Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) fell to 1.73% in Liberia in 2017

Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) (%)
Military & Defense | Liberia | February 1, 2019
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Military expenditures as a share of government expenditure reached 1.73 % in 2017 in Liberia, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 10.7 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Liberia reached an all time high of 14.6 % in 1982 and an all time low of 1.22 % in 2008. When compared to Liberia's main peers, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Ghana amounted to 1.74 %, 9.90 % in Guinea, 5.15 % in Ivory Coast and 3.36 % in Sierra Leone in 2017.

Liberia has been ranked 132nd within the group of 145 countries we follow in terms of military expenditures as a share of government expenditure, 1 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 Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) Unit 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Benin % ... ... ... 4.93% 4.61% 4.93% 4.40%
Burkina Faso % 5.87% 5.19% 4.89% 6.08% 6.14%
Ghana % 2.23% 2.70% 1.86% 2.31% 2.11%
Guinea % ... ... ... 11.4% 12.6% 11.1% 11.6%
Ivory Coast % 7.63% 6.82% 6.27% 7.02% 7.54%
Liberia % 2.97% 2.89% 2.35% 2.25% 1.71%
Mali % 6.04% 7.70% 5.88% 7.60% 11.3%
Senegal % 5.56% 4.85% 5.67% 5.25% 5.26%
Sierra Leone % 4.03% 3.85% 4.11% 5.52% 4.45%
Togo % 5.99% 6.09% 6.29% 6.61% 5.46%