Who Spends the Most of Government Cost on Military?

Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) (%), 2017 or latest
Military & Defense | May 18, 2019
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Based on a comparison of 153 countries in 2017, Sudan ranked the highest in military expenditures as a share of government expenditure with 30.9% followed by Saudi Arabia and Oman. On the other end of the scale was Costa Rica with 0%, Panama with 0% and Haiti with 0.005%.

Average military expenditures as a share of government expenditure reached 6.08% in 2017 in the World according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 0.306 % more than in the previous year and -10.5 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average military expenditures as a share of government expenditure reached an all time high of 23.8% in 1972 and an all time low of 5.29% in 1995. The average annual growth amounted to -2.99 % since 1972.

Data for more countries are available at Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) indicator page.

Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) Unit 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Algeria % 10.8% 10.2% 13.4% 13.7% 13.7%
Armenia % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 15.4% 16.0% 16.8% 16.4% 16.1%
Belarus % 30.4% 32.0% 31.5% 33.0% 29.5%
Chad % 22.4% ... 24.5% 12.8% 11.9%
Congo % ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 5.28% 9.63% ...
Iran % 13.0% 19.3% 15.6% 14.8% 15.4%
Jordan % 16.6% 14.9% 12.1% 11.4% 14.8%
Lebanon % 14.1% 13.2% 14.3% 16.4% 16.8%
Mali % ... ... ... 6.04% 7.70% 5.88% 7.60% 11.3%
Oman % 24.9% 36.5% 33.1% 28.5% 28.6%
Pakistan % 17.0% 16.1% 15.9% 17.3% 18.0%
Russia % ... 14.7% 15.2% 15.7% 15.5% 15.9% ... ...
Saudi Arabia % 21.7% 23.1% 25.3% 26.6% 32.7%
Singapore % 22.0% 21.7% 20.5% 19.2% 17.3%
Sudan % ... ... ... ... ... 21.7%