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Countries by Contribution to UN Budget

Can you name the countries that contribute the most to the budget of the United Nations?
For 2019. Source: United Nations
Quiz by Gamer1162
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First submittedDecember 13, 2016
Last updatedJuly 23, 2019
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Country
674 mil
United States
335 mil
China
239 mil
Japan
170 mil
Germany
127 mil
United Kingdom
123 mil
France
92.2 mil
Italy
82.2 mil
Brazil
76.2 mil
Canada
67.0 mil
Russia
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Country
63.2 mil
South Korea
61.6 mil
Australia
59.8 mil
Spain
38.2 mil
Turkey
37.8 mil
Netherlands
36.0 mil
Mexico
32.7 mil
Saudi Arabia
32.1 mil
Switzerland
25.5 mil
Argentina
25.3 mil
Sweden
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level 81
Dec 14, 2016
Funny about Switzerland. Considering they didn't join until 2002.
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level 63
Sep 13, 2019
Right! They're usually not so generous with the proceeds of war profiteering, financial fraud, and tax evasion.
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level 70
Dec 15, 2016
US contributes way more than any other country to this useless organization. That needs to stop. The whole thing should be dismantled and the money put to better use.
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level 62
Dec 15, 2016
True, the UN is quite ineffective and rarely will they do something worth while. The US contributes 2.5 times more than what Japan does. It's like with their military spending, we need to cut some of it, not all.
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level 68
Dec 20, 2016
The US have three times the population of Japan, four times the GDP, and thirty times the area. Whichever method you chose, the amount that the US has to pay seems more than fair. Specially if you consider that they have special privileges such as a permanent seat in the security council and veto power. If the UN is inefficient (which it is), perhaps we should try to work to improve. Dismantle it, and then having the create a new forum to discuss international matters would be even a greater waste of money.
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level 50
Feb 19, 2017
The ones that surprised me most were actually The Netherlands and Belgium. Tiny countries, but a large contribution per capita.
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level 54
Feb 19, 2017
Proud American, proud to contribute, unlike Donald the clown
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level 55
Feb 19, 2017
As a Belgian, I can say that we contribute much more per capita to the UN than the US. Same goes for Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, UK, Germany, France, South Korea, Australia and perhaps a few others. The UN might nog be perfect, just as we humans continue to be flawed in most things we do. But they do have accomplishments (solved conflicts in Mozambique, Angola, etc.), helped fight diseases all over the world, preventing last year that ebola spread even further. Children rights are acknowledged, Improvement is maybe needed, but throwing everything overboard is to rash.
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level 32
Feb 20, 2017
I think you should go crunch the numbers as to how much is paid per capita. The US is paying more than you think guy.
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level 56
Aug 8, 2017
Here are the numbers for USA/Belgium. Contribution: 604 million/22.1 million = 27.3 times more. Population 323 million /10.3 million = 31.6 time more people. So, Belgium's contribution is slightly more per capita, but not drastically so.
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level 62
Jul 24, 2019
+rocamorar, the USA has a SC seat because it was a leading fighter in WW2, much like the other P5 members. Veto power is the same reason. That has nothing to do with how much it pays. Kapulani3 is right, the USA donates land, money, and time to a worthless organization that overlooks abuses in China (Tibet and Xinjiang aren't even on the decolonization list) and sides with the disgusting antisemites against Israel. Don't forget how they shamefully threw Taiwan to the wayside for Communist murderers in China.
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level 73
Sep 16, 2019
Countries switched Taiwan for China, not "UN". With US agreement.
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level 72
Dec 15, 2016
I don't think these numbers are of the actual payments - the US is actually $3 billion in arrears, deliberately so.
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level ∞
Jul 23, 2019
This seems to be one of those legends that's hard to prove or disprove. At various times, the US has owed money to the UN. But I believe that the spat had to do with billions in unpaid expenses that the UN owed to the US for peacekeeping activities. It seems to be a politically charged issue, so unbiased sources are hard to find. Without more research I can't say for sure.
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level ∞
Dec 16, 2016
I'd say that the UN's budget is pretty modest. Obviously they are a pretty ineffective organization, but I think they are generally a force for good and for creating more dialogue. At less than $4 billion a year, it's a bargain. Also, on a per-capita basis, the US pays a similar amount to other first world nations.

If we want to talk about areas where the US is shouldering an unfair burden, then military spending is the obvious elephant.

