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20 countries that donate most money and time to help the poor

December 06, 2013 13:46 IST

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While many of us give money to help others, there are some countries that not only donate lots of cash but also time to strangers.

Let's take a look at 20 most generous nations.

Note: The percentage denotes how many people in the country give money or time to strangers

Source: World Giving Index

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Australia

Donating money: 76 per cent

Volunteering time: 37 per cent

Helping a stranger: 67 per cent

World Giving Index score: 60 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 1

Australia, which has a per capita income of $43,042, devotes most time and money to help the poor.

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Image: People sit down for a Christmas Day lunch served by more than 200 volunteers at a converted train workshop in Sydney, Australia. The lunch, organised by The Salvation Army and open to anyone who wished to attend, fed and entertained hundreds of elderly citizens, disadvantaged families and homeless people.
Photographs: Tim Wimborne/Reuters
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Ireland

Donating money: 79 per cent

Volunteering time: 34 per cent

Helping a stranger: 66 per cent

World Giving Index score: 60 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 2

Ireland, which has a per capita income of $43,592, sees 79 per cent of its citizens donating money.

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Image: Homeless people beg for money on O'Connell bridge in central Dublin, Ireland.
Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
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Canada

Donating money: 64 per cent

Volunteering time: 42 per cent

Helping a stranger: 67 per cent

World Giving Index score: 58 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 3

Canada, which has a per capita income of $43,146, sees 67 per cent of its citizens helping a stranger.

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Image: A homeless man uses an umbrella to protect himself from falling and melting ice in Toronto's financial district, Canada.
Photographs: Reuters
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New Zealand

Donating money: 66 per cent

Volunteering time: 38 per cent

Helping a stranger: 68 per cent

World Giving Index score: 57 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 4

New Zealand, which has a per capita income of $30,804, sees 68 per cent of its citizens helping a stranger.

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Image: People buy fruits at a market in Wellington, New Zealand.
Photographs: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

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United States

Donating money: 57 per cent

Volunteering time: 42 per cent

Helping a stranger: 71 per cent

World Giving Index score: 57 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 5

United States, which has a per capita income of $52,839, sees 71 per cent of its citizens helping a stranger.

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Image: Homeless people eat food donated by a charity organisation in New York.
Photographs: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

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The Netherlands

Donating money: 73 per cent

Volunteering time: 34 per cent

Helping a stranger: 51 per cent

World Giving Index score: 53 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 6

The Netherlands, which has a per capita income of $41,447, sees 73 per cent of its citizens donating money.

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Image: People sit on a quay at the Leliegracht canal in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Photographs: Michael Kooren/Reuters

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Indonesia

Donating money: 71 per cent

Volunteering time: 41 per cent

Helping a stranger: 43 per cent

World Giving Index score: 52 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 7

Indonesia, which has a per capita income of $5,182, sees 71 per cent of its citizens donating money.

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Image: A six-year-old boy carries a small guitar as he begs on the streets of central Jakarta, Indonesia.
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United Kingdom

Donating money: 72 per cent

Volunteering time: 26 per cent

Helping a stranger: 56 per cent

World Giving Index score: 51 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 8

United Kingdom, which has a per capita income of $37,299, sees 72 per cent of its citizens donating money.

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Image: A guest plays chess with a volunteer, right, in a temporary Christmas shelter for homeless people in east London, United Kingdom.
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Paraguay

Donating money: 48 per cent

Volunteering time: 42 per cent

Helping a stranger: 61 per cent

World Giving Index score: 50 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 9

Paraguay, which has a per capita income of $7,326, sees 61 per cent of its citizens helping a stranger.

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Image: Members of Homeless Movement hold a march in downtown Asuncion, Paraguay.
Photographs: Rickey Rogers/Reuters
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Denmark

Donating money: 70 per cent

Volunteering time: 23 per cent

Helping a stranger: 54 per cent

World Giving Index score: 49 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 10

Denmark, which has a per capita income of $37,657, sees 70 per cent of its citizens donating money.

