Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) rose to 4.48% in Latvia in 2017

Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) (%)
Military & Defense | Latvia | February 1, 2019
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Military expenditures as a share of government expenditure reached 4.48 % in 2017 in Latvia, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 11.8 % more than in the previous year.

Historically, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Latvia reached an all time high of 5.06 % in 2006 and an all time low of 1.26 % in 1997. When compared to Latvia's main peers, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Belarus amounted to 25.3 %, 5.15 % in Estonia and 5.03 % in Lithuania in 2017.

Latvia has been ranked 80th within the group of 145 countries we follow in terms of military expenditures as a share of government expenditure, 6 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
Belarus % 30.4% 32.0% 31.5% 33.0% 29.5%
China % 6.79% 6.55% 6.54% 6.58% 6.09%
Estonia % 4.49% 4.82% 4.96% 5.08% 5.11%
Finland % 2.75% 2.73% 2.68% 2.52% 2.57%
Germany % 2.87% 2.96% 2.74% 2.68% 2.69%
Japan % 2.54% 2.50% 2.45% 2.54% 2.62%
Latvia % 2.69% 2.45% 2.52% 2.50% 2.77%
Lithuania % 1.91% 2.18% 2.20% 2.59% 3.31%
Poland % 4.08% 4.19% 4.15% 4.49% 5.15%
Russia % 14.7% 15.2% 15.7% 15.5% 15.9% ... ...
USA % 11.8% 11.4% 10.6% 9.85% 9.35%
Ukraine % 4.94% 4.81% 4.97% 6.75% 9.23%