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100 countries spending the most on their military

100 countries spending the most on their military
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100 countries spending the most on their military

If we lived in an ideal world, conflicts would be settled via peaceful resolution and treasuries around the world would save hundreds of billions of dollars annually on military expenses. Unfortunately, it seems nearly impossible to turn on the news without hearing about yet another country being torn apart by violence.

Though the state of international affairs makes it difficult for any country to avoid some military spending, the degree to which governments invest in their armed forces is heavily variant, depending on certain factors.

Using data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Stacker listed the 100 countries investing the most money in their military. The countries are ranked according to their respective per-capita military spending in U.S. dollars and listed along with their total expenditure, as well as how their total expenditure ranks amongst the world’s military powers.

Read on to see where the United States falls on the list.

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#100. Kyrgyzstan
2/Senior Airman George Goslin/U.S. Air Force // Wikimedia Commons

#100. Kyrgyzstan

Per capita spending: $37
Total expenditure: $222.8 million
Total expenditure rank: #108/145

#99. El Salvador
3/Presidencia El Salvador // Wikimedia Commons

#99. El Salvador

Per capita spending: $39
Total expenditure: $246.8 million
Total expenditure rank: #107/145

#98. Honduras
4/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ricardo Reyes/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#98. Honduras

Per capita spending: $39
Total expenditure: $363.6 million
Total expenditure rank: #96/145

#97. Philippines
5/Spc. Matthew Hulett // Wikimedia Commons

#97. Philippines

Per capita spending: $42
Total expenditure: $4.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #41/145

#96. Mexico
6/Shdowcrwler // Wikimedia Commons

#96. Mexico

Per capita spending: $45
Total expenditure: $5.8 billion
Total expenditure rank: #32/145

#95. Jamaica
7/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kim Williams/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#95. Jamaica

Per capita spending: $45
Total expenditure: $130.9 million
Total expenditure rank: #118/145

#94. Dominican Republic
8/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kim Williams/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#94. Dominican Republic

Per capita spending: $46
Total expenditure: $495.6 million
Total expenditure rank: #83/145

#93. Bosnia-Herzegovina
9/SGT Christina M. Dion // Wikimedia Commons

#93. Bosnia-Herzegovina

Per capita spending: $47
Total expenditure: $164.6 million
Total expenditure rank: #116/145

#92. India
10/Panky2sharma // Wikimedia Commons

#92. India

Per capita spending: $48
Total expenditure: $63.9 billion
Total expenditure rank: #5/145

#91. Fiji
11/Senior Airman Peter Reft // Wikimedia Commons

#91. Fiji

Per capita spending: $51
Total expenditure: $45.9 million
Total expenditure rank: #138/145

#90. Paraguay
12/MC1 Brien Aho // Wikimedia Commons

#90. Paraguay

Per capita spending: $51
Total expenditure: $348.2 million
Total expenditure rank: #97/145

#89. Vietnam
13/Helene C. Stikkel/DoD // Wikimedia Commons

#89. Vietnam

Per capita spending: $53
Total expenditure: $5.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #37/145

#88. Macedonia
14/John Scott Rafoss // Wikimedia Commons

#88. Macedonia

Per capita spending: $54
Total expenditure: $111.8 million
Total expenditure rank: #120/145

#87. Pakistan
15/Sgt. David E. Alvarado // Wikimedia Commons

#87. Pakistan

Per capita spending: $55
Total expenditure: $10.8 billion
Total expenditure rank: #19/145

#86. Albania
16/TSgt. Laura K. Smith // Wikimedia Commons

#86. Albania

Per capita spending: $55
Total expenditure: $162.5 million
Total expenditure rank: #117/145

#85. Bolivia
17/Israel_soliz // Wikimedia Commons

#85. Bolivia

Per capita spending: $59
Total expenditure: $656.8 million
Total expenditure rank: #76/145

