Added on: 17th Mar 2016
Following a 26 year civil war that ended in 2009, Sri Lanka’s rankings
have risen rapidly. It ranks 3rd in volunteering time and
17th in donating money.
Ranked 4th when it comes to donating money, the UK fares better
than its European counterparts in the area of helping strangers (24th)
Following Typhoon Haiyan which impacted the nearby Philippines,
Malaysia had one of the largest generosity growth spurts of any
country on this list. It went from 71st all the way to 6th. Probably
due to a desire to respond to the disaster, Malaysia is now ranked
10th in time spent volunteering, 15th in donating money and
19th in helping strangers.
Always a top contender, Australia ranked 10th for donating money,
12th for helping strangers, and 16th for volunteering time.
5th in volunteering time, 7th in helping strangers, and 13th when it
comes to donating money, together with Australia, New Zealand
makes Oceania the most generous continent.
Coming in at 4th for donating money and 10th for volunteering time,
it pretty much leads Europe in the helping strangers department (15th).
Ranked 6th for donating money and 5th for volunteering time,
Canada almost breaks the top 10 for all three categories
but comes in 11th for helping strangers.
UNITED STATES AND BURMA (MYANMAR)
That’s right, first place is a tie. Where Canada failed, the United States
succeeded and is therefore the only country to break the top 10
in all three categories. In helping strangers it’s 1st, in volunteering
time it’s 5th, and in donating money it’s 9th. Burma (Myanmar)
ranked 1st in donating money, 2nd in volunteering time, but really
took a hit when it comes to helping strangers (63rd).
Perhaps seeing Burma ranked so high comes as a surprise
but the reasoning is the same as for Thailand. Due to one of the
highest proportional Buddhist monk populations in the world,
the index may be slightly skewed due to the monks receiving
their regular donations from lay people.