Military Spending By Country 2021

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A nation’s military is a crucial asset. The military enforces domestic and foreign policies and protects its citizens. National security is regarded as a government duty, including the security of citizens, the economy, and the country’s institutions. National security is crucial and requires large budgets to build and maintain— known as military spending. In 2020, the total world military expenditure was about $1.981 trillion.

Military size varies significantly by country, typically correlating with each country’s size and military needs. China, India, and the United States, unsurprisingly, have the largest military sizes. A majority of the world’s nations have militaries, and only 36 nations do not have a military. Many nations have mandatory military service.

The United States has the highest military spending of any nation. Its military spending includes all of the Department of Defense’s regular activities, war spending, nuclear weapons, international military assistance, and other Pentagon-related spending. In 2020, the U.S. spent $778 billion on military spending, more than the next nine top-spending countries combined.

The ten countries with the highest military expenditures are:

  1. The United States ($778 billion)
  2. China ($252 billion [estimated])
  3. India ($72.9 billion)
  4. Russia ($61.7 billion)
  5. United Kingdom ($59.2 billion)
  6. Saudi Arabia ($57.5 billion [estimated])
  7. Germany ($52.8 billion)
  8. France ($52.7 billion)
  9. Japan ($49.1 billion)
  10. South Korea ($45.7 billion)

As mentioned previously, the United States spends more on its military than any other nation. The country’s $778 billion military expenditure is among the expensive government programs, along with Social Security and Medicare. The U.S. has the third-largest military with 1.367 million members on active duty and another 1.037 million in the National Guard and reserves. Following the United States is China, spending $252 billion and India, spending $72.9 billion.

Military Spending By Country 2021

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Military Spending By Country 2021

