022
France 1.94 7 1960 - 2022
Cyprus 1.81 8 1985 - 2022
Slovakia 1.76 9 1993 - 2022
Romania 1.73 10 1980 - 2022
Finland 1.72 11 1960 - 2022
Italy 1.68 12 1960 - 2022
Netherlands 1.58 13 1960 - 2022
Hungary 1.53 14 1970 - 2022
Bulgaria 1.51 15 1989 - 2022
Spain 1.47 16 1960 - 2022
Denmark 1.42 17 1960 - 2022
Germany 1.39 18 1960 - 2022
Czechia 1.36 19 1993 - 2022
Portugal 1.35 20 1960 - 2022
Sweden 1.31 21 1960 - 2022
Slovenia 1.19 22 1992 - 2022
Belgium 1.18 23 1960 - 2022
Austria 0.77 24 1960 - 2022
Luxembourg 0.7 25 1960 - 2022
Malta 0.5 26 1985 - 2022
Ireland 0.23 27 1960 - 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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