Military Expenditure (As % of GDP) fell to 4.12% in Bahrain in 2017

Military Expenditure (As % of GDP) (%)
Military & Defense | Bahrain | December 26, 2018
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Military expenditure as a share of GDP reached 4.12 % in 2017 in Bahrain, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 12.7 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, military expenditure as a share of GDP in Bahrain reached an all time high of 8.54 % in 1982 and an all time low of 1.53 % in 1975. When compared to Bahrain's main peers, military expenditure as a share of GDP in Iran amounted to 3.10 %, 5.75 % in Kuwait and 10.3 % in Saudi Arabia in 2017.

Bahrain has been ranked 10th within the group of 146 countries we follow in terms of military expenditure as a share of GDP, 16 places above the position seen 10 years ago.

Military expenditure is derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditure on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces, defence ministries and other government agencies engaged in defence projects, paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations, and military space activities.

Military Expenditure (As % of GDP) Unit 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Bahrain % 3.59% 3.84% 4.14% 4.42% 4.63%
Iran % 2.39% 2.71% 2.18% 2.24% 2.63%
Iraq % 2.30% 1.90% 3.32% 2.95% 5.35%
Jordan % 5.53% 4.76% 4.30% 4.32% 4.30%
Kuwait % 3.50% 3.41% 3.27% 3.59% 5.03%
Pakistan % 3.13% 3.29% 3.27% 3.32% 3.41%
Qatar % ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Saudi Arabia % 7.25% 7.70% 9.00% 10.7% 13.5%
Turkmenistan % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
United Arab Emirates % 5.47% 5.08% 6.03% 5.64% ... ... ...
Yemen % 5.19% 5.05% 4.75% 5.04% ... ... ...