Tirana, 26 August 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
Albania spends 41 USD per capital for military purposes, says a report published by SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) for 2015.
Thus, Albania is ranked as the country with the lowest military expenses in the world.
Kosovo, which still doesn’t have a Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces, spends 27 USD per capita.
Albania has been a NATO member since 2009. At that time, Albanian authorities were told that they should increase their military budget at no less than 2% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product).
This has not yet happened.
Referring to 2015, defence budget was 1,14%, according to the report.
Meanwhile, in 2014, according to the Minister of Defence, Mimi Kodheli, the defence budget was 1,2%.
As far as neighboring countries are concerned, in 2015, FYR Macedonia spent 51 USD per capita, Montenegro spent 104 USD, Greece 457 USD and Italy 290 USD. In Europe, Norway has the highest defence expenses with 1,147 USD per capita.
In the USA, defence expenses for 2015 were 3,3% of the GDP, in China they were 1,9% and in Japan, they were 1%. These values indicate the amounts spent per capita – including children – and do not take power into consideration. /balkaneu.com/