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Lifestyle > Society > Volunteering and social support > Volunteering > Volunteered your time: 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.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 United States 41.9% 2004
2 New Zealand 41.53% 2004
3 Norway 38.93% 2004
4 Canada 38.06% 2004
5 Australia 37.9% 2004
6 Netherlands 37.15% 2004
7 Ireland 35% 2004
8 Switzerland 34.12% 2004
9 Austria 30.34% 2004
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 29.38% 2004
10 United Kingdom 28.65% 2004
11 France 28.52% 2004
12 Finland 27.87% 2004
High income OECD countries average (profile) 25.67% 2004
13 Japan 24.72% 2004
14 Belgium 24.05% 2004
15 Germany 22.72% 2004
16 South Korea 21.33% 2004
17 Italy 21.12% 2004
18 Denmark 19.75% 2004
19 Czech Republic 18.2% 2004
20 Spain 14.81% 2004
21 Slovakia 12.89% 2004
22 Sweden 12.41% 2004
23 Portugal 11.91% 2004
24 Poland 10.37% 2004
25 Mexico 10.28% 2004
26 Turkey 7.48% 2004
27 Greece 7.42% 2004
28 Hungary 6.32% 2004

Citation

"Countries Compared by Lifestyle > Society > Volunteering and social support > Volunteering > Volunteered your time. 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/Volunteering/Volunteered-your-time

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