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Lifestyle > Society > Volunteering and social support > Social support > Helped a stranger: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: A tool for valuing volunteering is provided by the new Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts, developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civic Society Studies in co-operation with the United Nations Statistics Division. The Handbook recommends that countries regularly produce “satellite accounts” of the non-profit sector, providing a comprehensive picture of its size and operation. So far, eight OECD countries have implemented this handbook, with data referring to a year between 1999 and 2004, and four additional countries are committed to do so in the future.

Beyond the comprehensive information available through these handbooks, information on the size of volunteering and social support is available for a larger number of countries through household surveys. The data presented here are drawn from the Gallup World Poll. Data on volunteering are based on the two following questions: “Have you donated money to an organization in the last month?” and “Have you volunteered your time to an organization in the last month?”. Data on social support from the same survey are based on the questions: “If you were in trouble, do you have relatives or friends you can count on to help you whenever you need them?” and “Have you helped a stranger or someone you didn’t know who needed help in the last month?”. Population shares are calculated as a percentage of all respondents excluding those who refused or didn’t’ know how to answer the various questions.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 Canada 66.02% 2004
2 United States 65.47% 2004
3 Australia 64.6% 2004
4 New Zealand 64.14% 2004
5 Switzerland 61.54% 2004
6 Austria 58.8% 2004
7 Ireland 58.69% 2004
8 United Kingdom 58.49% 2004
9 Netherlands 49.4% 2004
10 Norway 48.94% 2004
11 Germany 47.95% 2004
12 Sweden 47.61% 2004
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 47.52% 2004
High income OECD countries average (profile) 47.46% 2004
13 Spain 45.99% 2004
14 Belgium 45.98% 2004
15 Denmark 45.61% 2004
16 Finland 42.13% 2004
17 South Korea 41.55% 2004
18 Mexico 41.35% 2004
19 Hungary 38.81% 2004
20 Portugal 38.36% 2004
21 Czech Republic 38.33% 2004
22 France 38.16% 2004
23 Poland 36.52% 2004
24 Turkey 35.71% 2004
25 Greece 34.18% 2004
26 Italy 33.82% 2004
27 Slovakia 31.36% 2004
28 Japan 22.72% 2004

Citation

"Countries Compared by Lifestyle > Society > Volunteering and social support > Social support > Helped a stranger. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", OECD Country statistical profiles 2009. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Lifestyle/Society/Volunteering-and-social-support/Social-support/Helped-a-stranger

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Interesting observations about Lifestyle > Society > Volunteering and social support > Social support > Helped a stranger

  • All of the top 2 countries by society > volunteering and social support > social support > helped a stranger are Former British Colonies'.
  • Canada ranked first for society > volunteering and social support > social support > helped a stranger amongst High income OECD countries in 2004.
  • Japan ranked last for society > volunteering and social support > social support > helped a stranger amongst Group of 7 countries (G7) in 2004.
  • All of the top 3 countries by society > volunteering and social support > social support > helped a stranger are Christian.
  • Austria ranked first for society > volunteering and social support > social support > helped a stranger amongst European Union in 2004.
  • 21 of the bottom 24 countries by society > volunteering and social support > social support > helped a stranger are European.
  • All of the top 2 countries by society > volunteering and social support > social support > helped a stranger are Cold countries'.
  • All of the top 2 countries by society > volunteering and social support > social support > helped a stranger are Heavily indebted.
  • United Kingdom ranked second for society > volunteering and social support > social support > helped a stranger amongst NATO countries in 2004.
  • Italy ranked second last for society > volunteering and social support > social support > helped a stranger amongst Eurozone in 2004.
  • All of the top 2 countries by society > volunteering and social support > social support > helped a stranger are English speaking .
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