The European Commission’s Eurobarometer survey looks at the discrimination and social acceptance of LGBTI people throughout the European Union. The survey was carried out in May 2019 and the evaluation has now been published. How tolerant is Europe and what have been the developments since the last survey in 2015? Spartacus has selected the most relevant figures for you:

 

53 percent of Europeans …

…would be comfortable if two women kissed in front of them. For two men it would only be 49 percent. In Germany, the figures diverge even further: a whole 7 percent of those surveyed here would feel more comfortable if the same-sex couple were female. Every European country still shows this kind of differentiation in the survey.

 

By 5 percent …

… the EU average value of LGBT-acceptance has risen since the last survey in 2015. It currently stands at 72 percent.

 

95 percent of Swedes …

… have no problem with homosexual couples. This makes the nation the most homo-friendly and tolerant country in Europe. The Netherlands (92 percent) and Denmark (90 percent) rank second and third respectively.

 

With only 20 percent …

… Bulgaria is the worst performer, behind Latvia (25 percent) and Slovakia (29 percent), making them the most homophobic countries.

 

12 percent of Germans …

have apparently changed their minds since the last survey: Germany ranks 6th with 86 percent – that means an increase of 12 percent. Together with Poland (now 49 percent), acceptance increased here the most.

 

In eight countries …

… acceptance has declined since the last survey. These include Bulgaria, Slovakia, Italy, Ireland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Croatia.

 

1st place goes to Malta …

… in the vote on the question of the third gender. No other European nation is as open to the third option as Malta. 67% are in favour of public papers and documents holding an option for people who do not identify as male or female. In Germany, only 59 percent are inclined to this.

 

 

83 percent of Spaniards …

… advocate that transsexuals and transgenders can change their sex on documents and identity cards. In Germany 70 percent of those surveyed are in favour, in Bulgaria only 12.

 

88 percent of Germans …

… are of the opinion that homosexuals should have the same rights as heterosexuals. In 2015 only 70 percent of Germans made this statement. Europe-wide tolerance also rose by 5 percentage points – to 76 percent.

 

 

Only for 69 percent of Europeans …

… there is no doubt that marriage should be opened up to homosexual couples throughout Europe. In Germany the figure is 84 percent. Bulgaria once again comes last: Here only 16 percent said they were in favour of equal rights for married couples.

You can find all the exact figures and results here.

 

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