Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2022)
Population (UNFPA, 2023)
0.4 milion
Total number of volunteers (ILO, 2015)
Direct volunteering (ILO, 2015)
Organization-based (ILO, 2015)

Volunteer statistics (ILO)*

Source: ILOSTATS. The data is collected by ILO from national statistical offices. As national statistics on volunteer work are produced using a variety of approaches and tools, direct and cross-country comparisons are not recommended. For more information, visit


Total volunteering by type

Total volunteering by age group

Total volunteering by gender

Direct volunteering by gender

Organization-based volunteering by gender

Measurement work

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Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?

No data

Does the country have a national policy, scheme, plan or strategy specific to volunteering?

No data

Does the country have a sectoral and cross-sectoral policy, scheme, plan or strategy that mentions volunteering?

No data

VNR Reporting

Voluntary National Review

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 17

Many civil society organisations, like corporations, have begun to link their work and strategy to the SDGs. Many civil society organisations are maintained by voluntary efforts, which demonstrates the importance of volunteering in implementing SDGs.

Paragraph 2, page 29

The Icelandic government launched a pilot project in Malawi with the WFP on locally grown school meals in three elementary schools in Iceland’s cooperation district, Mangochi District, in 2012. The project was one aspect of combating hunger and malnutrition, but also had many other goals, such as reducing students’ dropout rate and supporting local farmers with steady business. All the practical arrangements for the school meals are in the hands of a large number of volunteers connected with the schools. In each school, there is a food committee that handles shopping and cooking and ensures that sufficient water and firewood are available. 

Paragraph 3, page 97

Companies, civil society and schools have also been actively involved, spending a full or half day as volunteers in the area, planting, fertilising and sowing. In parallel with this, volunteers receive instruction on the area and recovery work.

No mention

Voluntary National Review Iceland 2023

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