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Fact of the Week: 24 June 2001

In 1998, estimated spending on nuclear weapons and related programs by the United States was $35.1 billion, or just shy of $130 per capita. This figure is at least 10% of 1999 GDP per capita for no less than 40 of the world's countries.

Sources: Brookings Institution (weapons spending); U.S. Census Bureau (U.S. population); and CNN (1999 GDP per capita)

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