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Military spending, percent of GDP, 2022:

The average for 2022 based on 12 countries was 4.05 percent. The highest value was in Saudi Arabia: 7.42 percent and the lowest value was in Egypt: 1.06 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
Algeria 4.78 5 1963 - 2022
Kuwait 4.53 6 1970 - 2022
Morocco 3.9 7 1960 - 2022
Bahrain 3.17 8 1975 - 2022
Iran 2.59 9 1960 - 2022
Tunisia 2.48 10 1960 - 2022
Iraq 1.67 11 1960 - 2022
Egypt 1.06 12 1962 - 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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