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Image: A man sells roses at a pedestrian road in central Copenhagen, Denmark.
Photographs: Christian Charisius/Reuters
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Liberia

Donating money: 12 per cent

Volunteering time: 53 per cent

Helping a stranger: 81 per cent

World Giving Index score: 49 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 11

Liberia, which has a per capita income of $672, sees 81 per cent of its citizens helping a stranger.

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Image: A woman sells toys at a market in the Liberian capital Monrovia.
Photographs: Tim Cocks/Reuters
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Iran

Donating money: 51 per cent

Volunteering time: 24 per cent

Helping a stranger: 70 per cent

World Giving Index score: 48 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 12

Iran, which has a per capita income of $12,986, sees 70 per cent of its citizens helping a stranger.

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Image: A worker prepares coffee for customers in central Tehran, Iran.
Photographs: Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters
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Turkmenistan

Donating money: 30 per cent

Volunteering time: 58 per cent

Helping a stranger: 56 per cent

World Giving Index score: 48 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 13

Turkmenistan, which has a per capita income of $7,846, sees 58 per cent of its citizens volunteering time.

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Image: People wait in a queue to get their pensions and other payments in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
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Qatar

Donating money: 53 per cent

Volunteering time: 17 per cent

Helping a stranger: 71 per cent

World Giving Index score: 47 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 14

Qatar, which has a per capita income of $102,943, sees 71 per cent of its citizens helping a stranger.

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Image: A view of Doha, Qatar.
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Sri Lanka

Donating money: 42 per cent

Volunteering time: 43 per cent

Helping a stranger: 55 per cent

World Giving Index score: 47 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 15

Sri Lanka, which has a per capita income of $6,135, sees 55 per cent of its citizens helping a stranger.

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Image: A boy splashes coloured water on a girl during the Holi festival celebrations organised by the Indian High Commission to Sri Lanka in Colombo.
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Trinidad and Tobago

Donating money: 44 per cent

Volunteering time: 30 per cent

Helping a stranger: 62 per cent

World Giving Index score: 45 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 16

Trinidad and Tobago, which has a per capita income of $21,287, sees 62 per cent of its citizens helping a stranger.

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Image: A homeless man walks along the Western Main Road in St James, Trinidad and Tobago.
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Finland

Donating money: 50 per cent

Volunteering time: 27 per cent

Helping a stranger: 57 per cent

World Giving Index score: 45 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 17

Finland, which has a per capita income of $36,395, sees 57 per cent of its citizens helping a stranger.

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Image: A young man begs for money in downtown Helsinki, Finland.
Photographs: Bob Strong/Reuters
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The Philippines

Donating money: 32 per cent

Volunteering time: 44 per cent

Helping a stranger: 58 per cent

World Giving Index score: 45 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 18

The Philippines, which has a per capita income of $4,660, sees 58 per cent of its citizens helping a stranger.

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Image: A girl sits on her belongings after a fire razed hundreds of houses and left more than a thousand families homeless at a slum area in Mandaluyong City in Manila, the Philippines.
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Hong Kong

Donating money: 64 per cent

Volunteering time: 13 per cent

Helping a stranger: 56 per cent

World Giving Index score: 44 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 19

Hong Kong, which has a per capita income of $52,687, sees 64 per cent of its citizens donating money.

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Image: Homeless people sleep outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Photographs: Bobby Yip/Reuters
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Oman

Donating money: 39 per cent

Volunteering time: 22 per cent

Helping a stranger: 72 per cent

World Giving Index score: 44 per cent

World Giving Index ranking: 20

Oman, which has a per capita income of $29,166, sees 72 per cent of its citizens helping a stranger.


Image: A man sits in front of a display of jambiyas (traditional daggers) in Mattrah Souq, the oldest market in Oman, in the capital Muscat.
Photographs: Fahad Shadeed/Reuters
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