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Military spending, percent of GDP, 2022:

The average for 2022 based on 12 countries was 1.07 percent. The highest value was in the USA: 3.45 percent and the lowest value was in Haiti: 0.07 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
USA 3.45 1 1960 - 2022
Honduras 1.53 2 1960 - 2022
El Salvador 1.32 3 1965 - 2022
Jamaica 1.31 4 1976 - 2022
Canada 1.24 5 1960 - 2022
Belize 0.86 6 1981 - 2022
Domin. Rep. 0.72 7 1960 - 2022
Tr.&Tobago 0.72 8 1968 - 2022
Mexico 0.61 9 1960 - 2022
Nicaragua 0.53 10 1968 - 2022
Guatemala 0.46 11 1960 - 2022
Haiti 0.07 12 1988 - 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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