November 11, 2009
Greece and Cyprus most anti-gay countries in Europe
Discrimination against LGBT people is worse in Europe’s Mediterranean countries, with more people in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and France believing that discrimination against LGBT people is widespread in their country.
A new opinion survey released by the European Commission reveals that around one in six people in Europe claim to have personally experienced discrimination on the basis of race, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation in the past year.
Discrimination due to age and disability are seen as the greatest problems, with 64% of people expecting the economic downturn to lead to more age discrimination in the job market.
Across the whole of Europe, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is considered to be less widespread in 2009 compared to 2008.
47% of Europeans believe that discrimination against LGBT is widespread. The figure rises to 66% for Cyprus, 64% for Greece and 61% for both Italy and France.
People from countries which are new to the EU believe that LGBT discrimination is far less of a problem in their country. Just 22% of people in Bulgaria and the Czech Republic consider discrimination against LGBT to be widespread. The figure is 27% for Slovakia and 28% for Estonia.
Critically, people from the Eastern European countries which reported low levels of LGBT discrimination were also found to have a lower than average number of LGBT friends.
Across Europe, 38% of survey respondents said they had LGBT friends. However in Bulgaria only 7% of those surveyed had LGBT friends. The figure is 20% for the Czech Republic, 15% for Slovakia and 17% for Estonia.
The highest reported number of gay friends was in The Netherlands (68%), Sweden and France (both 59%).
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