LGBT Equality Index

The Most LGBT-Friendly Countries in the World

The Equality Index measures the current status of LGBT rights, laws, and freedoms as well as public attitudes towards LGBT people.
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0 (Less Equal)
100 (More Equal)

Equality Index by Continent

ContinentEquality IndexLegal IndexPublic Opinion Index
South America 12 countries
65 / 100
78 / 100
52 / 100
Europe 51 countries
63
80
43
Oceania 14 countries
61
63
70
North America 23 countries
56
66
43
Asia 44 countries
37
44
27
Africa 54 countries
33
43
18

Equality Index by Region

RegionEquality IndexLegal IndexPublic Opinion Index
Australia and New Zealand 2 countries
84 / 100
98 / 100
70 / 100
North America 2 countries
84
95
73
Nordic Countries 5 countries
84
92
76
British Islands 3 countries
81
88
68
Western Europe 9 countries
79
92
66
South America 12 countries
65
78
52
Central America 8 countries
63
79
44
Southern Europe 16 countries
63
80
39
Melanesia 4 countries
60
60
Not enough data
Micronesia 5 countries
59
59
Not enough data
Southern Africa 5 countries
54
70
38
Baltic Countries 3 countries
53
76
29
Polynesia 3 countries
52
52
Not enough data
Eastern Asia 6 countries
51
66
35
Eastern Europe 10 countries
48
68
28
Caribbean 13 countries
47
54
31
Central Africa 9 countries
41
52
21
Southern and Central Asia 14 countries
41
50
22
Southeast Asia 11 countries
39
45
31
Eastern Africa 17 countries
33
43
16
Middle East 18 countries
30
40
19
Western Africa 16 countries
29
43
12
Northern Africa 7 countries
14
15
13
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World Equality Index

