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Cyprus government spending on defence as share of GDP fourth highest in EU

Cyprus had the fourth highest ratio of government expenditure on defence to GDP in the EU 27 in 2018 according figures published by Eurostat on Monday.

These showed that for Cyprus the ratio stood at 1.9% of GDP, above the EU 27 average of 1.2%.

Eurostat said that in 2018, the 27 EU Member States’ government expenditure on defence amounted to €162 billion, representing 2.6% of total government expenditure. This is equivalent to 1.2% of GDP.

Overall, in the EU, general government expenditure on defence as a percentage of GDP slightly decreased since the beginning of the time series in 2001 (1.4%).

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

In 2018, the ratio of government expenditure on defence to GDP varied across EU Member States from 0.3% in Ireland, 0.5% in both Luxembourg and Malta and 0.6% in Austria to 2.0% in both Estonia and Greece and 2.1% in Latvia.

For more information, refer to the set of statistical articles based on government expenditure by function. An interactive infographic is also available on the Eurostat website.

 

Source dataset: gov_10a_exp

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