LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Rainbow Europe 2018

Find the 2018 Rainbow Europe materials here:

All the Rainbow Europe 2018 information is published on www.rainbow-europe.org 

Visit the dedicated Rainbow Europe web module for all the information behind each country's score!


(Extract from the Rainbow Europe media release 14 May 2018 - read the full text here)

The 2018 Rainbow Europe Map and Index reveal that fewer countries are moving up the country ranking; many are stagnating, including countries that are traditionally perceived as equality ‘frontrunners’.

ILGA-Europe’s annual benchmarking tool, which ranks 49 countries in Europe on their LGBTI equality laws and policies, reveals a region where advances are not being made at the rate they once were. This lack of sustained progress on LGBTI equality issues should set off alarm bells for policymakers and advocates alike.

Against a backdrop of backlash on human rights across Europe, how can states possibly think the work on LGBTI equality is finished?” said ILGA-Europe Executive Director Evelyne Paradis. “The incredible achievements of the past decade are at stake. Let’s not make the mistake of thinking that we have achieved equality. There are too many signs that trends like populism and nationalism aren’t political buzzwords – they can have a lasting impact on the lives of LGBTI people in Europe.  There are too many signs around us that many of the recent wins are fragile. So let me say it again – we are nowhere near done.”


The 2018 Rainbow Europe Index, Map and Annual Review all contain valuable information for European policymakers and the LGBTI movement.

Rainbow Europe Map and Index

The Rainbow Europe Map ranks 49 European countries on their respective legal and policy practices for LGBTI people, from 0-100%.

Top 3, Rainbow Europe Map 2018

Bottom 3, Rainbow Europe Map 2018

  1. Malta – 91%

47. Turkey – 9%

  1. Belgium – 79%

48. Armenia – 7%

  1. Norway – 78%

49. Azerbaijan – 5%

The Rainbow Europe 2018 individual criteria and the percentage ‘weight’ assigned to them remain exactly the same as the 2017 version, meaning that it is easier than ever before to compare a country’s momentum (or lack thereof!) on LGBTI equality laws.

Annual Review

The Rainbow Map/Index presents a picture of what the policy landscape is like right now, while the Annual Review also attempts to answer the question “what’s next?”  Recommendations for national policymakers have been included in the Annual Review for the second time. These are intended to encourage policymakers to address the most pressing legal and policy priorities within the framework of our Rainbow Map/Index.