Sweden stagnates in European gay rights rankings

Sweden has failed to make any progress in the newest edition of a review of European LGBTI human rights, continuing in 12th place as the worst performer in Scandinavia as other countries introduce more comprehensive policies.

Every year, campaign group ILGA-Europe releases its Rainbow Index and Rainbow Europe Map detailing the legal and policy human rights situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people across Europe. And while Sweden was once considered to be the top country in Scandinavia and the fourth best in Europe, it fell to 12th position in 2016, and has failed to improve this year.

The index highlights a "gap within Sweden's legal framework, as it currently does not mention gender identity or sex characteristics within its hate crime or speech laws". Read more via the Local