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Top Arms Importing Countries

Name the twenty countries that import the most weapons.
For the ten-year period, 2007-2016
According to SIPRI
Quiz by cuotak
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First submittedAugust 15, 2013
Last updatedJune 15, 2017
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Rank
Country
1
India
2
Saudi Arabia
3
China
4
Pakistan
5
South Korea
6
United Arab Emirates
7
Algeria
8
Australia
9
United States
10
Turkey
Rank
Country
11
Singapore
12
Egypt
13
Iraq
14
Vietnam
15
Greece
16
Venezuela
17
Indonesia
18
United Kingdom
19
Japan
20
Israel
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level 34
Dec 30, 2013
What the heck is Singapore doing with all those weapons!!? They are less than 300 sq mi/ 750 sq km. Also they are surrounded by Malaysia and Ocean. Are they waiting for Japan to re-invade?
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level 40
Dec 13, 2017
Probably importing the guns, testing them, fixing them, improving on them, etc etc
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level 76
Jun 16, 2017
Surprised to see a couple of these on here - most notably, China and the US, since I generally think of them as exporters rather than importers (as far as weapons are concerned).
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level 83
Jun 16, 2017
It's not a net calculation - you don't subtract the amount you import from the amount you export to come up with a total. The US can sell missile guidance systems to South Korea while also importing ammunition from that same country.
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level 23
Jan 31, 2018
The US imports a lot of guns from European companies for civilian use. Glock, Baretta, H&K. Not to mention some of the military arms that come from allied countries
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level 56
Jun 10, 2019
Spot on. The SAW, M9, and many more are all imported.
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level 58
Oct 14, 2017
Greece at 15?
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level 69
Dec 13, 2017
Greece is a western, European, country close to Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, Middle East (Israel, Syria) and Africa (Libya and Egypt). Also lots of refugees enter Europe via Greece since it's the first country on their path, so maybe they also count military ships as "weapons" in order to patrol the mediterranean sea
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level 55
Dec 13, 2017
Well, the refugee flow stopped since the EU made a dodgy deal with Turkey. And the Greek state is basically under budget control until 2037, being forced to basically sell any government agency worth selling, restricting all costs. So large military spending is peculiar.
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level 71
Dec 13, 2017
Not necessarily military spending? Athens is a major trading port. Also, building up numbers in the military (at EU expense) is a strategy to get more people off welfare
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level 58
Oct 15, 2018
Try being next to Turkey, Albania, FYROM and Bulgaria. All former enemies of Greece and most of them still claiming greek soil. Turkey alone is an 80mil people islamic powerhouse under the rule of a dictator who wants to reinstate the ottoman empire.
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level 51
Oct 24, 2017
Officially *
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level 60
Dec 13, 2017
I don't know how many quizzes I do not type "Singapore" because I think "oh no, it is so small as to be here". Yet it is ¬¬
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level 48
Dec 13, 2017
Singapore is my default answer, as in: Who hit the most home runs in the 1930s? Singapore What pastry is often eaten with tomato soup in Mali? Singapore What treaty was signed by both France and Bhutan? Singapore I'm sure you get the Singapore.
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level 53
Dec 13, 2017
Same here! Which cocktail contains lemon juice, gin and cherry brandy? Which dish has curried noodles with shrimp, pork and vegetables? Which country has the biggest Yakult bottle in South-East Asia? That's right.
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level 66
Dec 13, 2017
Turkey. Always Turkey.
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level 70
Dec 14, 2017
Awarded Best Actor in 1973? Singapore.
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level 79
Nov 3, 2018
Who holds back the electric car? Who makes Steve Guttenberg a star?
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level 55
Dec 15, 2017
Strange not to see Armenia on this list
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level 64
Mar 7, 2019
To answer the questions about Singapore: there is a high level of piracy in the Straight of Malacca between the Malay Peninsula and Sumatra. Singapore needs to military intervene to keep the area safe for shipping. If it doesn't do so, shipping companies will use other routes (discussions about openning a canal through the Thai part of the Malay Peninsula) and Singapore will see a decline in its port activities, which is one of its main ressources.
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level 55
Sep 2, 2019
Hmm, if my career plans ever fall through, being a pirate in Singapore sounds both fun and lucrative!