Which Country Has the Best-Organized Trade Unions?

Trade Union Density (%), 2013 or latest
Labour | December 2, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 33 countries in 2013, Iceland ranked the highest in Trade Union Density with 82.6% followed by Finland and Sweden. On the other end of the scale was Turkey with 4.54%, Estonia with 6.41% and France with 7.74%.

Average Trade Union Density reached 16.9% in 2013 in the World. This is 1.36 % less than in the previous year and -15.2 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, average Trade Union Density reached an all time high of 34.7% in 1975 and an all time low of 16.9% in 2013. The average annual growth amounted to -1.32 % since 1960.

Data for more countries are available at Trade Union Density indicator page.

Trade Union Density Unit 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Austria % 29.9% 29.1% 28.7% 28.4% 27.9%
Belgium % 54.7% 54.4% 54.9% 53.8% 55.1% ...
Canada % 27.3% 27.1% 27.3% 27.4% 27.1%
Denmark % 67.9% 66.3% 67.7% 67.0% 66.4%
Finland % 70.5% 69.6% 69.9% 69.1% 68.4% ...
Greece % 24.5% 24.0% 23.2% 22.5% 22.6% ...
Iceland % 87.1% 79.3% 83.7% 84.4% 84.0% ...
Ireland % 31.5% 31.9% 33.1% 32.7% 32.6%
Italy % 33.5% 33.4% 34.7% 35.5% 35.7%
Luxembourg % 38.7% 36.5% 36.0% 35.1% 33.9% ...
Norway % 53.0% 52.6% 53.6% 53.7% 53.5%
Portugal % 20.8% 20.5% 20.1% 19.3% 19.5% ...
Slovenia % ... ... ... ... ... ... 28.1% ... 25.0% 23.1% ... ...
Sweden % 70.8% 68.3% 68.4% 68.2% 67.5%
United Kingdom % 27.9% 27.1% 27.1% 26.4% 25.6%