Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP, 2022)
Population (UNFPA, 2023)
5.8 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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    • Social Survey
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Laws, Policies, Schemes on Volunteering

Does the country have a piece of legislation on volunteering?

Act 406/2011 on volunteering
Year 2011
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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

Voluntary National Review of the Slovak Republic on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 17

Apart from the above described formal mechanisms, the Slovak government recognises the crucial importance of individual commitment and cross-generational engagement to implement the 2030 Agenda. To foster and scale up citizens’ voluntary activities aimed at sustainability, the Slovak government has approved a microgranting scheme, which will support microprojects focusing on sustainable development implemented by local communities, schools and civil society organisations. In addition, voluntary engagement is promoted through the Volunteer of the Year award, which was in 2018 for the first time presented also in a special category devoted to contribution to the 2030 Agenda. Voluntary commitment to sustainability by the private sector is crucial as well. Companies can change Slovakia for the better by treating their employees, their suppliers, the environment, and the local community fairly.

Paragraph 2, page 54

An important mechanism to support civil society organisations financially, is the possibility to assign 2 % of an individual’s annual personal income tax to a selected non-profit organisation. If an individual has been engaged in volunteering activities in the previous year, they have an opportunity to designate 3 % of their income tax.

No mention

Second Voluntary National Review of the Slovak Republic

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Reporting positive contribution of volunteering to the SDGs

Paragraph 1, page 124

The total amount of ODA provided by the Slovak Republic reached approximately EUR 142 million in 2021. For the period 2018-2020, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs / Slovak Aid Agency launched 39 calls for grant applications, supporting 169 projects for a total amount of more than EUR 12.5 million. In 2018-2020, the Slovak Republic also funded the deployment of 69 volunteers to developing countries, provided financial contributions through its embassies (microgrants) totalling approximately EUR 1.64 million and carried out 37 activities under the CETIR/Sharing Slovak Expertise programme. Although Slovakia is continuously committed to the international target of 0.33% of ODA to GNI by 2030, it is lagging behind meeting this target (0.15% of GNI in 2022).

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