There are an estimated 400 people living in slavery in Iceland, according to the Global Slavery Index, published today. In terms of the ratio of number of slaves to total population Iceland ranks 49th. The Global Slavery Index estimates that currently, there are 45.8 million people in some form of modern slavery in 167 countries. The estimate is based on data from random sample, nationally representative surveys conducted by Gallup.
The countries with the highest estimated ratio of slavery as a proportion of their population are North Korea, Uzbekistan, Cambodia, India, and Qatar. By contrast, the countries with the lowest estimated prevalence of modern slavery are Luxembourg, Ireland, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The results of the study were obtained by conducting 42,000 surveys in 167 countries.
According to RÚV, modern slavery is defined as people working under conditions they can’t leave due to threats, violence, coercion, misuse of power or deceit.
The report also looks at how governments respond to slavery, and in that regard, Iceland scores only a B, which is lower than any Nordic nation and among the lowest of European nations.