The Most Generous Countries in the World
Every year, the analytics firm Gallup polls 146 countries to determine which are the most generous with both their time and money. The firm interviews 1000 adults in each country asking if they have donated money to a cause, helped a stranger or volunteered their time. A connection between a strong economy and civic engagement has been established, but it is not as strong as some may think. Here are the world's most generous countries.
With a free-market economy focused on finance and international trade, Hong Kong has a per capita GDP of $61,500 and a median household income of $35,443. Hong Kong's population is approximately 7.2 million people.
Iran's economic focus continues to be on oil and natural gas exports, but other sectors, such as agriculture and industry, also play a role in supporting Iran's population of 83 million people. Iran's GDP per capita is $20,100, and its median household income us $13,178.
The country of Libya has endured much hardship recently after the overthrow of the dictator Muammar Gaddafi . The country's population of 6.7 million people has a GDP per capita of $9,600. The country's economy depends highly on its oil and gas exports.
Sri Lanka's economy suffers the effects of high debt payments owed to the International Monetary Fund. The country has a population of 21.4 million and a per capita GDP of $12, 900. The median household income in Sri Lanka is $1,385.
Switzerland boasts a population of 8.42 million people, and many of them are skilled laborers. The country has a low unemployment rate and large service, industrial and financial sectors. The country has a GDP per capita of $80,189.70 and a median household income of $34,608.
The small island nation of Mauritius has an estimated 1.2 million people. The GDP per capita of the island ist $10,490.50, while the median household income in Mauritius is $9,922.
Denmark has a population of 5.8 million people. The GDP per capita of Denmark is a respectable $56,307.41, while the median household income in the country is $44,360. Denmark's economy is growing in part as a result of government efforts to train unemployed individuals.
Trinidad and Tobago
As a result of its petroleum and natural gas exports, Trinidad and Tobago is one of the wealthier countries in the Carribean. The country has a population of 1.2 million and a GDP per capita of $16,126.37. The gross national income per capita is $15,340.
Germany boasts the largest economy in all of Europe. The country has a population estimated at 82.8 million people and a GDP per capita of $44,469.91. The median household income for the country is $33,333.
Zambia had one of the fastest-growing economies in the world up until 2014. Copper prices fell at that time, reducing growth. The African country has a population estimated to be 16 million people and a GDP per capita of $1,513.28. The median household income is $1,501.
Sierra Leone was devastated by a civil war that ended in 2002. The population of the African country is very poor, with slightly under half of the country's working population in agriculture. Sierra Leone's population is estimated at 6.3 million. The per capita GDP of the country is just $499.53, while the median household income is $2,330.
Liberia is a country that relies heavily on foreign aid. The population of the country is estimated at 4.8 million. The per capita GDP of Liberia is just $694.32, while the median household income of the country is a paltry $781.
With 449,043 people, this small country doesn't have a large population, but the people who live there are quite generous. The per capita GDP of Malta is $26,903.82, while the median household income is a moderate $21,141.
The people of Iceland proved to be some of the most charitable in the Gallup poll, with 65 percent saying they had given to charity in the last month. This island nation of 343,518 people has a remarkable per capita GDP of Iceland of $70,056.87 and a median household income of $47,000.
Nigeria is an oil-rich and oil-dependent nation. The country's economy tends to follow the same trends as global oil prices, which sent Nigeria into a recession in 2016. Nigeria's economy has been back on the upswing since oil prices have recovered, however.
Canada's economic system is very similar to its southern neighbor’s. The country has a population estimated at 35 million. The per capita GDP of Canada is $45,032.12. The median household income in Canada is $41,280.
The country of Haiti may not be very wealthy, but they scored high in the Gallup poll on civic engagement. The country has a population estimated at $10 million. The per capita GDP of Haiti is just $765.68, while the median household income is $2,735.
Norway has a particularly educated population of 5 million and a stable economy. The per capita GDP of Norway is $75,504.57, the eleventh highest in the world. The median household income of the country is $51,489.
United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates enjoys a high standard of living and a strong economy. The country has an estimated population of 9.7 million people and a per capita GDP of $40,698.85. The median household income in the country is $39,130.
The Netherlands is the sixth-largest economy in the European Union despite its small size and boasts a low unemployment rate and annual trade surplus. The population of the country is estimated at 17 million people. The per capita GDP of the Netherlands is $48,223.16, while the median household income is $38,584.
Bahrain's economy is focused on natural gas and oil exports. The country boasts an estimated population of 1.4 million people. Per capita GDP is $23,655.04, while the median household income is $24,633.
The country formerly known as Burma earned the top spot in this poll previously due to the charitability of its people. Despite Myanmar's 53.4 million citizens only having a GDP per capita of $1,256.66, many Myanmarans are astonishingly generous people.
Despite being a lower to middle-income country, Kenya is one of the highest-ranking countries on the Gallup civic engagement poll. Kenya's population is estimated to be 48 million. The GDP per capita of the country is $1,594.83, while the median household income is $1,870.
With a strong economy and a high per capita GDP of 57,714.30, Singapore scored highly on the Gallup poll, showing its citizens are among the most generous in the world. The tiny country boasts a population of 5.9 million and a median household income of $32,360.
As a particularly wealthy western country, the 61 million citizens of the United Kingdom are often in a better position to give to charities and causes. The country’s per capita GDP is $39,720.44, while the median household income is $31,617.
Ireland's economy suffered from debt challenges in the 2000s, but it has been steadily recovering ever since. As a result, the small country is able to maintain a high per capita GDP, allowing its citizens to be more charitable. The estimated population of Ireland is 5 million. The per capita GDP of the country is $69,330.69, while the median household income is $52,000.
The United States of America donates a lot of money to charitable causes. According to Gallup, the country’s 329 million citizens donated $410 billion in total in 2017, which is over 2 percent of the country's total GDP. The per capita GDP of the country is $59,531.66, while the median household income in the country is $43,585.
New Zealand has seen income levels rise in recent years, leading to its 4.5 million people growing more charitable and cracking the top 3 on this list. The GDP per capita of New Zealand is $49.940.58, while the median household income is $35,562.
Australia’s 23 million people consistently rank amongst the most generous in the world in terms of civic engagement. The GDP per capita for Australia is $53,799.94. The median household income is $46,555.
Indonesia is not a particularly wealthy country, but its 262 million citizens are quite generous. The country topped the Gallup poll and can boast the most generous people in the world. The GDP per capita is $3,846.86, while the median household income is $2,199.