20 Most Generous Countries

This list is based on "official development assistance" measured in absolute terms. It doesn't include private donations and does not include many other things that don't fall under the ODA umbrella.
All data from the OECD index, last updated April 2010.
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Aid Given
Country
$28.7 billion
United States
$12.4 billion
France
$12.0 billion
Germany
$11.5 billion
United Kingdom
$9.5 billion
Japan
$6.6 billion
Spain
$6.4 billion
The Netherlands
$4.6 billion
Sweden
$4.1 billion
Norway
$4.0 billion
Canada
Aid Given
Country
$3.3 billion
Italy
$2.8 billion
Denmark
$2.8 billion
Australia
$2.6 billion
Belgium
$2.3 billion
Switzerland
$1.3 billion
Finland
$1.2 billion
Austria
$1.0 billion
Ireland
$820 million
South Korea
$610 million
Greece
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Level 80
Apr 12, 2013
Fairly predictable, though I was a little surprised to see Greece and Spain on the list given the dire straits their own economy is in. Americans often talk about the need to place domestic priorities ahead of international aid programs but they would have a much harder case to make for the need. Maybe since this data is a few years old things have changed, though. Also, sorry about the quiz not accepting "UK" as an entry for United Kingdom, I've already noted it and will fix it.
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Level 45
Apr 19, 2013
As you have noted, the data are from April 2010 and I guess they have collected it years before when the straits were not so dire in the two Mediterranean countries.
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Level 80
Apr 19, 2013
Yes, I just wonder what difference, if any, the economic crisis has made.
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Level 44
Aug 2, 2014
There is an updated (2013) list on Wikipedia which indicates Spain and Greece much lower on the list. Still on the list though.
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Level 80
Aug 3, 2014
I saw that. But other users came out with quizzes already based on the more up-to-date information, so I decided to leave this one as is as a sort of time capsule.
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Level 61
May 7, 2013
good quiz
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Level 80
May 7, 2013
One final point about democracy before I move on from this discussion... democracy is a means to an end. It's not an end unto itself. At it's best, democracy helps to curb corruption by putting power into the hands of many instead of a few. In theory, this helps ensure that whoever is in charge isn't running the country purely to benefit themselves, and also in theory it should make it more difficult for leaders to make obviously bad decisions if they are held accountable to electors. Also in theory democracy helps to ensure the rights of minorities, but that requires some very robust legal protections for minorities spelled out in a Constitution, to counterbalance the tendency of the majority in the mob to inflict its will and its prejudices on the minority. However, democracy is not perfect. It is actually quite fragile and easily corruptible, and of course if power is in the hands of the people and people are unfit to rule you have a problem.
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Level 80
May 7, 2013
In summation, no system of government is perfect, including Democracy. All systems of government are simply a means to an end. The goal of any government should be a stable, prosperous, peaceful and egalitarian society; or as close to that as possible. The success of any country or government should be weighed against its ability to achieve these ends and provide these things to people. If Country A allows women to go to college and make their own decisions, minorities to hold public office and lead dignified lives, and promotes peaceful relations with other countries but is ruled by a despot; and Country B oppresses women and minorities and is constantly antagonizing other countries but has a democratically elected leader- then it's insane to say that Country B is better off simply because it has a democratic government. Democracy is not the goal. The things that democracy *sometimes* provides should be.
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Level 44
Aug 2, 2014
Excellent point. but for country A , what is despotic about the leader if there is no oppression?
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Level 80
Aug 3, 2014
Despotism is simply a system of government in which the ruler has absolute power and authority. He doesn't necessarily have to be oppressive.
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Level 67
Jul 14, 2013
I can't believe the United States only give 10 times the amount as Denmark, having a population 60 times Denmark. Thumbs up for Norway though. :-)
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Level 80
Jul 14, 2013
If the US gave $180 billion in aid, first, that would be preposterous considering the expenses of running such a big country (and the world, by and large); second, they would probably get 6x as much flak as they already do for meddling. See DB692's comments above to see what I mean. Also, if aid were proportional to population then the list would go 1. China, 2. India, 3. USA, 4. Indonesia, 5. Brazil, 6. Pakistan, 7. Nigeria, 8. Russia, 9. Bangladesh..... noticing a trend here?
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Level 80
Feb 27, 2014
How am I doing that? Ben seems to be suggesting that aid should somehow correlate to population. I just pointed out that of all the most populous countries in the world, the USA is the ONLY one that gives large amounts of foreign aid. The others give almost nothing.
Just because I gave up talking to you, if someone else comes along and makes a similarly bad but very different argument as mr. marker did, I haven't lost the right to respond to them, have I? You never said anything about population, you were trying to make the argument that foreign aid was somehow malevolent. And that it would be better to funnel money into large banks and corporations and exploitative mining operations as the Chinese do rather than humanitarian efforts to feed people or provide them with potable water, education, or security.
I'm still not changing the name of the quiz.
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Level 80
Mar 14, 2019
"Clearly you have no intention of changing the name of the quiz because you have too much of your ego invested in it..."

Or... because there's no good reason to change it and ego has nothing to do with it.
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Level 70
Mar 24, 2015
This quiz says more about the countries that are NOT on the list of generous countries ..............
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Level 80
Mar 24, 2015
Perhaps.
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Level 65
Feb 4, 2017
Good thing the United States is so good at launching drone strikes against innocent Pakistanis. A fine example of generosity. They even shared their love of Guatemala by installing a pro-US "president" who led a genocide to kill Mayans and other Indigenous people. Speaking of genocides, the United States was ever so generous to fund genocides in Africa so that local governments and/or militaries didn't have to...........Seriously though, whoever thinks the United States is a generous country should pick up a history book, (that isn't propaganda), because no amount of money the US donates will fix the damage they cause. I do not mean to offend Americans, I just want to point out the government caused problems.
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Level 80
Feb 6, 2017
yeah... those strikes are definitely aimed at innocent people. That's not paranoid delusional schizophrenia at all. Definitely not propaganda, either. And certainly 100% related to the subject of the quiz.
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Level 49
Feb 6, 2017
I feel so stupid, I put America instead of United States
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Level 80
Feb 18, 2018
Same thing. But "USA" is faster to type in so start with that.
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Level 66
Feb 18, 2019
Got all in first try with 0:05 remaining!
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Level 56
Jul 26, 2019
But if Islam is a religion of peace, why are there no Islamic countries on this list?
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Level 56
Jul 26, 2019
The population of the USA is about 3.5 times the population of France, yet they only give double what they do. The population of the USA is about 17-18 times that of The Netherlands, yet they give not even 5 times more. Tell me again how this makes the USA look good?
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Level 80
Jul 27, 2019
Alright. I know this is going to be hard to understand but try to follow if you can. 28 is a bigger number than 12.
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Level 52
Jun 5, 2020
Nice to see that the USA is #1 on the list and gives more than double what the next closest country does.
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Level 46
May 1, 2020
Just to see some perspective, according to this data, the Netherlands donates around 370 dollars a person, while the USA donates around 87.5 dollars a person. However it is donated money, so it is both a lot of money, so just be happy and go on with your life