Country Spending (USD $) 2021 Population
United States$750.00 Bn332,915,073
China$237.00 Bn1,444,216,107
Saudi Arabia$67.60 Bn35,340,683
India$61.00 Bn1,393,409,038
United Kingdom$55.10 Bn68,207,116
Germany$50.00 Bn83,900,473
Japan$49.00 Bn126,050,804
Russia$48.00 Bn145,912,025
South Korea$44.00 Bn51,305,186
France$41.50 Bn65,426,179
Italy$27.80 Bn60,367,477
Brazil$27.80 Bn213,993,437
Australia$26.30 Bn25,788,215
United Arab Emirates$22.75 Bn9,991,089
Canada$22.50 Bn38,067,903
Israel$20.00 Bn8,789,774
Iran$19.60 Bn85,028,759
Turkey$19.00 Bn85,042,738
Spain$15.10 Bn46,745,216
Algeria$13.00 Bn44,616,624
Netherlands$12.42 Bn17,173,099
Poland$12.00 Bn37,797,005
Afghanistan$12.00 Bn39,835,428
Pakistan$11.40 Bn225,199,937
Singapore$11.20 Bn5,896,686
Egypt$11.20 Bn104,258,327
Taiwan$10.72 Bn23,855,010
Colombia$10.60 Bn51,265,844
Morocco$10.00 Bn37,344,795
Oman$8.69 Bn5,223,375
Indonesia$7.60 Bn276,361,783
Norway$7.18 Bn5,465,630
Thailand$7.10 Bn69,950,850
Angola$7.00 Bn33,933,610
Mexico$7.00 Bn130,262,216
Kuwait$6.83 Bn4,328,550
Sweden$6.33 Bn10,160,169
Qatar$6.00 Bn2,930,528
Vietnam$5.50 Bn98,168,833
Ukraine$5.40 Bn43,466,819
Romania$5.05 Bn19,127,774
Switzerland$5.00 Bn8,715,494
Uruguay$4.95 Bn3,485,151
Belgium$4.92 Bn11,632,326
Greece$4.84 Bn10,370,744
Denmark$4.76 Bn5,813,298
New Zealand$4.30 Bn4,860,643
South Africa$4.28 Bn60,041,994
Chile$4.25 Bn19,212,361
Argentina$4.20 Bn45,605,826
Kazakhstan$4.00 Bn18,994,962
Malaysia$4.00 Bn32,776,194
Bangladesh$3.80 Bn166,303,498
Finland$3.57 Bn5,548,360
Philippines$3.47 Bn111,046,913
Austria$3.38 Bn9,043,070
Portugal$3.36 Bn10,167,925
Libya$3.00 Bn6,958,532
Czech Republic$2.97 Bn10,724,555
Azerbaijan$2.81 Bn10,223,342
Myanmar$2.65 Bn54,806,012
Jordan$2.60 Bn10,269,021
Peru$2.56 Bn33,359,418
Lebanon$2.50 Bn6,769,146
Ecuador$2.50 Bn17,888,475
Sri Lanka$2.50 Bn21,497,310
Sudan$2.47 Bn44,909,353
Nigeria$2.15 Bn211,400,708
Slovakia$2.12 Bn5,460,721
Hungary$2.08 Bn9,634,164
Syria$1.80 Bn18,275,702
Iraq$1.73 Bn41,179,350
Tajikistan$1.60 Bn9,749,627
North Korea$1.60 Bn25,887,041
Bahrain$1.42 Bn1,748,296
Yemen$1.40 Bn30,490,640
Armenia$1.39 Bn2,968,127
Lithuania$1.11 Bn2,689,862
Bulgaria$1.08 Bn6,896,663
Uzbekistan$975.00 Mn33,935,763
Uganda$935.00 Mn47,123,531
Serbia$907.00 Mn8,697,550
Ireland$870.00 Mn4,982,907
Croatia$800.00 Mn4,081,651
Dominican Republic$760.00 Mn10,953,703
Venezuela$745.00 Mn28,704,954
Latvia$724.00 Mn1,866,942
Republic Of The Congo$715.00 Mn5,657,013
Ghana$710.00 Mn31,732,129
Estonia$685.00 Mn1,325,185
Bolivia$660.00 Mn11,832,940
Cambodia$604.00 Mn16,946,438
Slovenia$581.00 Mn2,078,724
Tunisia$550.00 Mn11,935,766
Ivory Coast$550.00 Mn27,053,629
Namibia$505.00 Mn2,587,344
Panama$500.00 Mn4,381,579
Cuba$500.00 Mn11,317,505
Botswana$450.00 Mn2,397,241
Ethiopia$350.00 Mn117,876,227
Cameroon$347.00 Mn27,224,265
Georgia$327.00 Mn3,979,765
Albania$250.00 Mn2,872,933
Paraguay$250.00 Mn7,219,638
Mozambique$245.00 Mn32,163,047
Guatemala$240.00 Mn18,249,860
Tanzania$223.00 Mn61,498,437
Nepal$213.00 Mn29,674,920
Honduras$205.00 Mn10,062,991
Turkmenistan$200.00 Mn6,117,924
Chad$200.00 Mn16,914,985
El Salvador$167.00 Mn6,518,499
Bosnia And Herzegovina$165.00 Mn3,263,466
Mongolia$155.00 Mn3,329,289
Nicaragua$140.00 Mn6,702,385
Burkina Faso$130.00 Mn21,497,096
Kenya$121.00 Mn54,985,698
Madagascar$115.00 Mn28,427,328
North Macedonia$108.15 Mn2,082,658
Zimbabwe$100.00 Mn15,092,171
Dr Congo$100.00 Mn92,377,993
Gabon$83.00 Mn2,278,825
South Sudan$80.00 Mn11,381,378
Sierra Leone$75.50 Mn8,141,343
Mali$70.00 Mn20,855,735
Montenegro$65.00 Mn628,053
Suriname$63.00 Mn591,800
Somalia$62.20 Mn16,359,504
Mauritania$50.25 Mn4,775,119
Zambia$40.00 Mn18,920,651
Moldova$30.00 Mn4,024,019
Bhutan$25.12 Mn779,898
Central African Republic$20.00 Mn4,919,981
Kyrgyzstan$20.00 Mn6,628,356
Laos$18.50 Mn7,379,358
Liberia$13.00 Mn5,180,203
Belarus$623.709,442,862

Military Spending By Country 2021