Kiwis and Aussies most generous in the world
By David Crary
8:05 AM Thursday Sep 9, 2010

NEW YORK - Australia and New Zealand shared first place in a first-of-its kind survey ranking 153 nations on the willingness of their citizens to donate time and money to charity.

China ranked near the bottom, barely higher than last-place Madagascar.

The report, released overnight by the British-based Charities Aid Foundation, showed striking variations in charitable behaviour around the world.

For example, it found that only 4 per cent of Lithuanians gave money to charity, compared with 83 per cent of people in Malta; 61 per cent of people in Turkmenistan did volunteer work, compared with 2 per cent of Cambodians.

The overall rankings were a composite of three categories - the percentage of people who donated money, donated time and helped a stranger in the month prior to being surveyed.

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