In honour of the start of LGBTQ+ history month, here are Europe’s top 5 LGBTQ+ friendly countries you should add to your bucket list. Whether simply for a romantic get away with a loved one, or a chance to experience Pride in another country, these five countries know the undeniable truth that love is love and are must-gos for our LGBTQ+ and ally readers!
For many of us, this is unsurprising, but Malta is ranked as the best country to visit in Europe for LGBT+ people. Due to the overwhelming support for individuals, despite the history of Malta, this island in the Mediterranean is an underrated get-away for any LGBT+ historian who enjoys delving into lesser known histories throughout the world. If ruins, are not your thing, there are beautiful beaches around the island, and a plethora of LGBT bars and clubs to be enjoyed.
Belgium ranks as number two on this list, and nestled next to the Netherlands and France, this small country is unexpectedly friendly towards LGBT+ people. This land of chocolate is surprisingly full of amazing sculptures and beautiful parks, as well as delicious waffles and of course chocolate.
The first of two Scandinavian countries on this list is Norway. Unsurprisingly, this Nordic country is as LGBTQ+ friendly as their neighbour- Finland who features later in this list. Norway was ranked as the second highest place in the world for LGBTQ+ happiness according to Planet Romeo’s Gay Happiness Index. Discrimination against LGBTQ+ people has been illegal since 1981, and the vibrant culture and picturesque views of the Fjords and mountains, has been drawing in travellers from all backgrounds for many years, and will continue to do so for many more.
4. The United Kingdom
Our own country, is unsurprisingly on this list, despite there being a dramatic increase in hate crimes in the past few years, the UK is often at the forefront of LGBTQ+ rights, and there are many LGBTQ+ friendly spaces in most cities, from G.A.Y in London, to the city of Brighton itself, and the Pink Triangle here in Newcastle, there is a lot to offer for LGBTQ+ travellers from all over the world to come and enjoy.
Finland is not the first country that comes to mind when you think of LGBTQ+ locations, but nestled in the East of Scandinavia, this beautifully forested country is very accepting of LGBTQ+ individuals. LGBTQ+ discrimination has been outlawed there since 2004, and the abundance of LGBTQ+ friendly saunas, dotted throughout Helsinki allow for many travellers to experience the culture of Finland, whilst being protected by law, from harm and discrimination.
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Last modified: 20th February 2020