Financial and Economic Data Relating to NATO Defence

Defence Expenditures of NATO Countries (1975 - 1997)

  • 02 Dec. 1997 -
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  • Press Release M-DPC-2(97) 147
  • Issued on 02 Dec. 1997
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  • Last updated: 26 Aug. 2010 12:52

The figures given in table 1 represent payments actually made or to be made during the course of the fiscal year. They are based on the NATO definition of defence expenditures. 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. For countries providing military assistance, this is included in the expenditures figures. For countries receiving assistance, figures do not include the value of items received. Expenditures for research and development are included in equipment expenditures and pensions paid to retirees in personnel expenditures.

France and Spain are members of the Alliance without belonging to the integrated military structure; Spain, however, participates in the collective force planning. The defence data relating to France are indicative only.

Iceland has no armed forces.


Table 1 :total defence expendituresTable 2 :gross domestic product (GDP) and defence expenditure annual volume changeTable 3 : defence expenditures as % of GDPTable 4 : GDP and defence expenditures per capitaTable 5 : distribution of defence expenditures by categoryTable 6 : armed forces

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The tables are also available as .XLS (Microsoft Excel version 5). Reader's Guide To avoid any ambiguity the fiscal year has been designated by the year which includes the highest number of months: e.g. 1995 represents the fiscal year 1995/1996 for Canada and U.K. and the fiscal year 1994/1995 for U.S.

Because of rounding, the total figures may differ from the sum of their components.

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