European Union Military Spending/Defense Budget 1960-2023

Military expenditures data from SIPRI are derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditures on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces; defense ministries and other government agencies engaged in defense projects; paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations; and military space activities. Such expenditures include military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions of military personnel and social services for personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid (in the military expenditures of the donor country).
  • European Union military spending/defense budget for 2020 was $232.81B, a 6.88% increase from 2019.
  • European Union military spending/defense budget for 2019 was $217.82B, a 0.58% increase from 2018.
  • European Union military spending/defense budget for 2018 was $216.55B, a 10.27% increase from 2017.
  • European Union military spending/defense budget for 2017 was $196.38B, a 6.02% increase from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Country Name Billions of US $
World $1,928.85B
OECD members $1,282.14B
North America $800.99B
East Asia & Pacific $428.86B
European Union $232.81B
Euro Area $194.71B
South Asia $90.10B
Latin America & Caribbean $51.88B
Sub-Saharan Africa $17.62B
European Union Military Spending/Defense Budget - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2020 $232.81B 1.56%
2019 $217.82B 1.39%
2018 $216.55B 1.36%
2017 $196.38B 1.34%
2016 $185.23B 1.33%
2015 $178.73B 1.32%
2014 $208.43B 1.33%
2013 $208.86B 1.37%
2012 $206.79B 1.41%
2011 $222.84B 1.42%
2010 $214.96B 1.48%
2009 $227.02B 1.54%
2008 $237.82B 1.46%
2007 $212.64B 1.45%
2006 $188.65B 1.49%
2005 $177.35B 1.49%
2004 $178.98B 1.57%
2003 $158.08B 1.60%
2002 $128.87B 1.60%
2001 $119.39B 1.62%
2000 $120.60B 1.66%
1999 $134.77B 1.70%
1998 $136.37B 1.73%
1997 $136.01B 1.77%
1996 $151.11B 1.80%
1995 $150.12B 1.82%
1994 $136.80B 1.94%
1993 $134.27B 2.02%
1992 $149.79B 2.09%
1991 $141.78B 2.20%
1990 $144.15B 2.39%
1989 $120.91B 2.46%
1988 $121.39B 2.54%
1987 $114.63B 2.64%
1986 $93.57B 2.61%
1985 $70.03B 2.69%
1984 $67.79B 2.74%
1983 $72.05B 2.81%
1982 $74.60B 2.84%
1981 $75.80B 2.81%
1980 $83.97B 2.73%
1979 $76.31B 2.77%
1978 $72.66B 2.80%
1977 $68.39B 2.82%
1976 $60.39B 2.80%
1975 $58.27B 2.88%
1974 $50.47B 2.85%
1973 $44.82B 2.82%
1972 $37.69B 2.92%
1971 $32.21B 2.88%
1970 $28.78B 2.87%
1969 $26.70B 3.06%
1968 $24.94B 3.29%
1967 $23.59B 3.33%
1966 $22.24B 3.38%
1965 $20.87B 3.39%
1964 $19.86B 3.50%
1963 $18.90B 3.59%
1962 $17.18B 3.76%
1961 $14.91B 3.73%
1960 $13.52B 3.82%