#84. Belize
18/Lance Cpl. Abraham Lopez // Wikimedia Commons

#84. Belize

Per capita spending: $61
Total expenditure: $22.8 million
Total expenditure rank: #144/145

#83. Swaziland
19/US Army Africa // Flickr

#83. Swaziland

Per capita spending: $63
Total expenditure: $86.5 million
Total expenditure rank: #124/145

#82. South Africa
20/Cpl. Jad Sleiman/U.S. Marine Corps // Wikimedia Commons

#82. South Africa

Per capita spending: $64
Total expenditure: $3.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #46/145

#81. Peru
21/Marcomogollon // Wikimedia Commons

#81. Peru

Per capita spending: $65
Total expenditure: $2.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #58/145

#80. Belarus
22/Ricky Cain // Wikimedia Commons

#80. Belarus

Per capita spending: $67
Total expenditure: $631.1 million
Total expenditure rank: #77/145

#79. Tunisia
23/Tech Sgt. Rick Sforza/U.S. Air Force // Wikimedia Commons

#79. Tunisia

Per capita spending: $73
Total expenditure: $835.5 million
Total expenditure rank: #72/145

#78. Kazakhstan
24/TSgt. Jim Varhegyi/USAF // Wikimedia Commons

#78. Kazakhstan

Per capita spending: $73
Total expenditure: $1.3 billion
Total expenditure rank: #66/145

#77. Guyana
25/PH2 JOHN BIVERA // Wikimedia Commons

#77. Guyana

Per capita spending: $74
Total expenditure: $57.3 million
Total expenditure rank: #134/145

#76. Ukraine
26/Joshua Dodds, U.S. Army // Wikimedia Commons

#76. Ukraine

Per capita spending: $83
Total expenditure: $3.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #45/145

#75. Serbia
27/Tech Sgt. William Greer // Wikimedia Commons

#75. Serbia

Per capita spending: $83
Total expenditure: $731.1 million
Total expenditure rank: #75/145

#74. Georgia
28/7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command // Wikimedia Commons

#74. Georgia

Per capita spending: $85
Total expenditure: $332.7 million
Total expenditure rank: #101/145

#73. Sri Lanka
29/Chamal Pathirana // Wikimedia Commons

#73. Sri Lanka

Per capita spending: $89
Total expenditure: $1.9 billion
Total expenditure rank: #60/145

#72. Thailand
30/Sgt. Pablo N. Piedra // Wikimedia Commons

#72. Thailand

Per capita spending: $92
Total expenditure: $6.3 billion
Total expenditure rank: #31/145

#71. Congo
31/MONUSCO Photos // Wikimedia Commons

#71. Congo

Per capita spending: $92
Total expenditure: $484.3 million
Total expenditure rank: #85/145

#70. Morocco
32/Sharon McPeak/U.S. Marine Corps // Wikimedia Commons

#70. Morocco

Per capita spending: $97
Total expenditure: $3.5 billion
Total expenditure rank: #50/145

#69. Angola
33/Russian Ministry of Defence // Wikimedia Commons

#69. Angola

Per capita spending: $103
Total expenditure: $3.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #51/145

#68. Sudan
34/Al Jazeera English // Wikimedia Commons

#68. Sudan

Per capita spending: $108
Total expenditure: $4.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #40/145

#67. Malaysia
35/Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Christopher Elmini/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#67. Malaysia

Per capita spending: $111
Total expenditure: $3.5 billion
Total expenditure rank: #49/145

#66. Montenegro
36/CRANGORAMNE // Wikimedia Commons

#66. Montenegro

Per capita spending: $118
Total expenditure: $74.3 million
Total expenditure rank: #127/145

#65. Bulgaria
37/7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command // Wikimedia Commons

#65. Bulgaria

Per capita spending: $122
Total expenditure: $866.7 million
Total expenditure rank: #71/145

