ILGA-Europe, the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association has named Sweden as Europe’s most pro-gay country.
The new edition of the group’s “Rainbow Europe Country Index” says Sweden is the only European nation that passes all the group’s tests in areas such as anti-discrimination protections, recognition of same-sex partnerships and parenting, hate-crime and hate-speech laws, and equal age-of-consent laws.
“Our congratulations to Sweden for making sure its legislation and practices are fully inclusive and respectful of human rights of LGB people,” said ILGA-Europe board chair Martin K.I. Christensen.
Rounding out the top five highest-ranked were Belgium, Netherlands, Norway and Spain.