Global Carer Facts

IACO is working to build an international gallery of caregiver facts and data. Click on the map below and reference the chart to learn more about the carer demographics around the world.

Flag_of_AustraliaAUSTRALIA 2.86 million (2015)[i] $AU 60.2 billion (2015)[ii] 38.4% of primary carers (2012) [iii]
canada_flag copyCANADA 8.1 million[iv] $25 billion [v] 60%[vi]
finland copy frameFINLAND approx. 60,000[vii] data not available data not available
ireland copyIRELAND 274,000[viii] €4 billion[ix] 59.1%[x]
new_zland copyNEW ZEALAND 430,000+ family, whānau, and aiga carers data not available data not available
sweden copySWEDEN 1.3 million (18 yrs+) €20 billion data not available
uk_flag copyUNITED KINGDOM 6.5 million[xi] £119 billion[xii] 53% (% of carers aged 16+ in employment)[xiii]
usa copyUSA[xiv] 43.5 million $470 billion 60%

[i] The economic value of informal care in Australia in 2015 Carers Australia June 2015

[ii] Ibid

[iii] Ibid

[iv] Statistics Canada: Portraits of Caregivers 2012

[v] Hollander, J. M., Liu, G., & Chappell, N. (2009). Who cares and how much   – Calculate rational – the cost to replace adult caregivers aged 45 + caring for those 65 years and older with long term health or physical limitations) with members of the paid workforce at market rates (entitled to benefits, vacation, supervisory support,

education and other overhead obligations of an employer).

[vi] Federal Government of Canada: When Work and Caregiving Collide: How Employers Can Support Their Employees Who Are Caregivers, 2014


[viii] Central Statistics Office (2010) Quarterly National Household Survey, Quarter 3 2009: Module on Caring.

[ix] Calculations are based on the rate of €25 per hour, which is the average hourly cost of home help provided directly by the state health and social care services. Carers Association of Ireland (2012) Budget 2013: Cost neutral proposals for building a brighter future for Ireland’s Family Carers.

[x] Census 2011

[xi] Census 2011

[xii] Carers UK and University of Leeds, ‘Valuing Carers 2011: Calculating the value of carers’ support’ (2011)

[xiii] Census 2011

[xiv] All statistics are from Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 report with the following exceptions as marked: a) Young Caregivers (2005); b) Valuing the Invaluable (2015); c) Family Caregivers: What They Spend, What They Sacrifice (2007).