#64. Argentina
38/hamner.jonathan // Wikimedia Commons

#64. Argentina

Per capita spending: $128
Total expenditure: $5.7 billion
Total expenditure rank: #33/145

#63. Brazil
39/Ministerio de Defesa // Wikimedia Commons

#63. Brazil

Per capita spending: $140
Total expenditure: $29.3 billion
Total expenditure rank: #11/145

#62. Hungary
40/KGyST // Wikimedia Commons

#62. Hungary

Per capita spending: $146
Total expenditure: $1.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #64/145

#61. Ecuador
41/Cancilleria Ecuador // Wikimedia Commons

#61. Ecuador

Per capita spending: $146
Total expenditure: $2.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #55/145

#60. Malta
42/Frank Vincentz // Wikimedia Commons

#60. Malta

Per capita spending: $148
Total expenditure: $63.5 million
Total expenditure rank: #132/145

#59. Trinidad & Tobago
43/Sgt. Casey A. Collie // Wikimedia Commons

#59. Trinidad & Tobago

Per capita spending: $148
Total expenditure: $201.9 million
Total expenditure rank: #110/145

#58. Gabon
44/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Keen/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#58. Gabon

Per capita spending: $148
Total expenditure: $298.7 million
Total expenditure rank: #104/145

#57. Armenia
45/Khustup // Wikimedia Commons

#57. Armenia

Per capita spending: $151
Total expenditure: $443.6 million
Total expenditure rank: #91/145

#56. Azerbaijan
46/WalkerBaku // Wikimedia Commons

#56. Azerbaijan

Per capita spending: $156
Total expenditure: $1.5 billion
Total expenditure rank: #63/145

#55. China
47/Linda D. Kozaryn // Wikimedia Commons

#55. China

Per capita spending: $162
Total expenditure: $228.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #2/145

#54. Namibia
48/ViceAdmiral // Wikimedia Commons

#54. Namibia

Per capita spending: $171
Total expenditure: $433.9 million
Total expenditure rank: #92/145

#53. Iran
49/Hossein Zohrevand // Wikimedia Commons

#53. Iran

Per capita spending: $179
Total expenditure: $14.5 billion
Total expenditure rank: #18/145

#52. Croatia
50/Orlovic // Wikimedia Commons

#52. Croatia

Per capita spending: $184
Total expenditure: $771.9 million
Total expenditure rank: #74/145

#51. Iraq
51/PH1(AW) MICHAEL LARSON // Wikimedia Commons

#51. Iraq

Per capita spending: $194
Total expenditure: $7.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #28/145

#50. Colombia
52/CWO Keith A. Stevenson // Wikimedia Commons

#50. Colombia

Per capita spending: $198
Total expenditure: $9.7 billion
Total expenditure rank: #25/145

#49. Jordan
53/SGT Zachary Mott // Wikimedia Commons

#49. Jordan

Per capita spending: $200
Total expenditure: $1.9 billion
Total expenditure rank: #59/145

#48. Romania
54/Maj. Chad Carroll // Wikimedia Commons

#48. Romania

Per capita spending: $204
Total expenditure: $4.0 billion
Total expenditure rank: #42/145

#47. Slovak Republic
55/Master Sgt. Donald Sparks // Wikimedia Commons

#47. Slovak Republic

Per capita spending: $207
Total expenditure: $1.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #68/145

#46. Czech Republic
56/Military and Police Advisory Training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center // Wikimedia Commons

#46. Czech Republic

Per capita spending: $210
Total expenditure: $2.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #57/145

#45. Turkey
57/Sgt. Joshua Dodds/130th Public Affairs Detachment // Wikimedia Commons

#45. Turkey

Per capita spending: $225
Total expenditure: $18.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #15/145

#44. Seychelles
58/Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet // Wikimedia Commons

#44. Seychelles

Per capita spending: $229
Total expenditure: $21.7 million
Total expenditure rank: #145/145

