ESA’s table showing subscriptions for the space agency’s new three-year, 14.4 billion euro budget lists countries alphabetically. While that is certainly diplomatic, the order makes the figures a bit difficult to analyze.
So, I did a little reordering of the table. The results are below.
(Millions of Euros)
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Unsurprisingly, the subscriptions largely follow the size of the countries’ economies. The big four contributors — Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom — account for 9.895 billion euros or 68.8 percent of contributions.
When Spain and Belgium — the only nations that exceed 5 percent apiece — are included, the figures increase to 11.563 million euros to 80.4 percent.
Eighteen nations account for 19.6 percent of the budget. Eleven of them will contribute less than 1 percent of the budget each. The amounts contributed by the 18 nations range from 542 million euros from Switzerland to 5 million euros from Slovenia.
Canada, which is an ESA cooperating state, will contribute 114 million euros to the budget. That is a higher amount than eight European nations.
Slovenia is the only other country on the list that is not a full member of ESA. It is an associate member, a status that usually precedes full membership.