Danes among the world’s most generous givers

Danes among the world's most generous givers
Even the prime minister donates her time: PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt at the homeless shelter Mændenes Hjem earlier this month. Photo: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix
Danes are in the top 20 globally when it comes to their willingness to donate their time, money and assistance, a new study shows.

Danes are among the most generous people in the world according to the World Giving Index 2014. Coming in at number 18 on the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) rankings, Danes are more giving of their time and money than their immediate neighbours but behind less wealthy countries like Kenya and Trinidad and Tobago.

Myanmar and the United States tied to top the list and just five of the most generous countries are among the world's 20 largest economies. According to CAR, 11 of the G20 nations fail to even crack the top 50 in the generosity index.

The World Giving Index is based on the percentage of people in a given month who donate their money to charity, their time to a volunteer cause or help a stranger. The index looked at charitable behaviour in 135 countries.

Of the three behaviours, Danes were the most likely to donate their money, with 62 percent of Danish respondents reported that they had donated money within the last month. Fifty-five percent of Danes said they had helped a stranger and 23 percent volunteered their time.

Denmark's top 20 placing came as no surprise to Anders Ladekarl, the general secretary of the Danish Red Cross.

'I would have thought that Danes would have been ranked even higher. We experience a strong desire to give amongst Danes – both in terms of time and money,' Ladekarl told Metroxpress.

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Earlier this month, Danes handed over more than 16 million kroner in the Danish Refugee Council's annual door-to-door collection campaign, the best result in ten years.

Danes were well above immediate neighbours Sweden and Germany, which were ranked as the 40th and 28th most generous nations in the world, respectively.

Worldwide, CAF estimates that 2.3 billion people helped a stranger in 2014, while 1.4 billion donated money and 1.0 billion volunteered their time. More stats from the World Giving Index 2014 are below and the full rankings can be seen here.

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