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UK Ranks Second Best in Europe for LGBTQ+ Acceptance

But who tops the list?

New research has discovered that the United Kingdom ranks the second best country across Europe for LGBTQ+ equality and acceptance.

The analysis, conducted by online home rental company Spotahome, comprises of a number of reputable sources and previous research to create a new equality index. With each European country given a score out of ten, based on a number of different factors including the Male Versus Female Labour Force Participation, Gender Pay Gap, LGBTQ+ Friendliness, Income Inequality, and Quality of Life.


Scoring big on the LGBTQ+ acceptance and friendliness index, which used data from ILGA Europe’s Rainbow Europe Index, Norway tops the list with a 8.80 score. The United Kingdom’s second place came with a score of 8.55, followed by Belgium with 8.07.

When all factors are considered, Norway still comes out top with a score of 8.53. Rounding out the top three are Denmark with 8.39 and Sweden with 8.30. Norway, Denmark, and Finland all scored a perfect ten for political rights and civil liberties.

On the overall list, the United Kingdom placed 13th with a 7.33 score, scoring higher than Solvenia (7.29), Germany (7.25), and Switzerland (7.24). The UK’s lowest score came in the form of the gender pay gap, with data cited from Eurostat. The UK scored a mere 2.85, placing in the lower half of the list in 25th place.


Three countries failed to secure a single point for their LGBTQ+ acceptance: Russia (0.12), Turkey (0.48), and Belarus (0.96). Other countries to score low include Macedonia FYR (1.33) and Lativa (1.45).

See the high scorers and worst offenders for LGBTQ+ acceptance below:

# Highest level of LGBTI acceptance Score Lowest level of LGBTI acceptance Score
1 Norway 8.80 Russia 0.12
2 UK 8.55 Turkey 0.48
3 Belgium 8.07 Belarus 0.96
4 France 7.95 Macedonia FYR 1.33
5 Portugal 7.71 Latvia 1.45
6 Denmark 7.59 Lithuania 1.45
7 Finland 7.59 Poland 1.57
8 Spain 7.47 Ukraine 1.69
9 Netherlands 7.11 Romania 1.93
10 Croatia 6.87 Bulgaria 2.17

Melissa Lyras, Brand and Communications Manager at Spotahome commented on the findings:

Many of our customers are looking to move to different cities across Europe, so our research into LGBTI acceptance should help people decide which areas will best suit their personal needs and values.

“While it’s hopeful to see strides being taken in some countries to ensure everyone is accepted, it’s evident there is still much work to do. LGBTI acceptance has hindered overall equality scores for many of the countries analysed and has highlighted this as a key area for improvement.

So, basically, let’s all go to Norway!

You can view the full equality index from Spotahome here.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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