Lonely Planet Writer

These are the best countries in the world for LGBT workers

As July begins, successful, well-attended Pride events are winding down in cities all over the world. With openness and inclusion being at the forefront of many global campaigns, as well as the fact that more and more young people are willing to travel for work, a brand new study has just been released that outlines the best countries for LGBT workers.

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The study looked at factors that included workplace discrimination laws, employee rights, minimum wage and the inclusion of the LGBT community. Image by laverrue was here

Called the LGBT Worldwide Workplace Index, the study was conducted by Silver Swan Recruitment, and looked at several key factors in every country around the world, including workplace discrimination laws, employee rights, minimum wage and the inclusion of the LGBT community. The results were then correlated to list the 30 best countries for LGBT employees to work. Topping the list was Luxembourg, which took the number one spot thanks to its anti-discrimination laws, high minimum wage, low unemployment rate and its recognition as one of the most LGBT-friendly countries according to the Gay Travel Index.

Luxembourg was named as the most LGBT-friendly country in the world for workers.
Luxembourg was named as the most LGBT-friendly country in the world for workers. Image by Frédéric Collin/Getty Images

Other countries ranking high on the index included Australia, New Zealand, Monaco, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The study also found that Australia has the highest minimum wage at US$9.54 (€8.22) per hour, Iceland has the highest employment rate in the world, with over 80% of the population in employment, while Canada and Sweden were listed as the most LGBT-friendly countries on the gay travel index.

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Australia came second in the ranking. Image by Production Perig/Shutterstock

“We wanted to take a closer look into workplace equality around the world by examining the best countries for LGBT workers, which was research we could not find anywhere else. It was fascinating to see the results, and we hope this information will be an interesting and insightful source of research for both workers and employers around the world, and specifically those looking to work globally,” said Philippa Smith, managing director of Silver Swan.

Rounding off the top 20 was the Czech Republic, Malta, Portugal, Estonia, Norway, Cyprus, Republic of Ireland, Canada, Israel, Finland and Chile.

The full list of top 30 countries is available here.