Here is our conclusion of the ten Most Giving Countries in the World. The review is based on the 2013 World Giving Index which bases their findings on the number of people in a specific country that would help a stranger, donate money and volunteer to charitable organizations. Number one on the list might even surprise you, so let's review the top five:
5. Ireland – 57%
At 57% as well the Irish have always been known for their giving and caring nature, making sense then that they are ranked as Europe’s most giving country for the third year in a row with an amazing 70% of Irish donating to charity. The giving Irish characteristic is inherent in their culture and is a strong influence from the Catholic Church. 63% Of Irish are willing to help out strangers and 37% devote time to volunteering for good causes.
4. New Zealand – 58%
The Kiwis are an extremely friendly and giving nation with 67% of people willing to help out a stranger, 67% who donate money to charitable causes and 40% who give up their time to volunteer work. It is an integral part of Kiwi culture to give aid to those in need; as evident by the only 4.5 million strong population gathering a whopping $1.4 million dollars in just one month to aid the Philippines during typhoon Hayain. The numbers of volunteers are steadily on the rise, and encouragingly enough, it is the number of young volunteers who keep the tradition alive.
3. Myanmar – 58%
Burma has been the number one most giving developing country with 85% of Burmese donating money to charity, topping any other country in the world. Buddhist culture means a strong belief in karma, and therefore a strong belief in giving and benevolence. Most donations go toward religious causes and 43% of Burmese volunteer time to charitable organizations. The strong culture of volunteerism came about after 2008’s Cyclone Nargis which claimed an estimated 140,000 lives.
2. Canada – 58%
The ever friendly nation take second place in the world ranking with 68% donating money and 64% keen to help out a stranger. 42% Of Canadians offer up their time to volunteer work, therefore perpetuating the world stereotype of Canadians being the most helpful caring nation.
1. United States of America – 61%
America tops the world ranking of generous nations with 77% willing to help a stranger, 62% donating money and 45% participating in volunteer groups. The U.S has impressively risen from 5th place to 1st due to its efforts to increase charitable behavior among its people. Religion has been the key to the nation’s generosity as well as more organized charities popping up everywhere and the country’s general economic prosperity.
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