Australia – world’s third most charitable country

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Moscow: The US has topped a list of countries taking part in charity, followed by Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Russia was ranked 130th in the list.

The study of 153 nations was conducted by Britain’s Charities Aid Foundation.

Called the ‘World Giving Index 2011’, the study ranked the charitable behaviour of people from countries based on how likely their residents are to donate money, volunteer their time and aid strangers.

Britain was ranked the world’s fifth most charitable country. It moved up from the eighth position last year, and was named the second-most generous nation globally in monetary terms.

Results showed that 79 per cent of Britons donate money to charity every month, while 28 per cent of people in the country do volunteer work each month.

The Netherlands, Canada, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Laos completed the top 10 positions.