The export of weapons by Dutch companies rose 22% to €408m last year, according to Swedish research group Sipri, quoted in the Volkskrant.
In global terms, the weapons trade rose 25% to some $30bn, Sipri said. The growth, based on ‘sales, gifts and production licences’, is due to ‘an amalgam of regional conflicts,’ researcher Pieter Wezeman told the paper.
The US accounts for some 30% of the weapons trade, followed by Russia on 24% and Germany on 9%.
Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl
The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.
DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.