The World Charity Giving Index top 20

The list of the 20 countries with the highest World Giving Index scores includes at least one nation from each of the continents surveyed. Overall, eight of the top 20 countries are from Asia, five are from Europe, four are from the Americas, two are from Oceania and one is from Africa.

Australia is the most generous nation in the world, based on interviews conducted in the calendar year 2011. It is followed by Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and the United States of America. These and the four next best-ranked countries – the Netherlands, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and Paraguay – all boast World Giving Index scores of 50% or more. This means that, in each of these nine countries, on average at least half the population is taking part in at least one of the three behaviours donating money, volunteering time and helping a stranger – on a monthly basis. Denmark completes the top 10.

In every country in the top 10, volunteering time was the least common giving behaviour. The 11th to 15th best-ranked countries are Liberia (the only African country in the top 20), Iran, Turkmenistan, Qatar and Sri Lanka. The final five countries to be ranked in the top 20 are Trinidad and Tobago, Finland, the Philippines, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China  and Oman.

In 12 of the top 20 countries, helping a stranger was the most commonplace behaviour. In seven, donating money was most common. Only in one country – Turkmenistan – was volunteering time found to be the most commonplace giving behaviour.


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