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Latin America: military expenditure as percentage of GDP 2019, by country

In 2019, the military expenditure of Colombia accounted for approximately 3.2 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP), one of the highest shares in Latin America and the Caribbean. Cuba is also one of the countries in the region with the highest military budget in relation to its GDP, having spent a sum comparable to 2.9 percent of its GDP on military expenditures in 2018, the latest year with available information for that nation.

Still, Brazil is the Latin American country with the largest number of active military personnel.

Military expenditure as percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in selected countries of Latin America and the Caribbean in 2019

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Release date

April 2020



Survey time period

2019 or latest year available

Supplementary notes

* Data from 2018.
** Data from 2017.

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