Military Expenditure as a Percentage of GDP is one of the 23 indicators of peace measured by the Global Peace Index. It is an 'external' indicator of peace, meaning it measures peace outside a country.
Military Expenditure as a Percentage of GDP is a quantitative measure of the amount spent by central governments on their armed forces, including paramilitary forces and support costs, as a percentage of a country’s Gross Domestic Product.
Military Expenditure as a Percentage of GDP is scored on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest).
In countries that score 1, military expenditure forms 3.11% or less of GDP.
In countries that score 5, military expenditure forms 12.97% or more of GDP.
Military Expenditure as a Percentage of GDP is a quantitative measurement, with data sourced from the International Institute for Strategic Studies. GDP figures were sourced from published data by the Economist Intelligence Unit, or the World Bank when unavailable.
The Global Peace Index is comprised of 23 indicators that measure the existence or absence of violence or the fear of violence. These include:
Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict
Societal safety and security
Find out more about how the Global Peace Index is constructed, what it measures and what the results show in the Global Peace Index Report.Related Articles
The Global Peace Index measures the state of peace in 162 countries according to 23 qualitative and quantitative indicators of peace. Find out more about how the index is constructed, a description of the indicators and the scores.
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