Reference: Lists/Rankings: The Biggest Emergency Aid Donors of 2016
The most generous emergency aid donor in 2016 was Norway. Norwegian taxpayers provided $899 million in humanitarian spending, about 0.18% of their national income. Luxembourg and the United Arab Emirates took second and third place by the same yardstick. Last year, the top ranking went to Kuwait.
Figures collated by the UN in its Financial Tracking Service offer the most complete view of official international relief spending.
Norwegians may be the most generous relative to their national wealth. However, the largest single donor is the US, offering more than $6 billion in emergency aid. Given the size of its economy, it falls only in 16th place, behind minnows such as Finland, in terms of relative generosity.
In absolute cash terms, the European Commission comes in second place, spending about half the US amount ($3.1 billion).
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