Iceland: Care Policy Evaluation 2022

Iceland is a highly developed and sparsely populated island nation in the Nordic region. Sporting well-developed care policy protections in general, Iceland’s final GCPI score of 6.61/10.00 (Maturing) reflects specific and significant omissions rather than broad underdevelopment of care policies.

In Sub-Index A, Iceland scored 5.81/10.00. This score is not intuitive, given Iceland’s excellent provisions for maternity and paternity leave – which are some of the most generous in the entire world. However, Iceland is yet to develop robust legislation to guarantee flexible work arrangements for family caregivers. Additionally, Iceland fails to offer guaranteed nursing breaks to working mothers.

In Sub-Index B, Iceland received a score of 7.41/10.00. Domestic workers work under legislation that guarantees them normal hours of work and a safe and healthy working environment. Migrant domestic workers in Iceland are also protected by national legislation. However, most migrant workers in Iceland operate in the informal sector, thus often falling outside the realm of legislative protection.

You can read more about Iceland’s care policies in the Country Report and Technical Report here.

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