Military Spending by Country 2023

MILITARISM, 6 Feb 2023

World Population Review - TRANSCEND Media Service

A nation’s military is a crucial asset. The military enforces domestic and foreign policies and protects its citizens. National security is regarded as a government duty, including the security of citizens, the economy, and the country’s institutions. National security is crucial and requires large budgets to build and maintain. These expenses are typically referred to as military spending and/or defense spending. In 2020, the total world military expenditure was about $1.981 trillion. Military size varies significantly by country, typically correlating with each country’s size and military needs.

China, India, and the United States, unsurprisingly, have the largest militaries. A majority of the world’s nations have militaries, and only 36 nations do not have a military. Many nations have mandatory military service. The United States has the highest military spending of any nation. Its military spending includes all of the Department of Defense’s regular activities, war spending, the nuclear weapon program, international military assistance, and other Pentagon-related spending. In 2020, the U.S. spent $778 billion on military spending, more than the next nine top-spending countries combined.

Top 10 Countries with the Highest Military Expenditures (2020):

  1. The United States — $778 billion
  2. China — $252 billion [estimated]
  3. India — $72.9 billion
  4. Russia — $61.7 billion
  5. United Kingdom — $59.2 billion
  6. Saudi Arabia — $57.5 billion [estimated]
  7. Germany — $52.8 billion
  8. France — $52.7 billion
  9. Japan — $49.1 billion
  10. South Korea — $45.7 billion

As mentioned previously, the United States spends more on its military than any other nation. The country’s $778 billion military expenditure is among the expensive government programs, along with Social Security and Medicare. The U.S. has the third-largest military with 1.367 million members on active duty and another 1.037 million in the National Guard and reserves. Following the United States is China, spending $252 billion and India, spending $72.9 billion

