New research by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has revealed that the United Kingdom is the most generous country in Europe and the sixth most generous country in the world.
The figures, published in CAF’s new report The World Giving Index 2015, has revealed that 75 per cent of people in the UK donated money to charity last year; more than double the international average of just 31.5 per cent.
The data for the survey was based upon research conducted on people aged 15 and over in 145 countries worldwide by global research consultant Gallup in 2014, which focused on: the percentage of people who had given money to charity, amount of time spent volunteering and time spent helping a stranger(s).
It shows that people in the UK were also above average when it came to freely volunteering their time, with 32 per cent of those surveyed saying they had done so in the last year; three percentage points higher than the previous year, meaning that an extra 1.58 million people spent time volunteering.
The figures also show that the number of people assisting strangers has also gone up by two per cent to 63 per cent.
Increases across all three of the metrics, places the UK in sixth place in the top ten list of most generous countries, just ahead of the Netherlands.
John Low, chief executive of CAF, said: “The CAF World Giving Index continually confounds any attempts to define what it is that makes a country generous. Some might expect to see the culture of giving being greatest among the wealthiest nations but, as this year’s report shows, the reality can often be quite the opposite.
“One factor which holds true is that, in almost any place in the world, people will rally around in a crisis. It is humbling to see how countries which have suffered adversity continue to score highly, with increasing numbers of people giving in some instances.”