Countries that Give the Most Foreign Aid

Name the countries whose governments gave the most foreign economic aid in 2015.
Source: OECD via Wikipedia
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Total $
Country
31.1 bil
United States
18.7 bil
United Kingdom
17.8 bil
Germany
9.32 bil
Japan
9.23 bil
France
7.09 bil
Sweden
5.81 bil
Netherlands
4.39 bil
United Arab Emirates
4.29 bil
Canada
4.28 bil
Norway
3.91 bil
Turkey
3.84 bil
Italy
3.54 bil
Switzerland
3.22 bil
Australia
2.57 bil
Denmark
1.91 bil
South Korea
% of GNP
Country
1.40%
Sweden
1.09%
United Arab Emirates
1.05%
Norway
0.93%
Luxembourg
0.85%
Denmark
0.76%
Netherlands
0.71%
United Kingdom
0.56%
Finland
0.54%
Turkey
0.52%
Germany
0.52%
Switzerland
0.42%
Belgium
0.37%
France
0.36%
Ireland
0.32%
Austria
0.28%
Canada
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Level 62
Jan 13, 2016
100% with 1:22 left
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Level 40
Mar 21, 2018
Well, I got 100% and I'm a 2-year-old with dyslexia. I finished with an hour left!
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Level 67
Sep 5, 2019
I feel like you might have some other issues besides that... feiging a disability to make fun of and put down someone that is simply happy he has done well, and wants to share it..
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Level 66
Sep 5, 2019
@Sifhraven Yep.
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Level 42
Sep 4, 2016
got them all with 1:41 left :)
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Level 65
Apr 24, 2017
I guess I don't know enough about politics, but why does foreign aid even exist? Why don't countries take care of their own citizens instead? That 30+ billion from USA could be used to get clean water to Flint Michigan or to care for military veterans who are dying every day due to inadequate medical care.
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Level ∞
Jan 12, 2018
The US GDP is $20 trillion. We easily have enough money to provide for our own citizens, with plenty left over to give as foreign aid. If people aren't getting clean water in Flint, it's not because of foreign aid its because of lack of political will and bureaucratic incompetence.
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Level 72
Jan 12, 2018
Improving development around the world is clearly beneficial to Aid Donors, too. It lowers the amount of refugees, helps battling environmental problems like Climate Change, that affects the whole globe, makes it harder for extremist organisations to gain recruits. Not to talk about all the Doctors, Scientists, Artists, etc. that are now prevented to flourish by their social situation.
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Level 72
Jan 14, 2018
Amen, QM & QRU! Of course. I hope and pray for the day that reality is as simple as TinklePork proposes, but I'm not holding my breath.
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Level 35
Mar 21, 2018
foreign aid can be very useful to hold other countries in our grip.... i know it seems illogical but always look at the bigger picture....
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Level 47
Apr 2, 2020
@QRU thats what I say to people on both sides of our immigration argument. Rather than blocking immigrants who need asylum, or rushing in people who are ungrateful, just solve these crises around the world. People will stay put in a nice place.
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Level 79
Sep 13, 2020
Also, if a country can raise its standard of living, then it becomes a larger potential market for your own goods and services. Everyone wins (well, up to a point).
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Level 80
Mar 21, 2018
Pork (who says he doesn't know enough about politics), QM, and QRU are all right. In addition to the things already brought up.. though it greatly benefits everyone in the world, efforts of the US to maintain global stability greatly benefit the USA, too. The economy of the US is inextricably connected to the world economy. It's too complicated to get in to all the many many ways economics and standards of living have an impact that is felt globally- but it's definitely in the interests of the US to see other countries around the world be prosperous, stable, healthy and peaceful. A disease outbreak that isn't contained in Cameroon can spread to the US. A war in Indonesia could shut down shipping lanes vital to US trade. Revolution in Saudi Arabia could spark a global energy crisis. One in Pakistan could end with nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists. Economic collapse in Mexico could bring down the US economy with it. And so on and so on.
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Level 72
Mar 21, 2018
Good points that I wish that He Who Must Not Be Named and the idiots (or sycophants) around him don't know or at least won't admit.
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Level 49
Aug 30, 2020
Speaking of disease outbreaks...
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Level 80
Mar 21, 2018
