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Can you guess which country is the best at giving back?

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This seems like an unfair question. Wealthier countries have a huge advantage when it comes to being charitable, right?

WRONG.

According to this year’s World Giving Index, Myanmar is the most charitable nation in the world.

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Ok, I know what you’re thinking.

You mean, the same nation that just underwent its first open election in 25 years?

Yep.

The one that’s constantly criticized for its treatment of an ethnic minority?

Yep.

Internal struggles aside, Myanmar deserves some recognition for its generous spirit. The developing nation comes out on top in two of the report’s three measures of generosity: giving money, giving time, and helping a stranger.

An incredible 92% of the nation’s residents give money to charity, while half volunteer for good causes. Way to go, Myanmar!

Recipients of this generosity may have religion to thank. The practice of Theravada Buddhism encourages a strong culture of giving to those in need. Devotees regularly give small contributions to monks, nuns, and temples, sometimes even on a daily basis. Also, decades of harsh military rule may have triggered a reliance on one another during times of need.

Actually, Myanmar isn’t the only poor nation that can be found within the top 20 of the World Giving Index. Several countries that have suffered adversity continue to score highly, and even give more in some circumstances. Check out the top 20 most charitable countries below.

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This is an important reminder that all global citizens have something worth giving, whether it be their money, time, or even voice.

On this #GivingTuesday, a day when people around the world come together to give back, think about what you might be able to contribute to those in need.

And remember, even the smallest contributions can help make a big difference.


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