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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.

    ALSO: Looking back at 100 years of military history

  • #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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