Defence spending and military personnel
The statistics represented graphically below come from the document Financial and Economic Data Relating to NATO Defence that the Alliance releases once a year and can be found at www.nato.int/docu/pr/2003/p03-146e.htm. In view of the difference between NATO's definition of defence expenditures and national definitions, the figures may diverge from those quoted by national authorities or given in national budgets. Data relating to France is indicative only because France does not belong to the integrated military structure and does not participate in defence planning. Iceland has no armed forces. Figures for the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland begin in 1999, when these three countries joined the Alliance. The figures for 2003 are estimates.