The Charity Aid Foundation have released their annual World Giving Index, naming the world’s most generous countries of 2016.

This year Myanmar has officially been ranked the most generous country in the world, speaking to the nation’s strong Buddhist traditions. As for Europe the UK came out on top, whereas Kenya was revealed to be the most generous in Africa, Guatemala claimed the title in Latin America and the UAE was rated as most generous in the Middle East.

Factors such as financial donations, kindness to strangers and volunteering are all taken into account, but CAF admits there is room for error as research is based solely on roughly 1,000 respondents from each of the 140 countries polled.

Perhaps most notably the people of Iraq have been rated the kindest to strangers, with Libyans coming in at a close second. According to the index at least eight in ten Iraqis have helped a total stranger in the last month alone – validating so many travellers’ tales of the boundless kindness and sincere hospitality within these heartbreakingly war-torn nations.

Check out the World Giving Index 2016 top ten most generous countries list below.

10. United Arab Emirates

sheihk-zayed-mosque-1017244_1920

Image via Pixabay/CC0

9. Ireland

tourmakeady-209451_1920

Image via Pixabay/CC0

8. United Kingdom

scotland-1607930_1920

Image via Pixabay/CC0

7. Indonesia

indonesia volcano-300345_1920

Image via Pixabay/CC0

6. Canada

Canada landscape-1744370_1280

Image via Pixabay/CC0

5. Sri Lanka

sri lanka shopkeeper-289772_1920

Image via Pixabay/CC0

4. New Zealand

new-zealand-679068_1280

Image via Pixabay/CC0

3. Australia

 

Twelve Apostles by Great Ocean Rd, AustraliaTwelve Apostles by Great Ocean Rd, Australia © Philip Yuan/Shutterstock

2. United States

nyc-1641447_1280

Image via Pixabay/CC0

1. Myanmar

myanmar burma-635416_1920

Image via Pixabay/CC0

Book through Rough Guides’ trusted travel partners

Privacy Preference Center

Necessary

Mandatory - can not be deselected. Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

PHPSESSID,aelia_cs_selected_currency,cookie_notice_accepted,RS,bp-message,bp-message-type,id,UIDR,w3tc_logged_out,__cfduid
__cfduid

Statistics

Statistic cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously.

__utma,__utmb,__utmc,__utmz,_ga,_gid,__atssc,__atuvc,__atuvs,di,dt,ssc,ssh,sshs,uid,uit,xt
__utma,__utmb,__utmc,__utmz,_ga,_gid
__atssc,__atuvc,__atuvs,di,dt,ssc,ssh,sshs,uid,uit,xtc

Marketing

Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers.

__gads,PISID, BEAT, CheckConnection TempCookie703, GALX, GAPS, GoogleAccountsLocale_session, HSID, LSID, LSOSID, NID, PREF, RMME, S, SAPISID, SID, SSID,__utmv, _twitter_sess, auth_token, auth_token_session, external_referer, guest_id, k, lang, original_referer, remember_checked, secure_session, twid, twll,c_user, datr, fr, highContrast, locale, lu, reg_ext_ref, reg_fb_gate, reg_fb_ref, s, wd, xs
__gads,PISID, BEAT, CheckConnection TempCookie703, GALX, GAPS, GoogleAccountsLocale_session, HSID, LSID, LSOSID, NID, PREF, RMME, S, SAPISID, SID, SSID
__utmv, _twitter_sess, auth_token, auth_token_session, external_referer, guest_id, k, lang, original_referer, remember_checked, secure_session, twid, twll
c_user, datr, fr, highContrast, locale, lu, reg_ext_ref, reg_fb_gate, reg_fb_ref, s, wd, xs