Also vitally important is maintaining the system of strategic alliances that the US has been carefully building and nurturing since the end of World War 2 and even before. This network is incredibly valuable to the US and also to maintaining global stability and peace and the balance of power. Of course Trump is too ignorant and/or stupid to understand any of this, as he busily offends and alienates all of America's most important allies even while cozying up to her most dedicated enemies.
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Level 63
Jan 22, 2018
Funny how there's no Hispanic Nation on the list (and no Brazil)
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Level 47
Apr 2, 2020
Brazil appears rather corrupt, in my opinion (though i might be wrong)
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Level 63
Jan 22, 2018
I'm just thinking why the US invests 600 BILLION $ in Military ...
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Level 80
Mar 21, 2018
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Level 80
Mar 21, 2018
In a way that 600 billion should also be counted as international foreign aid as without it it's very plausible that the world would be engulfed in war.
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Level 69
Mar 21, 2018
Indeed. Thank you Team America for keeping the world safe. Just as the proliferation of guns in America keeps its inhabitants safe.
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Level 66
Apr 2, 2018
The logic of the "hegemony stability theory" is identical to the claim that autocracy is the best government form (see Hobbes' Leviathan). The premise is that the holder of absolute power wants to enforce peace (in order to get legitimation but also in order to subtract the "peace dividend") and the subordinate will not dare to oppose this absolute power. However, in reality Leviathan more than often failed because absolutistic monarchs or dictators are not that benevolent as required and abuse their power.
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Level 80
Oct 14, 2018
Dave: you're welcome. and while it's true that the United States is extremely safe you may be surprised that there is no consistent correlation between rates of gun ownership and safety (positive or negative).
Fish: it's a silly and tired strawman this argument that the US isn't "benevolent." They don't have to be benevolent to be a force for good (though, in large part, they actually are), they only need to pursue their self-interests to benefit the world, as the self-interests of a hegemonic power (peace, stability, prosperity, trade, containment of threats to the status quo) usually coincide with the interests of the world in general. There are exceptions, but I did say generally.
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Level 85
Feb 23, 2018
The source apparently doesn't count the billions in "aid" distributed throughout the Middle East by Iran.
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Level 72
Mar 21, 2018
As could be said of "aid" provided by the US to Israel.
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Level 80
Dec 17, 2018
The figures on this quiz are for "development aid." This doesn't include military aid.
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Level 45
Mar 21, 2018
I was not expecting UAE and Turkey.
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Level 79
Sep 13, 2020
Quizzes like this one are good at challenging my stereotypes - and about time too.
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Level 66
Mar 21, 2018
According to Wikipedia, China apparently donated 38 billion USD in 2015
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Level 37
Jul 20, 2020
Doesn´t include non-DAC countries, only OECD.
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Level 54
Mar 21, 2018
Aren't Norway and Canada in the wrong positions? It shows Norway on top of Canada even though Canada gives more in aid.
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Level 72
Mar 21, 2018
Semi-illuminating, as in perhaps more is obscured than revealed. US aid, which (to the surprise of many) is not nearly as generous as Americans like to believe, is often tied to the procurement of US goods and services. No, they don't just "give them money." And a good chunk of it is destined to Israel. How much (Israel and elsewhere) is really anything remotely connected to humanitarian or development assistance? The EU is itself a major source of aid, apparently not counted here, but would increase the totals of member states. And finally, much that originates in particular countries, but is transferred via other agencies (sometimes religious) is likewise not counted. But overall, I think it's been a good lesson in surprises.
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Level 82
Mar 21, 2018
