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New Study Ranks World’s Most LGBTQI+ Friendly Countries to Work In

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  • Norway & Netherlands Top the List: These countries excel in LGBTQI+ inclusivity, safety, and discrimination protection.
  • EU Leads the Way: European countries dominate the top 10.
  • Canada has the highest safety score for LGBTQI+ individuals

Everyone should feel safe, included and valued in their place of work, and despite the progress made in recent years, this is still a struggle for many LGBTQI+ employees.

Research shows that LGBTQI+ workers experience higher job dissatisfaction, lower psychological safety and higher levels of workplace conflict than their heterosexual counterparts. With this in mind, flexible workspace specialists Instant Offices wanted to uncover the countries that were going in the right direction, by ranking 24 countries according to criteria like safety, social acceptance and employment discrimination protection they were able to rank the world’s most LGBTQI+ inclusive countries to work and live in. 

The Top 10 Most Inclusive Countries for LGBTQI+ People

RANKCOUNTRY SOCIAL ACCEPTANCE OF LGBTQI+SAFETY SCORE FOR LGBTQI+SAFETY SCORE FOR LGBTQI+
1Norway9.383581*
1Netherlands9.463731
3Canada9.023831
4Spain8.773561
5Sweden9.183771
6Belgium7.953431
7Germany7.733091
8France7.733381
8Australia8.033041
10UK8.343421

Norway and the Netherlands share the top spot for inclusive treatment of LGBTQI+ employees whilst both also being the among the top 5 safest countries for the LGBTQI+ community. 

The highest social acceptance score went to the Netherlands. The country was famously the first in the world to legalise same-sex marriage, and the much-loved Amsterdam Pride celebration attracts several hundred thousand visitors from across the globe each year. 

Canada had the highest safety score for LGBTQI+ people. Asher & Lyric’s LGBTQI+ Danger Index in 2023 ranked Canada in top place according to its legal recognition of LGBTQI+ relationships, constitutional protection of LGBTQI+ people, and criminalisation of violence against them.

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Statistics show that even high-scoring countries have a long way to go, especially when it comes to the recognition and acceptance of trans and non-binary people, therefore Instant Offices have provided 6 tips that will help companies create a culture of LGBTQI+ acceptance.

6 Ways to Create a Culture of LGBTQI+ Acceptance at Your Company

  1. Communicate your diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) goals to all employees and provide DEI training for all employees. This includes explaining what it means to be an LGBTQI+ ally. Read more about DEI in the workplace.
  2. Use inclusive language and encourage all employees to do the same.
  3. Review your DEI practices regularly and identify the areas that need improvement.
  4. Follow inclusive recruitment practices.
  5. Create an employee resource group (ERG) for LGBTQI+ employees.
  6. Encourage the celebration of Pride in the workplace.

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Methodology

Using a seed list of countries with the highest GDPs, we gathered data on the equality index, employment discrimination protection, social acceptance, and safety of LGBTQI+ people. We then ranked each country from highest to lowest and scored the total for each country to make our final list.

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