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The 30 Countries Spending The Most On Their Military, 2018

With defense spending totaling $610 billion in 2017, the United States spends more than any other nation on military in the world, while China ($228 billion) and Saudi Arabia ($69 billion) placed second and third, respectively. But as a percent of the gross domestic product, the United States spends about 3.3%, far less than many countries.

To create a list of countries spending the most on their military, the CEOWORLD magazine reviewed numerous national and international media reports. Data used to score and rank countries was taken from the CIA’s World Factbook, other publicly available information, research papers, and academic studies. This list was condensed to what we considered the world’s top 30 countries spending the most on their military.

These are the 30 countries that have the highest military expenditures as a percent of the gross domestic product, calculated on an exchange rate basis. See where the United States falls on this list?

The 30 Countries Spending The Most On Their Military, 2018

1. Oman
Percent of GDP spent on military: 13.73%

2. South Sudan
Percent of GDP spent on military: 10.93%

3. Saudi Arabia
Percent of GDP spent on military: 9.85%

4. Republic of Congo
Percent of GDP spent on military: 7.17%

5. Algeria
Percent of GDP spent on military: 5.81%

6. Israel
Percent of GDP spent on military: 5.62%

7. United Arab Emirates
Percent of GDP spent on military: 5.86%

8.Kuwait
Percent of GDP spent on military: 4.83%

9. Jordan
Percent of GDP spent on military: 4.80%

10. Bahrain
Percent of GDP spent on military: 4.59%

11. Namibia
Percent of GDP spent on military: 4.44%

12. Russia
Percent of GDP spent on military: 4.24%

13. Armenia
Percent of GDP spent on military: 4.09%

14. Myanmar
Percent of GDP spent on military: 4.08%

15. Niger
Percent of GDP spent on military: 4.00%

16. Yemen
Percent of GDP spent on military: 3.97%

17. Azerbaijan
Percent of GDP spent on military: 3.64%

18. Iraq
Percent of GDP spent on military: 3.63%

19. Pakistan
Percent of GDP spent on military: 3.56%

20. Colombia
Percent of GDP spent on military: 3.507%

21. Ukraine
Percent of GDP spent on military: 3.50%

22. Botswana
Percent of GDP spent on military: 3.37%

23. Singapore
Percent of GDP spent on military: 3.35%

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24. United States
Percent of GDP spent on military: 3.29%

25. Morocco
Percent of GDP spent on military: 3.28%

26. Kyrgyzstan
Percent of GDP spent on military: 3.15%

27. Cuba
Percent of GDP spent on military: 3.08%

28. Mauritania
Percent of GDP spent on military: 2.97%

29. Angola
Percent of GDP spent on military: 2.95%

30. Lebanon
Percent of GDP spent on military: 91%


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Emma London

Emma London

Energetic journalist and broadcaster. Contributing editor. My dream is to have dinner with Richard Branson, Ratan Tata, & Elon Musk. Champagne connoisseur. NYU alumna and Yoga teacher.
Emma London

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