Germany - military spending 2001-2018

Military spending in Germany has increased in recent years. In 2018, it amounted to almost 49.5 billion U.S. dollars. Military spending is regulated by a military budget, otherwise referred to as a defence budget.

German army

Germany is known for having had comparatively low military expenditure in recent years. Based on definitions provided by NATO, military or defense spending is supported not only by the military budget, but also by the Foreign Office for peacemaking and peacekeeping measures. Germany has a Ministry of Defence (Bundesministerium der Verteidigung). The current Minister of Defence Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Her duties include not only being the commander in chief of the German armed forces (Bundeswehr) in times of peace. She is also heading the German army administration and overseeing civilian staff in the military.

International operations

Based on a survey among the population regarding Germany’s international relations, 43 percent of respondents considered that current dangers and threats necessitated increased military spending from the government. The largest number of German soldiers participating in international operations was stationed in Afghanistan, followed by Mali and Syria or Iraq.

Military spending in Germany from 2001 to 2018

Loading statistic...
You need to log in to download this statistic
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Show detailed source information?
Register for free
Already a member?
Log in
Source

Release date

April 2019

Region

Germany

Survey time period

2001 to 2018*

Supplementary notes

* based on value of US dollar in 2017. Exception: The figure for 2018 refers to the recent price.

Figures were rounded for a better understanding of the statistic.

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $468 / Year
Basic Account
Get to know the platform

You only have access to basic statistics.

Single Account
Your perfect start with Statista
  • Instant access to 1m statistics
  • Download in XLS, PDF & PNG format
  • Detailed references
$59 $39 / Month *
in the first 12 months
Corporate Account
Full access

Corporate solution including all features.

* All products require an annual contract; Prices do not include sales tax.

Statistics on "The Iraq Inquiry"

Statista Accounts: Access All Statistics. Starting from $468 / Year
Learn more about how Statista can support your business.