World military spending unveiled

At $607bn a year, America spends by far the most in the world on it's military. The UK is third on $60bn; preceded by China on $61bn and followed by Japan, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Russia and South Korea, with India at the bottom of the top ten on $25bn

David McCandless of informationisbeautiful.net posted some pretty pictures and interesting figures about military spending at The Guardian datablog. I don&#8217t really understand why I should be interested in how it relates to GDP though? Surely “defence” spending would be better compared to the area of land or number of people it has to “protect”?

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