Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2022)
Population (UNFPA, 2022)
10.1 milion
Total number of volunteers (ILO, 2018)
Direct volunteering (ILO, 2018)
Organization-based (ILO, 2018)

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 https://ilostat.ilo.org/topics/volunteer-work/

Total volunteering by type

Total volunteering by age group

Total volunteering by gender

Direct volunteering by gender

Organization-based volunteering by gender

Measurement work

Data source

  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
    • Labour Force Survey
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
    • Social Survey
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
    • Labour Force Survey
  • 2019
  • 2020
  • 2021
  • 2022
  • 2023

Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?


The Volunteer Act 71/1998

Year 1998
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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?


VNR Reporting

National report on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development PORTUGAL

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 55

The citizenship and participation of young people is a central aspect of public policies that boost demand, in qualitative and quantitative terms, i.e. increasing participation, but also reducing inequality in access to rights for full social inclusion: the programmes and projects involving leisure activities for young people, youth volunteering, knowledge and experience of democratic institutions, in addition to the focus on young people, generally allow access to youth who usually do not have the same economic and social opportunities, such as Youth Parliament, the Euroschool, the Programme for Occupation of Free Time, Holiday on the Move, the Programme Without Borders, the Agora Nós (Us Now, youth volunteering), or the International Work Camps.

No mention
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