#43. Slovenia
59/MORS // Wikimedia Commons

#43. Slovenia

Per capita spending: $230
Total expenditure: $477.5 million
Total expenditure rank: #86/145

#42. Botswana
60/U.S. Army Africa // Wikimedia Commons

#42. Botswana

Per capita spending: $232
Total expenditure: $531.2 million
Total expenditure rank: #80/145

#41. Ireland
61/Guliolopez // Wikimedia Commons

#41. Ireland

Per capita spending: $235
Total expenditure: $1.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #69/145

#40. Algeria
62/Mass Communication Specialist Steven Harbour // Wikimedia Commons

#40. Algeria

Per capita spending: $244
Total expenditure: $10.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #22/145

#39. Poland
63/Piotr Wlodarczyk // Wikimedia Commons

#39. Poland

Per capita spending: $262
Total expenditure: $10.0 billion
Total expenditure rank: #24/145

#38. Latvia
64/7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command // Wikimedia Commons

#38. Latvia

Per capita spending: $264
Total expenditure: $513.7 million
Total expenditure rank: #81/145

#37. Lithuania
65/7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command // Wikimedia Commons

#37. Lithuania

Per capita spending: $281
Total expenditure: $811.8 million
Total expenditure rank: #73/145

#36. Chile
66/Hackerator // Wikimedia Commons

#36. Chile

Per capita spending: $284
Total expenditure: $5.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #35/145

#35. Cyprus
67/Seksen iki yuz kirk bes // Wikimedia Commons

#35. Cyprus

Per capita spending: $335
Total expenditure: $394.7 million
Total expenditure rank: #94/145

#34. Austria
68/7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command // Wikimedia Commons

#34. Austria

Per capita spending: $340
Total expenditure: $3.0 billion
Total expenditure rank: #52/145

#33. Spain
69/Oscar en el medio // Wikimedia Commons

#33. Spain

Per capita spending: $350
Total expenditure: $16.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #17/145

#32. Japan
70/US Army // Wikimedia Commons

#32. Japan

Per capita spending: $356
Total expenditure: $45.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #8/145

#31. Uruguay
71/Cpl. Dustin Schalue // Wikimedia Commons

#31. Uruguay

Per capita spending: $359
Total expenditure: $1.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #67/145

#30. Portugal
72/Allied Joint Forces Command Brunssum // Wikimedia Commons

#30. Portugal

Per capita spending: $365
Total expenditure: $3.8 billion
Total expenditure rank: #44/145

#29. Belgium
73/7th Army Training Command // Flickr

#29. Belgium

Per capita spending: $389
Total expenditure: $4.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #39/145

#28. Lebanon
74/James Brooke // Wikimedia Commons

#28. Lebanon

Per capita spending: $401
Total expenditure: $2.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #54/145

#27. Estonia
75/Sgt. Sara Marchus // Wikimedia Commons

#27. Estonia

Per capita spending: $410
Total expenditure: $536.3 million
Total expenditure rank: #79/145

#26. Taiwan
76/Steve Chao/Al Jazeera English // Wikimedia Commons

#26. Taiwan

Per capita spending: $447
Total expenditure: $10.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #20/145

#25. Greece
77/Robin // Wikimedia Commons

#25. Greece

Per capita spending: $456
Total expenditure: $5.1 billion
Total expenditure rank: #36/145

#24. Russia
78/Kremlin.ru // Wikimedia Commons

#24. Russia

Per capita spending: $461
Total expenditure: $66.3 billion
Total expenditure rank: #4/145

#23. Italy
79/SSG Teddy Wade // Wikimedia Commons

#23. Italy

Per capita spending: $493
Total expenditure: $29.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #12/145

#22. New Zealand
80/ISAF Headquarters Public Affairs Office // Wikimedia Commons

#22. New Zealand

Per capita spending: $495
Total expenditure: $2.3 billion
Total expenditure rank: #56/145

