LatAm: military spending as share of govt. expenditure 2018, by country

During 2018, the military spending of Colombia accounted for 11.6 percent of the country's governmental expenditure. In Latin America, Colombia is followed by Chile, whose military expenditure accounted for approximately 7.4 percent of the government's expenses.

Likewise, Colombia is the Latin American country with the highest military expenditure as percentage of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Military spending as percentage of government expenditure in selected countries of Latin America in 2018

Share of government expenses
Colombia 11.6%
Ecuador 6.4%
Uruguay 5.8%
Peru 5.6%
Paraguay 4.8%
Guyana 4.4%
Jamaica 4.4%
El Salvador *4.2%
Dominican Republic4.1%
Bolivia 3.9%
Belize 3.9%
Brazil 3.9%
Guatemala 2.9%
Trinidad & Tobago2.4%
Nicaragua 2.2%
Mexico 2.1%
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Release date

April 2019


Central and South America, Mexico

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

* Estimates.
** The source informs that data for the indicated countries remains uncertain due to unreliable inflation figures.

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