Military Expenditures (As % of Government Expenditure) in Kuwait

Military expenditures as a share of government expenditure reached 11.3 % in 2017 in Kuwait, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 2.91 % more than in the previous year.

Historically, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Kuwait reached an all time high of 57.5 % in 1991 and an all time low of 7.44 % in 2008. When compared to Kuwait's main peers, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Bahrain amounted to 11.8 %, 9.40 % in Iraq, 15.8 % in Iran and 30.4 % in Saudi Arabia in 2017.

Kuwait has been ranked 19th within the group of 145 countries we follow in terms of military expenditures as a share of government expenditure, 5 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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