Military Spending by Country 2023

2023 Population
United States $750.00 Bn 339,996,563
China $237.00 Bn 1,425,671,352
Saudi Arabia $67.60 Bn 36,947,025
India $61.00 Bn 1,428,627,663
United Kingdom $55.10 Bn 67,736,802
Germany $50.00 Bn 83,294,633
Japan $49.00 Bn 123,294,513
Russia $48.00 Bn 144,444,359
South Korea $44.00 Bn 51,784,059
France $41.50 Bn 64,756,584
Brazil $27.80 Bn 216,422,446
Italy $27.80 Bn 58,870,762
Australia $26.30 Bn 26,439,111
United Arab Emirates $22.75 Bn 9,516,871
Canada $22.50 Bn 38,781,291
Israel $20.00 Bn 9,174,520
Iran $19.60 Bn 89,172,767
Turkey $19.00 Bn 85,816,199
Spain $15.10 Bn 47,519,628
Algeria $13.00 Bn 45,606,480
Netherlands $12.42 Bn 17,618,299
Afghanistan $12.00 Bn 42,239,854
Poland $12.00 Bn 41,026,067
Pakistan $11.40 Bn 240,485,658
Egypt $11.20 Bn 112,716,598
Singapore $11.20 Bn 6,014,723
Taiwan $10.72 Bn 23,923,276
Colombia $10.60 Bn 52,085,168
Morocco $10.00 Bn 37,840,044
Oman $8.69 Bn 4,644,384
Indonesia $7.60 Bn 277,534,122
Norway $7.18 Bn 5,474,360
Thailand $7.10 Bn 71,801,279
Mexico $7.00 Bn 128,455,567
Angola $7.00 Bn 36,684,202
Kuwait $6.83 Bn 4,310,108
Sweden $6.33 Bn 10,612,086
Qatar $6.00 Bn 2,716,391
Vietnam $5.50 Bn 98,858,950
Ukraine $5.40 Bn 36,744,634
Romania $5.05 Bn 19,892,812
Switzerland $5.00 Bn 8,796,669
Uruguay $4.95 Bn 3,423,108
Belgium $4.92 Bn 11,686,140
Greece $4.84 Bn 10,341,277
Denmark $4.76 Bn 5,910,913
New Zealand $4.30 Bn 5,228,100
South Africa $4.28 Bn 60,414,495
Chile $4.25 Bn 19,629,590
Argentina $4.20 Bn 45,773,884
Malaysia $4.00 Bn 34,308,525
Kazakhstan $4.00 Bn 19,606,633
Bangladesh $3.80 Bn 172,954,319
Finland $3.57 Bn 5,545,475
Philippines $3.47 Bn 117,337,368
Austria $3.38 Bn 8,958,960
Portugal $3.36 Bn 10,247,605
Libya $3.00 Bn 6,888,388
Czech Republic $2.97 Bn 10,495,295
Azerbaijan $2.81 Bn 10,412,651
Myanmar $2.65 Bn 54,577,997
Jordan $2.60 Bn 11,337,052
Peru $2.56 Bn 34,352,719
Sri Lanka $2.50 Bn 21,893,579
Ecuador $2.50 Bn 18,190,484
Lebanon $2.50 Bn 5,353,930
Sudan $2.47 Bn 48,109,006
Nigeria $2.15 Bn 223,804,632
Slovakia $2.12 Bn 5,795,199
Hungary $2.08 Bn 10,156,239
Syria $1.80 Bn 23,227,014
Iraq $1.73 Bn 45,504,560
North Korea $1.60 Bn 26,160,821
Tajikistan $1.60 Bn 10,143,543
Bahrain $1.42 Bn 1,485,509
Yemen $1.40 Bn 34,449,825
Armenia $1.39 Bn 2,777,970
Lithuania $1.11 Bn 2,718,352
Bulgaria $1.08 Bn 6,687,717
Uzbekistan $975.00 Mn 35,163,944
Uganda $935.00 Mn 48,582,334
Serbia $907.00 Mn 7,149,077
Ireland $870.00 Mn 5,056,935
Croatia $800.00 Mn 4,008,617
Dominican Republic $760.00 Mn 11,332,972
Venezuela $745.00 Mn 28,838,499
Latvia $724.00 Mn 1,830,211
Republic Of The Congo $715.00 Mn 6,106,869
Ghana $710.00 Mn 34,121,985
Estonia $685.00 Mn 1,322,765
Bolivia $660.00 Mn 12,388,571
Cambodia $604.00 Mn 16,944,826
Slovenia $581.00 Mn 2,119,675
Ivory Coast $550.00 Mn 28,873,034
Tunisia $550.00 Mn 12,458,223
Namibia $505.00 Mn 2,604,172
Cuba $500.00 Mn 11,194,449
Panama $500.00 Mn 4,468,087
Botswana $450.00 Mn 2,675,352
Ethiopia $350.00 Mn 126,527,060
Cameroon $347.00 Mn 28,647,293
Georgia $327.00 Mn 3,728,282
Paraguay $250.00 Mn 6,861,524
Albania $250.00 Mn 2,832,439
Mozambique $245.00 Mn 33,897,354
Guatemala $240.00 Mn 18,092,026
Tanzania $223.00 Mn 67,438,106
Nepal $213.00 Mn 30,896,590
Honduras $205.00 Mn 10,593,798
Chad $200.00 Mn 18,278,568
Turkmenistan $200.00 Mn 6,516,100
El Salvador $167.00 Mn 6,364,943
Bosnia And Herzegovina $165.00 Mn 3,210,847
Mongolia $155.00 Mn 3,447,157
Nicaragua $140.00 Mn 7,046,310
Burkina Faso $130.00 Mn 23,251,485
Kenya $121.00 Mn 55,100,586
Madagascar $115.00 Mn 30,325,732
North Macedonia $108.15 Mn 2,085,679
Dr Congo $100.00 Mn 102,262,808
Zimbabwe $100.00 Mn 16,665,409
Gabon $83.00 Mn 2,436,566
South Sudan $80.00 Mn 11,088,796
Sierra Leone $75.50 Mn 8,791,092
Mali $70.00 Mn 23,293,698
Montenegro $65.00 Mn 626,485
Suriname $63.00 Mn 623,236
Somalia $62.20 Mn 18,143,378
Mauritania $50.25 Mn 4,862,989
Zambia $40.00 Mn 20,569,737
Moldova $30.00 Mn 3,435,931
Bhutan $25.12 Mn 787,424
Kyrgyzstan $20.00 Mn 6,735,347
Central African Republic $20.00 Mn 5,742,315
Laos $18.50 Mn 7,633,779
Liberia $13.00 Mn 5,418,377
Belarus $623.70 9,498,238

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