#21. Germany
81/wlodi // Flickr

#21. Germany

Per capita spending: $540
Total expenditure: $44.3 billion
Total expenditure rank: #9/145

#20. Luxembourg
82/Zinneke // Wikimedia Commons

#20. Luxembourg

Per capita spending: $545
Total expenditure: $317.9 million
Total expenditure rank: #102/145

#19. Switzerland
83/TheBernFiles // Wikimedia Commons

#19. Switzerland

Per capita spending: $546
Total expenditure: $4.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #38/145

#18. Sweden
84/SGT Bertha A. Flores // Wikimedia Commons

#18. Sweden

Per capita spending: $561
Total expenditure: $5.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #34/145

#17. Canada
85/Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Gallagher // Wikimedia Commons

#17. Canada

Per capita spending: $562
Total expenditure: $20.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #14/145

#16. Netherlands
86/Markus Rauchenberger // Wikimedia Commons

#16. Netherlands

Per capita spending: $590
Total expenditure: $10.0 billion
Total expenditure rank: #23/145

#15. Finland
87/davric // Wikimedia Commons

#15. Finland

Per capita spending: $651
Total expenditure: $3.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #47/145

#14. Denmark
88/Gertrud Zach/U.S. Army // Wikimedia Commons

#14. Denmark

Per capita spending: $662
Total expenditure: $3.8 billion
Total expenditure rank: #43/145

#13. UK
89/Gertrud Zach // Wikimedia Commons

#13. UK

Per capita spending: $713
Total expenditure: $47.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #7/145

#12. South Korea
90/USAG- Humphreys // Flickr

#12. South Korea

Per capita spending: $768
Total expenditure: $39.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #10/145

#11. Brunei
91/Mike Morley/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#11. Brunei

Per capita spending: $809
Total expenditure: $346.7 million
Total expenditure rank: #98/145

#10. France
92/SRA ESPERANZA BERRIOS // Wikimedia Commons

#10. France

Per capita spending: $889
Total expenditure: $57.8 billion
Total expenditure rank: #6/145

#9. Bahrain
93/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Krishna M. Jackson/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#9. Bahrain

Per capita spending: $936
Total expenditure: $1.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #65/145

#8. Australia
94/Official U.S. Navy Page // Wikimedia Commons

#8. Australia

Per capita spending: $1,123
Total expenditure: $27.5 billion
Total expenditure rank: #13/145

#7. Norway
95/Sgt. Sebastian Nemec // Wikimedia Commons

#7. Norway

Per capita spending: $1,238
Total expenditure: $6.6 billion
Total expenditure rank: #30/145

#6. Kuwait
96/Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff // Wikimedia Commons

#6. Kuwait

Per capita spending: $1,651
Total expenditure: $6.8 billion
Total expenditure rank: #29/145

#5. Singapore
97/Sgt. Eric Rutherford // Wikimedia Commons

#5. Singapore

Per capita spending: $1,786
Total expenditure: $10.2 billion
Total expenditure rank: #21/145

#4. Oman
98/Gunnery Sgt. Robert B. Brown Jr./U.S. Marine Corps // Wikimedia Commons

#4. Oman

Per capita spending: $1,874
Total expenditure: $8.7 billion
Total expenditure rank: #26/145

#3. USA
99/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Mark Logico/U.S. Navy // Wikimedia Commons

#3. USA

Per capita spending: $1,879
Total expenditure: $609.8 billion
Total expenditure rank: #1/145

#2. Israel
100/CHERIE A. THURLBY // Wikimedia Commons

#2. Israel

Per capita spending: $1,982
Total expenditure: $16.5 billion
Total expenditure rank: #16/145

#1. Saudi Arabia
101/Specialist Henry // Wikimedia Commons

#1. Saudi Arabia

Per capita spending: $2,107
Total expenditure: $69.4 billion
Total expenditure rank: #3/145

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