Stat of the day: 5th

Britain's ranking in the table of the world's most charitable countries. What a generous lot...

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
Us Brits may be suffering the twin indignities of pay-busting inflation and austerity measures that would put Ebeneezer Scrooge himself to shame, but it seems we’re still giving as generously as ever. According to the Charities Aid Foundation’s World Giving Index 2011, the UK is now the fifth most charitable country in the world.

Above us in the 153-nation ranking are the US at number one, followed by Ireland and Australia. According to the organisation’s findings, 79% of Britons give to charity each month (up from just under a quarter last year), while 28% of us volunteer each month, and 63% ‘help a stranger’.

What’s interesting is that worldwide, the number of people helping strangers increased by 2%, while those volunteering went up by 1% - but giving to charity fell by 1%, which suggests that we’re not the only ones feeling the squeeze.

Still – a suitably Christmassy stat of the day, wethinks.

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