Record year for Swedish charity giving

Charity organisations in Sweden say that 2005 has been a record year for public donations. Even before the year's end, the total contribution from Swedish givers is likely to be almost 2 billion kronor.

Over one third of that, 710 million kronor, was collected by Röda Korset (the Red Cross). According to newspaper Dagens Industri, that represents a massive rise on a normal year, in which the charity would expect to raise 250-300 million kronor.

More than half of the donations to the Red Cross this year were for the tsunami catastrophe.

Rädda Barnen (Save the Children) says it is expecting to pull in 379 million kronor for the year. The Swedish Church anticipates total donations of 220 million kronor while SOS Barnbyar, which arranges families to take care of orphaned children, will collect 190 million kronor.

Läkare utan gränser (Doctors without Borders) and Unicef are both expecting around 140 million kronor, and Läkarmissionen reckons it will have raised 112 million kronor this year.

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