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
64 / 100
76 / 100
52 / 100
Europe 50 countries
62
79
43
Oceania 14 countries
61
63
70
North America 23 countries
57
66
41
Asia 44 countries
38
45
27
Africa 54 countries
35
47
17

Equality Index by Region

RegionEquality IndexLegal IndexPublic Opinion Index
Nordic Countries 5 countries
85 / 100
94 / 100
76 / 100
Australia and New Zealand 2 countries
84
97
70
North America 2 countries
84
94
73
Western Europe 9 countries
79
92
66
British Islands 2 countries
76
85
68
South America 12 countries
64
76
52
Central America 8 countries
63
79
44
Southern Europe 16 countries
61
78
39
Melanesia 4 countries
59
59
Not enough data
Micronesia 5 countries
59
59
Not enough data
Baltic Countries 3 countries
52
75
29
Polynesia 3 countries
52
52
Not enough data
Southern Africa 5 countries
51
64
38
Eastern Asia 6 countries
49
63
35
Caribbean 13 countries
48
54
21
Eastern Europe 10 countries
48
68
28
Central Africa 9 countries
42
55
16
Southern and Central Asia 14 countries
40
47
22
Southeast Asia 11 countries
37
43
30
Middle East 18 countries
36
47
19
Eastern Africa 17 countries
35
46
16
Western Africa 16 countries
32
49
12
Northern Africa 7 countries
19
21
13
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World Equality Index

CountryEquality IndexLegal IndexPublic Opinion Index
1. Norway89 / 10097 / 10081 / 100
2. Canada899880
3. Iceland889086
4. Sweden879876
5. Netherlands8610073
6. San Marino8686
7. Australia859773
8. Spain849771
9. Germany849870
10. Uruguay849771
11. Denmark839473
12. Vanuatu8383
13. New Zealand839868
14. United Kingdom828975
15. Andorra829173
16. Argentina829767
17. Switzerland829569
18. Belgium819467
19. Brazil809664
20. Liechtenstein809169
21. Luxembourg809663
22. Fiji7979
23. Belize7878
24. United States788967
25. Malta778965
26. Mexico779658
27. Finland779163
28. South Africa779459
29. Costa Rica779261
30. Cuba7676
31. Austria769457
32. France758763
33. Portugal739650
34. Czech Republic728559
35. Saint Lucia7272
36. Suriname7272
37. Ireland718260
38. Monaco7171
39. Chile698158
40. Israel698751
41. Cape Verde696177
42. Samoa6969
43. Djibouti6868
44. Palau6868
45. Colombia688749
46. Seychelles6868
47. Nepal678252
48. Marshall Islands6666
49. Italy667854
50. Ecuador669042
51. Taiwan658347
52. Equatorial Guinea6464
53. Democratic Republic of the Congo6363
54. Tajikistan6262
55. Grenada6161
56. Greece618538
57. Slovenia617448
58. Mozambique616952
59. Guinea-Bissau6060
60. Nicaragua607742
61. Kosovo5959
62. Cyprus598533
63. Vatican City5959
64. Japan586156
65. Peru587739
66. Nauru5858
67. Federated States of Micronesia5858
68. El Salvador577639
69. Venezuela576649
70. India576747
71. Croatia578033
72. Mauritius566052
73. Estonia567636
74. Bahamas5656
75. Bhutan5656
76. Philippines555555
77. Bolivia557336
78. Botswana557237
79. Guatemala557633
80. Dominican Republic547732
81. Slovakia547038
82. Timor-Leste5353
83. Laos5353
84. Panama526045
85. Bahrain5252
86. Lithuania527826
87. Uzbekistan5252
88. Turkmenistan5252
89. Poland526340
90. Bulgaria517825
91. Honduras517527
92. Thailand516338
93. Saint Kitts and Nevis5050
94. Romania497425
95. Latvia497127
96. Hungary495839
97. Namibia484255
98. Angola487917
99. South Korea475836
100. Serbia477619
101. Cambodia476529
102. Sao Tome and Principe475143
103. Tonga4747
104. Kiribati4646
105. Bosnia and Herzegovina467617
106. Sri Lanka465140
107. Paraguay464844
108. Georgia46839
109. Vietnam455536
110. Albania447811
111. Papua New Guinea4444
112. Ukraine447414
113. Comoros4444
114. Montenegro447216
115. Lesotho446819
116. Gabon437214
117. Kyrgyzstan427311
118. Burkina Faso41766
119. Trinidad and Tobago415527
120. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines4141
121. Dominica4141
122. Kazakhstan406713
123. Tuvalu4040
124. Mongolia39736
125. Yemen3939
126. Haiti396215
127. Belarus386214
128. Madagascar386511
129. Rwanda37686
130. Benin376014
131. Syria373836
132. Moldova37677
133. Republic of the Congo366211
134. Turkey365221
135. Armenia36675
136. China364130
137. Central African Republic3535
138. Russia345117
139. Barbados3434
140. Antigua and Barbuda3434
141. Mali34607
142. Niger34616
143. Côte d’Ivoire335313
144. Eswatini334422
145. Singapore333234
146. Kuwait3333
147. North Macedonia325015
148. Zimbabwe32558
149. Solomon Islands3131
150. Azerbaijan31594
151. Sierra Leone30537
152. Somalia3030
153. Gambia30563
154. Jamaica294710
155. Libya2828
156. Myanmar283817
157. Oman2727
158. Jordan27513
159. Iraq273024
160. Maldives2727
161. Qatar2626
162. South Sudan2626
163. Saudi Arabia2626
164. Burundi264210
165. Guyana2626
166. United Arab Emirates2525
167. Palestine25455
168. Malawi25445
169. Liberia24409
170. Ghana24417
171. Lebanon242820
172. Nigeria24398
173. Kenya233511
174. Malaysia232719
175. Bangladesh223311
176. Togo223310
177. Pakistan212122
178. Eritrea2121
179. Cameroon21339
180. Tanzania212913
181. Sudan212814
182. Zambia21347
183. Guinea19336
184. Chad19353
185. Morocco182116
186. Senegal18333
187. Tunisia171915
188. Mauritania16265
189. Uganda15273
190. Brunei1515
191. Ethiopia141910
192. Egypt121510
193. Iran11194
194. Indonesia11139
195. Algeria77
196. Afghanistan102
197. 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.