The Mediterranian archipelago country topped the Europe Rainbow Index for the fourth year in a row
Malta is famous for its 300 sunny days per year, crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean sea and picturesque architecture entangled with narrow streets. And according to a new ranking, the archipelago state is also the most LGBTQ-friendly country in Europe.
Every year, the Europe Rainbow Index evaluates countries in six different categories. It measures the state of equality and absence of discrimination of LGBTQ individuals, as well as the level of family acceptance, civil society space, legal gender recognition and body integrity, hate crime and hate speech, and asylum opportunities.
From the categories, the index calculates an overall score in per cents where zero per cent represents gross violations of human rights and discrimination while 100 per cent reflects the respect of human rights and full equality.
In this year’s ranking, Malta has managed to get an overall score of 90.35 per cent. This makes it the most LGBTQ-friendly country in Europe for the fourth time in a row.
Belgium came in second followed by Luxembourg
“The Maltese have a reputation for kindness and excellent hospitality, and this is absolutely reflected in how they welcome all travellers to the island, including the LGBTQ market,” said Peter Vella, director UK and Ireland of Malta Tourism Authority.
“Malta holds a unique combination of traditional and historical culture with a contemporary and welcoming mindset towards LGBTQ travellers and our people continue to set an impressive example for other European countries to follow.”
On the opposite side of the list lies Azerbaijan with only 3.33 per cent. Turkey scored 5.61 per cent and Armenia 6.49 per cent.
Spartacus Gay Travel Index names Portugal the top country
Europe Rainbow Index is not the only tool that helps the LGBTQ community to determine the level of acceptance in various countries. Recently, the annual Spartacus Gay Travel Index, which evaluates 197 countries and regions around the world, has named Portugal the very best gay-friendly destination.
The index underlined improvements in law for trans- and intersexuals in the country as well as initiatives against hate crime. Portugal has managed to rise up from the 27th position to share the first rank with Denmark and Canada.
Malta ended up in shared second place in the Spartacus rating.