Peace-loving Sweden and Switzerland are among top arms exporters per capita in the world

Sweden and Switzerland have a global reputation for being peace-loving countries.

So it seems counterintuitive that they are also the third and fifth biggest arms suppliers per capita in the world, according to data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the World Bank.

Israel ranks No. 1, followed by Russia. Belarus is in fourth place.

1. Israel, $97.71 per capita

2. Russia, $57.72 per capita

3. Sweden, $53.05 per capita

4. Belarus, $35.71 per capita

5. Switzerland, $25.63 per capita

Sweden and Switzerland have long maintained neutral positions in international conflicts, preferring instead to offer assistance through peacekeeping missions and foreign aid.

Yet they appear to have no qualms sending their military equipment to regimes accused of human rights abuses.

via Peace-loving Sweden and Switzerland are among top arms exporters per capita in the world | Public Radio International

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