How much spend states on defence?

In 2019, the EU Member States’ general government expenditure on defence amounted to EUR 168.5 billion, representing 2.6 % of total general government expenditure. This is equivalent to 1.2 % of GDP.

Since 2014, the share of defence expenditure in total government expenditure increased slightly, while the percentage of GDP remained stable at 1.2 % of GDP.

Highest ratio of government expenditure on defence to GDP in Estonia, lowest in Ireland

In 2019, the ratio of general government expenditure on defence to GDP varied across EU Member States from 0.2 % in Ireland and 0.4 % in Luxembourg to 2.0 % in Greece and 2.1 % in Estonia.

For more information:

www.ec.europa.eu/eurostat/