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Sri Lanka is ranked eighth in a Gallup poll of civic engagement in 130 countries measuring individuals’ likelihood to volunteer their time and assistance to others, a survey conducted by a US-based company revealed.

According to the poll conducted by the Gallup Organization in 2009 and 2010, India is ranked 48th far behind neighbours Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal in a Gallup poll. Pakistan was ranked 27th with a score of 42 percent while Nepal was placed 40th with 30 percent.

The United States topped with 60 percent followed by Ireland with the same score and Australia in the third place with 59 percent.

In general, the Gallup poll showed people with high civic engagement are positive about the communities where they live and actively give back to them. Data from 130 countries show that, in general, adults in developed countries are much more likely to be civically engaged than those in the developing world, the noted US public opinion research agency said,

Respondents, it said were asked whether they have done any of the following in the past month: donated money to a charity, volunteered time to an organization, or helped a stranger or someone they didn't know who needed help.

In 127 out of 130 countries, people are much more likely to either say they have helped a stranger in need or donated money in the past month than they are to say they volunteered their time to an organization, the poll found.

While the most civically engaged countries are primarily in the developed world, the level of participation in each activity the index measures varies significantly among countries, it said.

For example, 83 percent of Thais say they donated money to charity in the past month, among the highest levels in the world. However, 16 percent say they volunteered their time.

Conversely, Americans are much less likely than Thais to say they donated money, but Americans are among the most likely in the world to say they volunteered their time.



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  • Rajitha Wednesday, 19 January 2011 07:20 AM

    nice to see there are a lot of good people in the world.

    Jix Wednesday, 19 January 2011 07:22 AM

    My opinion that our people are more likely to share regardless of how little they might have is not entirely baseless after all. Now this is a meaningful reason to be proud as a citizen and a nation!

    Hamlet Wednesday, 19 January 2011 07:47 AM

    Unfortunately it is the people who have little, who are ready to share!

    Leslie Thursday, 20 January 2011 09:25 AM

    The cabinet members too may have been counted for the survey. Add to this the volunteers in Pradeshya sabhas and Provincial councils. We should be in top place.

    Jix Wednesday, 19 January 2011 08:07 AM

    True. But, maybe we are more willing to share because we have little to begin with. Rather ironic how the more one accumulates, be it wealth or power, the more one craves for it and tries to holds on to it. I think it’s people of this nature that are more unfortunate.

    loku aiya Wednesday, 19 January 2011 08:47 AM

    jobless people! that is why these countries are now failing economically. Go, go and find a job first. :-p

    lalith deshapriya Wednesday, 19 January 2011 08:51 AM

    welldone all good people in the world. may god blessyou and your motherland. WELL DONE SRI LANKA.

    Konde bendapu china Wednesday, 19 January 2011 09:02 AM

    Sri Lanka done well this

    zorro Wednesday, 19 January 2011 09:47 AM

    amazed!

    lamaya Wednesday, 19 January 2011 10:01 AM

    Good to see that Sri Lanka is the only 'developing' yet generous country in the list... Our people have good hearts regardless of their health the rich and poor are both giving. That is our culture.

    Oyage Sudu Kella Wednesday, 19 January 2011 10:27 AM

    Sri Lankans are born givers. I am proud to be a Sri Lankan. I don't believe in 'Boxing Day' - everyday should be boxing day.

    Dias Pora Wednesday, 19 January 2011 10:32 AM

    Canada, Australia and UK have high Score because of the Sri Lankans living in those countries.

    nagu Wednesday, 19 January 2011 12:03 PM

    SL is up there with the developed countries .....Well done....

    hemjey Wednesday, 19 January 2011 01:39 PM

    Funniest saying...
    They allowed SLankan to migrate and live there?


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