Military expenditures as a share of government expenditure reached 5.03 % in 2017 in Lithuania, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database. This is 13.2 % more than in the previous year.
Historically, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Lithuania reached an all time high of 5.03 % in 2017 and an all time low of 1.35 % in 1994. When compared to Lithuania's main peers, military expenditures as a share of government expenditure in Belarus amounted to 25.3 %, 5.15 % in Estonia and 4.48 % in Latvia in 2017.
Lithuania has been ranked 69th within the group of 145 countries we follow in terms of military expenditures as a share of government expenditure, 43 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.