Some people are more inclined to offer their time, help or money to complete strangers. What if there was a way to measure just how generous people are around the world? Washington, D.C.-based analytics firm Gallup polls 146 countries every year to find out which country comes out on top.
Through interviews with 1,000 adults age 15 and older based in each country, the firm generated a civic engagement index based on whether residents volunteered time, donated money or helped a stranger in need in the past month. Overall, in 2017 1 billion people worldwide gave their time to an organization, and 1.4 billion donated money to a charity. More than 2 billion said they helped strangers in need.
According to Gallup’s findings, there’s a strong connection between per capita GDP and civic engagement. However, the wealthiest countries are not necessarily the most generous. Myanmar and Indonesia, for example, consistently have taken the top spots over the years, with Australia and the United States trailing behind.
Here are the top 50 countries that scored highest on Gallup’s survey.