Special Report

Countries With the Most US Military Bases

Source: Courtesy of Air Force photo by Kelly White

20. Canada
> Number of installations: 1
> Size: 185 acres (value not available)
> Largest installation: Argentia Newfoundland
> Canada population: 36,708,083
> GDP per capita: $44,018

The United States gained the military base Argentia Newfoundland as part of the Leased Bases Agreement with Great Britain in 1941 in exchange for 50 aging American destroyers. The United States still retains the base in the Canadian province of Newfoundland under a 99-year lease agreement. Other American bases in Canada closed after the war, but Argentia continued to operate as a U.S. naval facility until 1994, when the last remaining American military service members left the base. It remains on the books as U.S. base.

Source: Courtesy of U.S. Army Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Osvaldo Sanchez

19. Bulgaria
> Number of installations: 1
> Size: N/A ($137.9 million)
> Largest installation: Novo Selo Training Area
> Bulgaria population: 7,075,947
> GDP per capita: $18,606

The Novo Selo Training Area is a joint U.S.-Bulgarian military base at Novo Selo in the eastern section of the Balkan country. The American presence has grown in the nations that have joined NATO since 2016, in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and aggression in Ukraine. Bulgaria, a former member of the Warsaw Pact, has been a NATO member since 2004. In 2006, the country signed a defense cooperation agreement with the United States.

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18. Spain
> Number of installations: 2
> Size: 9,390 acres valued at $2.8 billion
> Largest installation: Naval Station Rota
> Spain population: 46,593,171
> GDP per capita: $34,269

One of two bases with U.S. military presence in Spain, Naval Station Rota is located in the southern part of the country and was established in 1953. It provides logistical support and serves as a strategic presence in the eastern Mediterranean Sea for the U.S. Navy. It supports U.S. naval forces in Europe and Africa, including the 6th Fleet, at a nearly 6,000-acre facility. .

Source: Courtesy of U.S. Army photo by Spc. Jennifer Grier / Released

17. Peru
> Number of installations: 2
> Size: N/A ($19.8 million)
> Largest installation: Naval Medical Research Unit 6
> Peru population: 32,165,485
> GDP per capita: $12,237

Naval Medical Research Unit 6, one of two bases with U.S. military presence in Peru, is located in the Peruvian capital of Lima since 1983. The unit conducts research on infectious diseases such as malaria and yellow fever that pose a threat to American military assets in that region of South America.

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16. Kuwait
> Number of installations: 2
> Size: N/A ($1.2 billion)
> Largest installation: Camp Arifjan
> Kuwait population: 4,136,528
> GDP per capita: $65,531

Camp Arifjan in Kuwait is primarily a U.S. Army base in Kuwait, though Air Force, Navy, and Marine personnel also use its facilities. It is a forward-deployment camp, meaning that troops going to or leaving from strategically important countries like Iraq pass through Camp Arifjan. The country hosts the U.S. military in one other base near the city of Udairi.

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