CountryEquality IndexLegal IndexPublic Opinion Index
1. San Marino92 / 10092 / 100
2. Iceland909486
3. Canada899880
4. Isle of Man8888
5. Norway869081
6. Australia869873
7. Uruguay8610071
8. Netherlands849673
9. Spain849771
10. Denmark849473
11. Switzerland839869
12. Sweden839076
13. Vanuatu8383
14. New Zealand839868
15. Germany839670
16. Belgium829867
17. United Kingdom828975
18. Andorra829173
19. Brazil8210064
20. Argentina829767
21. Malta829865
22. Fiji8080
23. Liechtenstein809169
24. South Africa8010059
25. United States799267
26. Luxembourg789463
27. Belize7878
28. Mexico779758
29. Finland779163
30. Costa Rica779261
31. Chile769458
32. Cuba767973
33. Austria769457
34. France758763
35. Ireland748860
36. Portugal739650
37. Czech Republic728559
38. Suriname7272
39. Monaco7171
40. Cape Verde696177
41. Israel698751
42. Samoa6969
43. Ecuador689542
44. Palau6868
45. Djibouti6868
46. Colombia688749
47. Seychelles6868
48. Nepal688352
49. Italy677954
50. Marshall Islands6666
51. India658347
52. Equatorial Guinea6464
53. Taiwan638047
54. Angola637947
55. Slovenia627748
56. Mozambique626956
57. Mauritius627152
58. Grenada6161
59. Laos6161
60. Guinea-Bissau6060
61. Greece608238
62. Saint Lucia6060
63. Nicaragua607742
64. Kosovo5959
65. Cyprus598533
66. Vatican City5959
67. Tajikistan5959
68. Namibia586255
69. Peru587739
70. Nauru5858
71. Croatia588333
72. Japan586056
73. Federated States of Micronesia5858
74. El Salvador577639
75. Estonia577936
76. Bhutan5757
77. Venezuela576649
78. Botswana567537
79. Bolivia567636
80. Bahamas5656
81. Uzbekistan5555
82. Guatemala557633
83. Dominican Republic547732
84. Slovakia547038
85. Philippines545454
86. Timor-Leste5353
87. Bahrain5252
88. Lithuania527826
89. Hungary526439
90. Democratic Republic of the Congo5252
91. Panama525845
92. Sao Tome and Principe516043
93. Bulgaria517825
94. Honduras517527
95. Saint Kitts and Nevis5050
96. Vietnam506238
97. Montenegro498316
98. Latvia497127
99. Romania497225
100. South Korea486036
101. Paraguay485244
102. Thailand475638
103. Serbia477619
104. Poland475440
105. Tonga4747
106. Kiribati4646
107. Bosnia and Herzegovina467617
108. Georgia46839
109. Albania447811
110. Papua New Guinea4444
111. Ukraine447414
112. Comoros4444
113. Lesotho446819
114. Gabon447314
115. Cambodia445829
116. Sri Lanka434640
117. Turkmenistan4343
118. China425330
119. Mongolia42786
120. Trinidad and Tobago415527
121. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines4141
122. Dominica4141
123. Indonesia406319
124. Kazakhstan406813
125. Kyrgyzstan406911
126. Burkina Faso40736
127. Tuvalu4040
128. Haiti396215
129. Belarus386214
130. Madagascar386511
131. Turkey375421
132. Moldova37677
133. North Macedonia365815
134. Benin355514
135. Syria353336
136. Pakistan344722
137. Russia345117
138. Barbados3434
139. Antigua and Barbuda3434
140. Rwanda34626
141. Armenia34635
142. Republic of the Congo345711
143. Mali34607
144. Côte d’Ivoire335313
145. Maldives3333
146. Eswatini334422
147. Singapore333234
148. Myanmar324717
149. Solomon Islands3131
150. Palestine31Not enough data5
151. Niger31566
152. Sierra Leone30537
153. Jamaica294910
154. Azerbaijan29544
155. Zimbabwe29508
156. Bangladesh284511
157. Qatar2626
158. Central African Republic2626
159. Burundi264210
160. Guyana2626
161. Liberia24409
162. Kuwait2424
163. Lebanon242820
164. South Sudan2424
165. Kenya233511
166. Malawi22395
167. Jordan22403
168. Togo223310
169. Cameroon21339
170. Zambia21357
171. Tanzania202613
172. Guinea19336
173. Oman1919
174. Ghana19307
175. Tunisia182215
176. Morocco182116
177. Senegal18333
178. Iraq15624
179. Uganda15273
180. Chad15273
181. Sudan141514
182. Ethiopia141910
183. Malaysia14919
184. Libya1111
185. Saudi Arabia1111
186. Nigeria10138
187. Mauritania10155
188. Egypt9910
189. Gambia9153
190. Eritrea99
191. Yemen77
192. Iran694
193. Algeria66
194. Somalia55
195. Brunei22
196. United Arab Emirates22
197. Afghanistan102
198. North KoreaNot enough data

Equality Index Methodology

Equaldex's Equality Index is an experimental rating from 0 to 100 (with 100 being the most equal) to help visualize the legal rights and public attitudes towards LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex...) people in each region. The Equality Index is an average of two indexes: the legal index and the public opinion Index.

The LGBT legal index measures the current legal status of 13 different issues ranging from the legal status of homosexuality, same-sex marriage, transgender rights, LGBT discrimination protections, LGBT censorship laws, and more. Each topic is weighted differently (for example, if same-sex marriage is illegal in a region, it would have a much bigger impact on the score than not allowing LGBT people to serve in the military). Each topic receives a "score" based the status of the law using a rating scale that generally ranges from 0 to 100 (for example, if homosexuality is legal, it would would receive a score of 100, but if it's illegal, it would receve a score of 0.

The LGBT public opinion index measures the public attitudes towards LGBT people using surveys and polls from reputable organizations. This index is scored based on averaging the results of all surveys in a given region. Generally, the value averaged is usually the most “equal” response in the poll. For example, if a poll asked “Do you support same-sex marriage?” and 56% of people said “yes”, the value “56” would be used. In some cases, a survey may be weighted less if the survey is very specific or includes a specific group of people (such as Christians) and might not be a full representation of the overall attitudes of the region.

Note that public opinion data is not available in every region. In these cases, the Equality Index will only be a representation of the legal rights of LGBT people in the region.

Note that Equaldex's Equality Index is constantly being improved and tracking it over time may not represent changes in equality over time. As more data is contributed to Equaldex's the index becomes more accurate. For example, adding survey results to a region will likely change the region's Equality Index — even more so if there is limited data on the region. In this case, the change in score could represent a change in attitudes in the region, but it may also just be an increase in the index's accuracy.