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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 2016. According to the UN
Last updated: December 13, 2016
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Contributions
Country
$ 604 mil
United States
$ 242 mil
Japan
$ 194 mil
China
$ 160 mil
Germany
$ 121 mil
France
$ 112 mil
United Kingdom
$ 94.9 mil
Brazil
$ 93.8 mil
Italy
$ 76.7 mil
Russia
$ 71.5 mil
Canada
Contributions
Country
$ 61.1 mil
Spain
$ 58.1 mil
Australia
$ 50.8 mil
South Korea
$ 37.0 mil
Netherlands
$ 36.0 mil
Mexico
$ 28.4 mil
Saudi Arabia
$ 28.4 mil
Switzerland
$ 25.5 mil
Turkey
$ 23.8 mil
Sweden
$ 22.1 mil
Belgium
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level 80
Dec 14, 2016
Funny about Switzerland. Considering they didn't join until 2002.
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level 69
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 63
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 67
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 49
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 53
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 45
Jun 5, 2017
I CONDEMN YOU -UN
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level 63
Jun 5, 2017
^The scariest thing the UN can do./s
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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 71
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 ∞
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 ∞
Feb 19, 2017
I agree! American intervention in world affairs post WWII has been expensive and largely bad for the U.S.. Let's drastically decrease U.S. military spending, and bolster the militaries of the other NATO countries. But if we can't do that, I'm not sure how I'd feel about Russia or China being the dominant military force on the planet.
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level 75
Feb 22, 2017
people are so naive
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level 59
Feb 19, 2017
It's like democracy. Far from perfect but it's the best we have.
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level 68
Feb 19, 2017
Ineffective? Tell that Smallpox.
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level 64
Feb 19, 2017
Shut up.
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level 72
Dec 15, 2016
Is that only contribution "directly" to UN or to all agencies combined?
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level 38
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 64
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 53
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 78
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 63
Feb 21, 2017
Whenever North and South Korea unify, I may think about it.
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level 48
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 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 50
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.