Fact sheet

This fact sheet highlights the regional and national military expenditure data for 2019 and trends over the decade 2010–19. The data is from the updated SIPRI Military Expenditure Database, which provides military expenditure data by country for the years 1949–2019.

Key findings:

  1. Global military expenditure was $1917 billion in 2019, an increase of 3.6 per cent in real terms.
  2. Total military spending accounted for 2.2 per cent of global gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019.
  3. The five biggest spenders in 2019 were the United States, China, India, Russia and Saudi Arabia, which together accounted for 62 per cent of global military spending.
  4. Australia is ranked 13th on the list, the same position as 2018, with a total expenditure of $25.9 billion in 2019.
  5. New Zealand doesn't rank on the overall list of total expenditure but is ranked 13th in the highest increases in military spending. 
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