Top 10 Most Generous Countries In The World
Generosity seems to be a dying art these days. However, it’s not completely gone as exemplified by the countries on today’s list. From feeding the poor to welcoming guests, our world needs more generosity, which is why we want to highlight these outstanding countries! Based on the World Giving Index by UK charity CAF America, countries are ranked according to how they perform in three areas – helping strangers, volunteering time, and donating money. These are the Top 10 Most Generous Countries In The World.
The World Giving Index gives countries scores on volunteering, helping strangers and donating money, which are then combined to give it a global ranking. While Malaysia may have fallen from seventh place, its people still score well for helping strangers (27th globally) and donating funds (17th) but the proportion giving time to volunteer has fallen from 41% to 37%.
The country falls from fourth place in the 2014 rankings. When it comes to giving money, the Irish are the eighth most generous in the world but the proportion of those willing to help strangers has fallen, making it the 37th most stranger-friendly country.
8. Sri Lanka
The country has a strong commitment to volunteering – it is ranked second for giving up time to help others and 48% of its people take part in a volunteering activity.
Following its first ever placement outside the top 10 last year, the Netherlands has returned in seventh place with rises across all three measures: helping a stranger, volunteering and donating money.
6. United Kingdom
Last year the UK was joint seventh with Malaysia. This year there was a slight increase in the proportion of the population volunteering – 32% compared with 29% last year.
Not much movement from Australia this year. It has moved just one place higher from sixth to fifth driven by a rise in donating to charity (6%) and time spent volunteering (3%).
Fewer Canadians gave money this year but 44% of the population offered up time to volunteer.
3. New Zealand
New Zealanders were the fourth most active nation for volunteering this year and the number giving money to charity rose by 11%.
The US was joint first last year, and now falls to second place. This was driven by a 5% decrease in those donating money, placing it 12th in the world for charitable donations. But a very high proportion of the population helps strangers (76%) with the US only beaten on this by Liberia (78%) and Iraq (79%).
For the third year running Myanmar topped the donation and volunteering tables, with 92% of people donating money in 2014. Most people are devout Theravada Buddists, and charitable giving is integral to their religion. While donations tend to be small, many give daily.