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In which of the following nations do private individuals give the greatest portion of the nation's economic output to charity?

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A 2016 study of 24 nations by the Charities Aid Foundation found that the people of the USA are the most generous and donate 1.44% of the nation's gross domestic product to charity. The next closest nation, New Zealand, donates 45% less, and Finland and Japan donate less than one-tenth of the USA. In the 1830s, a French historian and political scientist named Alexis de Tocqueville visited and studied the U.S. and wrote that what "I most admire in America" is that "when a private individual meditates an undertaking, however directly connected it may be with the welfare of society, he never thinks of soliciting the cooperation of the Government; but he publishes his plan, offers to execute it himself, courts the assistance of other individuals, and struggles manfully against all obstacles. Undoubtedly he is often less successful than the State might have been in his position; but in the end, the sum of these private undertakings far exceeds all that the Government could have done."

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