Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) rose to 9.40% in Iraq in 2017

Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) (%)
Military & Defense | Iraq | February 1, 2019
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Military expenditures as a share of government expenditure reached 9.40 % in 2017 in Iraq, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 12 % more than in the previous year.

Historically, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Iraq reached an all time high of 12.6 % in 2015 and an all time low of 1.83 % in 2004. When compared to Iraq's main peers, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Iran amounted to 15.8 %, 11.3 % in Kuwait and 30.4 % in Saudi Arabia in 2017.

Iraq has been ranked 28th within the group of 145 countries we follow in terms of military expenditures as a share of government expenditure, 56 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
Bahrain % 12.9% 12.0% 12.1% 15.6% 12.7%
Iran % 13.0% 19.3% 15.6% 14.8% 15.4%
Iraq % 5.31% 4.43% 6.91% 6.78% 12.6%
Jordan % 16.6% 14.9% 12.1% 11.4% 14.8%
Kuwait % 8.96% 8.80% 8.58% 8.10% 9.20%
Lebanon % 14.1% 13.2% 14.3% 16.4% 16.8%
Pakistan % 17.0% 16.1% 15.9% 17.3% 18.0%
Saudi Arabia % 21.7% 23.1% 25.3% 26.6% 32.7%
Syria % ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Turkey % 6.22% 5.97% 5.73% 5.72% 5.53%
Turkmenistan % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
United Arab Emirates % 17.5% 17.4% 19.9% 17.0% ... ... ...
Yemen % 16.5% 12.6% 13.2% 14.3% ... ... ...