If you see a blind person struggling to cross the road or a mother with a baby whose car has broken down, would you help?
The answer apparently depends on your nationality.
And Britons are more likely to help a stranger than almost anybody else, a study suggests.
This is because we are kinder, more generous and keen to help others than people from most other countries, according to one of the world’s most authoritative think tanks.
In fact, Britain is near the top of an international league table of 'kindness', compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
People were asked if they had volunteered, given money to charity or helped a stranger over the last month, known as 'pro-social behaviour'.
This could include anything from carrying an old lady's shopping to assisting young children learning to read.
Of the 34 countries in the OECD, Britain came fifth, behind America, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Some 57 per cent of Britons had done something kind, although researchers admit this could be as minor as giving directions to a tourist.
A blind person in need is least likely to be helped by a stranger in Greece, according to the OECD.
Greeks showed the least willingness to be kind, with just 13 per cent of people ticking the 'pro-social behaviour' box.
Other low-scoring countries were Turkey, Estonia, Hungary and Portugal, where less than one in four people met the required standard.
The findings are likely to delight the Prime Minister, who has said that it is his 'mission' in politics to make his 'Big Society' succeed.
The report, 'Society at a Glance', also reveals that a typical British woman does two hours more daily 'unpaid' work than a man.
This includes tasks such as cleaning, cooking, looking after children and shopping for food.
On the average day, a woman does four hours and 33 minutes of 'unpaid' work, but a man does a far more modest two hours and 30 minutes.
Over a year, this means she will do more than 700 hours of extra hous hold chores.
This is the equivalent of a man taking off a month every year to sleep, have fun, go on holiday and see friends.
The findings are startling because the research includes all female adults – from single students to high-flying career women and pensioners.
It means many women who have full-time jobs still end up doing more household chores than their partners. For housewives, who do no paid work, the gap is understandable.
Dr Simon Chapple, from the OECD, based in Paris, said: 'Everything is divided into paid or unpaid work, except sleeping, eating and leisure activities such as watching television or playing a sport.'
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Absolute BS! The British and kind. Seriously!
A few comments have summed up my thoughts:
Absolute garbage. The British are the most selfish of all. Almost 60% claim to have volunteered, given money or helped a stranger in the last month? No way. Those interviewed probably lied out of shame. Phil, Sussex, 12/4/2011 23:24
It is clear this article is nothing more that nonsense. The British friendly. Tell that to the Spanish or the Greeks who have suffered at the hands of the Chavvy Brits. Americans are kind, considerate and graceful. Seriously, will America please swap places with the UK. Maybe then our European siblings will live in peace. Tom, Preston, Lancashire, 13/4/2011 0:49
Ask for direction or help around a council estate, see how kind hearted are Britons then......more pointless statistics from a gravy train organization.
Nick, Birmingham, 13/4/2011 0:49
I doubt the credibility of this, French people are nice and friendlier.ade, bradford, 13/4/2011 9:43
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In fact I would expand on some of the comments and state actually it is most likely for the woman to lie. They think their duties such as cleaning, cooking, and washing warrant "kindness". Be ashamed.
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Northern Europeans have a strong sense of civic responsibility. Greeks are almost 3rd world; hate paying tax, nepostic, disorganised etc..dreadful people.