ILGA-Europe – the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

Country Ranking

The Country Ranking section is where you can see the bigger picture – quite literally.

This is the latest ILGA-Europe rating of 49 European countries.

The colour assigned to each country gives you an indication of where the countries are positioned on a scale between 0% (gross violations of human rights, discrimination) and 100% (respect of human rights, full equality).

gross violations of human
rights, discrimination
respect of human
rights, full equality
*under UNSCR 1244/99

How does ILGA-Europe decide on these rankings? The rankings are based on how the laws and policies of each country impact on the lives of LGBTI people. The ranking records a country’s legal standards for comparison with its European neighbours but the numbers only provide one part of the story. Our Annual Review gives a more nuanced, detailed overview of every country’s progress over the last twelve months and has a chapter dedicated to each country as well as developments at international level.

What categories do we use? ILGA-Europe track each country using a wide range of indicators; covering everything from equality, family issues and hate speech to legal gender recognition, freedom of expression and asylum rights. These benchmarking measures were first used by ILGA-Europe in 2009 and have been expanded on ever since. You can find out more about the individual criteria that ILGA-Europe use to create each Rainbow Europe Map in the Rainbow Module About Section.