NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization

Information on Defence Expenditures

NATO publishes an annual compendium of financial, personnel and economic data for all member countries. Since 1963, this report has formed a consistent basis of comparison of the defence effort of Alliance members based on a common definition of defence expenditure. Through the links below, you can find data covering the years from 1949 to the present.

Working mechanism

The figures represent payments actually made or to be made during the course of the fiscal year. They are based on the NATO definition of defence expenditure. In view of the differences between this and national definitions, the figures shown may diverge considerably from those which are quoted by national authorities or given in national budgets.

Evolution

Each year, updated tables with nations’ defence expenditures are published on the NATO website in PDF and Excel format.  The latest version of the compendium provides tables covering key indicators on the financial and economic aspects of NATO defence, including:

  • Total defence expenditures
  • Defence expenditure and GDP growth rates
  • Defence expenditures as a percentage of GDP
  • Defence expenditures and GDP per capita
  • Defence expenditures by category
  • Armed forces personnel strength

Archive of tables 

 

2010 2011 2013            
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
1970 1971     1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
      1963 1964 1965   1967   1969