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Friday, September 10, 2010

Australia is the most generous nation on earth?

That's what thew new Gallop World Giving Report says.

The top 10 most-generous countries, in order:

1. Australia
1. New Zealand
3. Ireland
3. Canada
5. Switzerland
5. United States
7. Netherlands
8. United Kingdom
8. Sri Lanka
10 Austria

Gallup found that giving money is more strongly correlated with happiness than with gross domestic product. HT: CATHERINE RAMPELL

By the way, happiness is itself correlated with Sunshine. We've lots of that.

World Giving Report

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