Before you get all high and mighty these are the numbers produced by a single organization regarding the standards that they count. Which only count national government donations that fit specific criteria. The vast majority of international relief outside of the US is given by national governments. While a very large chunk of the American international donations are given through charities. Just because it isn't given through threat of detention doesn't mean that it's not international aid. The linked page includes UAE even though they are not part of the group that is the source of the quiz's information. Curiously China which would be the highest total donor is excluded from the list even though it is listed in a separate table with the UAE.
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Level 73
Mar 21, 2018
Of course other countries than the US, especially European ones, give away money for purely altruistic reasons. We're simply better people. The fact that China is Germany's highest foreign aid recipient has nothing to do with economic interests.
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Level ∞
Jun 4, 2019
Okay, that is an extraordinary claim. I looked it up. It seems that Germany DOES give about 1 billion dollars a year to China. As of 2017, this makes China the third largest recipient of German aid, but it still accounts for a small percentage of the total. I'd say Germany's aid is mostly altruistic in nature, but it's possible there is some cynical dealmaking involved as well. It's hard to say without doing more research.
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Level 80
Dec 17, 2018
They're far and away #1. What are you talking about?
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Level 67
Mar 21, 2018
Interesting fact: If America cut half of its annual military budget, then every person on this planet could have clean drinking water with the money saved.
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Level 35
Mar 21, 2018
interesting fact: that's never going to happen. another fact: that would cause WW3, so then all the people with nice fresh water will promptly die. keep trying.
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Level 50
Jun 4, 2019
It's the US government's job to take care of US citizens, not everyone on the planet.
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Level 66
Mar 22, 2018
Never would have guessed Turkey; and since Saudi Arabia did not make the cut when I tried, I did not bother guessing UAE either. Two wrong!
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Level 64
Mar 22, 2018
Norway and Canada are out of order on the left side, and in the quiz is says "% of GDP" but when you see the answers it says "% of GNP."
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Level 65
Mar 23, 2018
The ignorance underpinning these comments is staggering. Why is it that people always decry the ignorance of Americans, and then expose their woeful ignorance about a topic like this when trying to bash Americans? Do you people really not understand how complicated international relations are? It's not like these countries are all handing out money just to be nice.
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Level 50
Jun 4, 2019
Exactly
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Level 66
Mar 24, 2018
"Do you people really not understand how complicated international relations are?" No. Most people don't have the first clue how complex international relations are. Nor do many of them understand how ridiculously silly they sound as they perpetuate inaccurate stereotypes that have been fed to them by their anti-American media. I
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Level 72
Oct 14, 2018
I have to say that I'm very proud of the UK's position here. One of the very few things Cameron got right.
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Level 48
Dec 17, 2018
Though people may despise america for giving to less(percentage wise) or giving a lot (total amount wise), the reason why america gives foreign aid especially during the cold war was to help a dictatorship and rarely to help the citizens of the country.
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Level 41
Dec 17, 2018
only missed finland
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Level 53
May 4, 2019
I hate how America gives foreign aid! I hate how America doesn't give enough foreign aid!! zzzzzzzzz it gets old
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Level 67
Sep 5, 2019
Glad you included % of GNP!, it gives a much better image imo :) (lots of stats are overshadowed by mere size of countries)

Didnt expect uae, and also had some trouble coming up with south korea, the others I found eas(il)y enough. Actually, it is all western europe, plus the usa, canada, and australia. And Uae, turkey and southkorea.

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Level 67
Sep 5, 2019
I guess sweden has a much lower GNP than the netherlands., since it is more than 10 times bigger than the netherlands, I expected the netherlands to end higher in the 2nd column than sweden ( not meaning first, but just higher than sweden).

But yea it is not surface area that matters most, amount of inhabitants play a bigger role, and we sure have cramped a lot of people in the small space we have haha.

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Level 64
Nov 11, 2019
What about North Korea?