NATO Spending by Country 2022

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization – or NATO is a military and political alliance used to guarantee each of its members' security and freedom. Created after World War II, the goal of NATO is to promote democratic values, cooperate on defense and security issues, and to build trust among members. This, in turn, helps prevent conflict from occurring. NATO also promotes a peaceful resolution of disputes. However, if diplomatic efforts do not work, the military alliance is used for crisis-management operations.

As of 2022, there are 30 members of NATO. Those nations include: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland (which has no standing military), Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.

Minimum required defense spending by NATO countries

During the 2014 summit, all NATO members agreed to spend at least 2% of their GDPs on defense by 2025. In 2017, only four nations met the threshold: The United States (3.6%), Greece (2.4%), the United Kingdom (2.1%), and Poland (2.0%). However, by 2021, ten countries were meeting the percentage target.

Top 10 NATO Countries with the Highest Defense Expenditures (by % of 2021 GDP)

  1. Greece — 3.82%
  2. United States — 3.52%
  3. Croatia — 2.79%
  4. United Kingdom — 2.29%
  5. Estonia — 2.28%
  6. Latvia — 2.27%
  7. Poland — 2.10%
  8. Lithuania — 2.03%
  9. Romania — 2.02%
  10. France — 2.01%

When examined by total dollar amounts spent instead of percentage of GDP, the top 10 list changes a bit.

Top 10 NATO Countries with the Highest Defense Expenditures (by total US$)

  1. United States — 811,140
  2. United Kingdom — 72,765
  3. Germany — 64,785
  4. France — 58,729
  5. Italy — 29,763
  6. Canada — 26,523
  7. Spain — 14,875
  8. Netherlands — 14,378
  9. Poland — 13,369
  10. Turkey — 13,057

Here are the 10 countries with the most NATO spending:

  1. United States ($811,140)
  2. United Kingdom ($72,765)
  3. Germany ($64,785)
  4. France ($58,729)
  5. Italy ($29,763)
  6. Canada ($26,523)
  7. Spain ($14,875)
  8. Netherlands ($14,378)
  9. Poland ($13,369)
  10. Turkey ($13,057)

NATO Spending by Country 2022

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NATO Spending by Country 2022

Country 2021 % of GDP 2021 Defense Expenditures (US$ millions) 2021 Def. Exp. per Capita (US$) 2019 % of GDP 2022 Population
United States3.52%$811,140$2,1863.42%334,805,269
United Kingdom2.29%$72,765$1,0232.13%68,497,907
Germany1.53%$64,785$6441.36%83,883,596
France2.01%$58,729$7511.84%65,584,518
Italy1.41%$29,763$4281.22%60,262,770
Canada1.39%$26,523$6121.27%38,388,419
Spain1.02%$14,875$2670.92%46,719,142
Netherlands1.45%$14,378$6851.35%17,211,447
Poland2.10%$13,369$3142.01%37,739,785
Turkey1.57%$13,057$1991.89%85,561,976
Norway1.85%$8,292$1,4261.70%5,511,370
Greece3.82%$8,014$6942.24%10,316,637
Belgium1.12%$6,503$4660.93%11,668,278
Romania2.02%$5,785$2312.04%19,031,335
Denmark1.41%$5,522$8131.35%5,834,950
Czech Republic1.42%$4,013$2761.19%10,736,784
Portugal1.54%$3,975$3181.41%10,140,570
Hungary1.60%$2,907$2391.21%9,606,259
Slovakia1.73%$2,043$3111.74%5,460,193
Croatia2.79%$1,846$3741.75%4,059,286
Lithuania2.03%$1,278$3611.98%2,661,708
Bulgaria1.56%$1,253$1311.61%6,844,597
Latvia2.27%$851$3662.01%1,848,837
Estonia2.28%$787$4682.13%1,321,910
Slovenia1.28%$760$2971.04%2,078,034
Luxembourg0.57%$474$5940.55%642,371
Albania1.44%$239$661.26%2,866,374
North Macedonia1.61%$219$850.00%2,081,304
Montenegro1.74%$97$1221.65%627,950

NATO Spending by Country 2022

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