Sweden slides down Europe’s ‘gay friendly’ rankings

The Nordic country has fallen from fourth to twelfth place in a review of how LGBTI people experience human rights across the continent, by campaign group ILGA-Europe.

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Sweden had previously been rated below only Malta, Belgium and the United Kingdom in the so-called Rainbow Europe Index, but this year countries like Denmark, France, Portugal and Finland bounded ahead, causing it to lose its position.

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However ILGA-Europe told The Local this was more a result of other nations improving their policies than life in Sweden getting worse for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people.

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