Military Expenditure (As % of GDP) in Lesotho

Military expenditure as a share of GDP reached 2.23 % in 2017 in Lesotho, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 12.2 % more than in the previous year.

Historically, military expenditure as a share of GDP in Lesotho reached an all time high of 4.84 % in 1986 and an all time low of 1.44 % in 1977. When compared to Lesotho's main peers, military expenditure as a share of GDP in Botswana amounted to 3.05 %, 1.05 % in South Africa, 1.75 % in Swaziland and 1.97 % in Zimbabwe in 2017.

Lesotho has been ranked 36th within the group of 146 countries we follow in terms of military expenditure as a share of GDP, 14 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.


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