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Mapping Arms Data – everything you didn’t want to know about arms sales across the world in the past 20 years


There’s something mind-bogglingly sad about a world where one of the most successful industries revolves around selling tools to kill and maim other members of the species. Preferably as efficiently and in as great a number as possible. Isn’t that weird? When you really really think about it?

Of course it helps if you don’t think about it too much, but just in case you were a little interested in how much the whole thing is worth, this rather gorgeous Mapping Arms Data graphic will help you understand in moments. The strangest thing is how many really tiny countries export arms to the world. For instance the minuscule Swedish nation exported over $43 million worth in 2011 and nanoscale Barbados exported $90,000 worth. Amazing.

Trinidad, however, did zero business, export or import.

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