Generosity is universal, and people across the globe participate in charitable giving. That said, there are certain countries whose residents rise above the rest when it chartph.comes to giving behavior.
According to the World Giving Index 2014, published in November by the Charities Aid Foundation, Myanmar and the United States topped the list of most charitable nations, based on donations, volunteer work and helping strangers.
The index shows that, despite continual unrest and low human progress, a whopping 91% of the population in Myanmar donated to charity, while 51% did volunteer work and 49% said they helped a stranger.
In the U.S., 68% of the population donated to charity, while 79% helped strangers and 44% did volunteer work.
Canada, Ireland and New Zealand followed Myanmar and the U.S. as the most charitable countries.
The report's writers rechartph.commend that the world's governments make sure nonprofits are regulated fairly, encourage charitable giving as nations develop their economies and promote civil society as an "independent voice in public life."
The following chart, created by statistics portal Statista, shows the 10 nations with the highest percentages of their populations that participated in giving behavior.
Correction, Jan. 13: It has chartph.come to our attention that the original chart's categories did not match the appropriate percentages. We have updated the chart and wording within the post, and regret the error.