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level 60
Feb 19, 2017
It's like democracy. Far from perfect but it's the best we have.
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level 70
Aug 9, 2019
This saying has kept people back for so long...
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level 76
Aug 27, 2019
@WillemLAif kept people back from what? I'm curious to know what system of government you feel would be a better option.
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level 69
Feb 19, 2017
Ineffective? Tell that Smallpox.
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level 76
Jul 24, 2019
The UN does a lot of good. You probably just don't know about it.
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level 66
Jul 27, 2019
Kalbahamut, I agree with you. One small example - the UN Volunteer programme. I know a bit about this as I was supported by them to work for a year helping to set up the first ever adult emergency department in Malawi. Without their support, I would not have been able to.
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level 70
Jul 27, 2019
Considering the number of sex trafficking reports by UN "peacekeepers" and the fact that the UN sits around and doesn't get actively involved in conflicts -- it's not only a useless organization but a corrupt one.
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level 73
Dec 15, 2016
Is that only contribution "directly" to UN or to all agencies combined?
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level 44
Feb 19, 2017
Great quiz!
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level 43
Feb 19, 2017
Got most of them, but missed a fair few. Was surprised to see Saudi Arabia there, although they produce a lot of oil, they seem to give a sizeable amount of cash to the UN.
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level 63
Feb 19, 2017
A rare 100% in first attempt!
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level 67
Feb 19, 2017
It actually shows more about the countries that spend massive amounts on Arms & Aircraft and little to the UN, but when in assembly those countries have the biggest mouths.
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level 54
Feb 19, 2017
Missed: Brazil (duh), doubted Switzerland, and surprised about Turkey
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level 57
Feb 19, 2017
India has the world's 7th largest economy and doesn't even make the top 20 here. Although the USA contributes the most, I think you'll find if you do the maths, that Japan, Germany, Australia, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden and Belgium all contribute a larger proportion of GDP than the USA. China, however, has an economy 2/3 the size of the USA, and contributes less than a third of the amount.
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level 79
Feb 19, 2017
Missed Belgium. Oh well.
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level 44
Feb 20, 2017
Sweden surprised me the most!
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level 33
Feb 21, 2017
Korea should be a right answer
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level 62
Feb 21, 2017
Whenever North and South Korea unify, I may think about it.
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level 54
Mar 3, 2017
And Germany and Japan don't get to be the permanent members of the security council
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level 34
Jun 5, 2017
Trump is partially correct.
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level 76
Jul 24, 2019
Though it has happened, I think I could probably count the number of times Donald Trump has said something true and correct without running out of fingers.
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level 70
Jul 24, 2019
He meant to lie, but he legitimately had his facts wrong, thus inadvertently producing the truth. It happens to the worst liars sometimes.
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level 61
Jun 5, 2017
The United Nations is as useless as the League of Nations. The only difference is that the UN hasn't been put to the test like the League was.
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level 27
Apr 5, 2018
The UN is not useless , it is a mechanism of control to solve and resolve disputes that effectively has avoided world war theatre combat since WW2. I don't care who you are the UN works and it is a mere fraction of overall military spending to try the carrot approach. Plus this allows for grievances to be brought before the world by any member and or non member state to have their voice heard. I also disagree that the UN hasn't been put to the test. The mere fact it is still alive proves that it has.
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level 53
Mar 1, 2019
They don't care if it is actually useless or not. But they claim it is useless because they think it doesn't directly benefit them. If you're a farmer in Nebraska, it's hard to see why they should care if Pakistan and India go to war or not. I just wish they would be honest about their politics. It's not useless, they just don't care.
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level 73
Sep 16, 2019
The UN wasn't designed to be the world police but to provide a forum for discussion and prevent wars between the major powers, which worked so far. By bringing all countries together as members, it naturally can't be the world moral compass or something. I'm also pretty sure that if it were "more effective", those complaining about it wouldn't like the result.

Never mind that the UN consists of a large number of agencies and thousands of programs that do all sorts of work, prepare agreements for intl. cooperation etc that ultimately bring lots of good to the world, eradicate diseases, provide refugee aid, facilitate air and sea transport and telecommunications etc etc that in many ways ultimately benefit also a farmer in Nebraska. Wars seem to be the most difficult to manage but that's pretty much a human fault, not limited to UN.
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level 52
Apr 27, 2019
Those who say that the US should be putting the money used for UN contribution to "better use" should definitely put things into perspective, especially when we're talking about the world's first economy, 604M dollars is not a lot, at all. To give you an idea, for the year 2020, Overseas Contingency Operations were estimated to cost approximately $174 billion (that includes the war on terror, wars in Iraq, in Afghanistan). Now, we can still debate how much the UN really is useful for maintaining world peace, but only a few that are delusional would argue that the US overseas military actions are doing a better job. But I'll admit, even though it proves one's point, it is not only about military expenditures. If you have a look at the whole US federal budget, the amount that goes to the UN is negligible, a drop in the ocean. Not to mention that the UN was never created to meet US interests. It is still not the case today, even if they are the biggest net contributor. Sincerely.
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level 20
May 25, 2019
3:48: GG
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level 65
Jul 24, 2019
This quiz proves my rule of thumb with Jetpunk quizzes: when in doubt, guess Turkey. It won't always be the correct answer, but if you have one country left to guess, and you have not already guessed Turkey, go for it. I think your odds are pretty decent.
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level 70
Jul 24, 2019
And always forget to put Cuba.
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level 70
Jul 24, 2019
I'm not interested in playing the guessing game, so quit early.
16/20 (80%) is better than only 1.1% of the rest of you guessers. Interesting.
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level 46
Jul 24, 2019
Why isn't India doing anything? Considering that they have a huge economy and a large population, they should be able to donate. It's not because they are developing. China, Turkey, and Mexico are developing and they donate lots.
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level 68
Jul 24, 2019
It's not that India 'isn't doing anything', they only narrowly missed a spot in this quiz as they're currenty #21 in contribution. You also mention China, Mexico and Turkey. These countries are far more developed than India and have a much higher GDP per capita than India.
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