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Sweden Tops Earthquake Aid

Published måndag 31 oktober 2005 kl 11.31

According to a report from Oxfam, Sweden has been the most generous contributor to a United Nations appeal for survivors of the earthquake in Pakistan.

The international aid charity has ranked the 22 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Based on the size of its economy, Oxfam says Sweden has contributed 170 percent of its fair share. Three other countries, Norway, Ireland, and Luxembourg, were also in the top.

In contrast, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Finland and Austria shared bottom place, having given nothing to the emergency fund. Oxfam also says that the oil-rich countries in OPEC have so far failed to make any funds available to the UN appeal, although there have been some contributions outside the appeal.

The charity says the United States, Germany, Japan, and France are still paying less than one-fifth of their fair share.

The 7.6 magnitude earthquake devastated Pakistani Kashmir and parts of the North West Frontier Province, killing 54,000 people and leaving around 77,000 injured.

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