The main priorities for any state are care for the health and safety of its citizens. Depending on which of the two tasks is considered a priority, the specifics of tax policy and the amounts that are deducted for health care and military spending are determined.
Visual Capitalist provides a curious graph showing how much 46 countries around the world invested in health and military spending in 2018 per capita.
Health expenditure figures are taken from reports from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). These figures do not include private insurance and out-of-pocket expenses. Military expenditures are from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
Top 10 countries that spend the most on health and military spending
Country Health expenditure per capita Military expenditure
US $ 9,008.77 $ 2,086.50
Norway $ 5,361.00 $ 1,323.90
Germany $ 5,262.83 $ 559.50
Switzerland $ 4,687.26 $ 546.00
Sweden $ 4,623.68 $ 574.90
Netherlands $ 4,461.30 $ 651.50
Denmark $ 4,441.07 $ 792.50
Luxembourg $ 4,385.66 $ 650.80
France $ 4,310.55 $ 791.00
Austria $ 4,137.25 $ 381.00
* Russia is near the end of the list. In terms of health care expenditures, we are between Bulgaria and Colombia at $ 864.10 per capita.
However, on military needs, unlike the overwhelming majority of countries, Russia spends only half as much as on health. In terms of spending on weapons from $ 426.40 per capita, we are between Italy and Portugal. Top 10 countries that spend the most on healthcare
Country Healthcare expenditure per capita% of GDP
US $ 9,008.77 14.3%
Norway $ 5,361.00 8.6%
Germany $ 5,262.83 9.7%
Switzerland $ 4,687.26 7.6%
Sweden $ 4,623.68 9.3%
Netherlands $ 4,461.30 8.2%
Denmark $ 4,441.07 8.5%
Luxembourg $ 4,385.66 4.4%
France $ 4,310.55 9.4%
Austria $ 4,137.25 7.7%
* The United States leads the world in public health spending - 1.5 times more than the second Norway. However, this does not necessarily lead to better outcomes, such as higher life expectancy, compared to other developed countries.
* These figures do not cover all health care costs of citizens, as they do not include private insurance costs or out-of-pocket costs. According to the OECD, these additional costs are highest in countries such as Switzerland and the United States. Top 10 countries that spend more on weapons than others.
Country Military expenditure per capita% of GDP Total expenditure
Israel $ 2,357.50 5.3% $ 19.759 million
US $ 2,086.50 3.3% $ 682.491 million
Norway $ 1,323.90 1.6% $ 7,067 million
Australia $ 1,078.00 1.9% $ 26,840 million
South Korea $ 841.70 2.5% $ 43.070 million
Denmark $ 792.50 1.3 $% $ 4.559 million
France $ 791.00 1.3% $ 51.410 million
UK $ 743.10 1.8% $ 49.892 million
Finland $ 680.30 1.4% $ 3.757 million
Netherlands $ 651.50 1.2% $ 11.115 million
* Israel has the highest military spending per capita. It is the only country on the list to invest more in defense than healthcare.
* The United States ranks second, but in absolute terms it invests more in military spending than many other countries combined - almost $ 700 billion a year.