Labour force
22. Nov 2021
Survey: do the Faroe Islands still have Europe’s highest employment activity rate?

The annual labour force survey for 2021 is taking place this week.

In 2020, the Faroese labour force consisted of 31,793 people, which is 84.3% of the country’s total working-age population (ages 15-74).

This was the highest employment activity rate in Europe, followed by Iceland.

The labour force counts the section of residents aged between 15 and 74 who are capable of providing work.

Part of the annual labour force survey is conducted through phone interviews, with approx. 1,000 respondents in different age groups being surveyed by Gallup on behalf of Statistics Faroe Islands.

The labour force statistics are compiled in accordance with the general guidelines of the International Labour Organization (ILO), a tripartite United Nations agency. This ensures accurate and direct comparisons between the Faroese figures and those from other nations.