Military expenditure as a share of GDP reached 4.06 % in 2010 in Syria, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 0.706 % more than in the previous year.
Historically, military expenditure as a share of GDP in Syria reached an all time high of 17.7 % in 1984 and an all time low of 3.55 % in 2008. When compared to Syria's main peers, military expenditure as a share of GDP in Iraq amounted to 2.71 %, 5.66 % in Jordan, 4.13 % in Lebanon and 2.32 % in Turkey in 2010.
Syria has been ranked 13th within the group of 151 countries we follow in terms of military expenditure as a share of GDP, 2 places behind 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.