ILGA-Europe has announced that Malta has been ranked the number one travel destination on the Europe Rainbow Index 2018 for the third year running.
Out of a total of 49 European countries, Malta has been awarded an impressive 91% in regards to laws and policies impacting the lives of LGBTQ people.
Beginning in 2009, the European Rainbow Index tracks LGBTQ equality across Europe and covers a range of factors including family issues, legal gender recognition and asylum rights. Each country is positioned on the scale, with 100% being the most accurate of respect for human rights and full equality in society, and 0% showing gross violation of human rights and discrimination.
Malta’s winning margin has increased to an impressive 12% in 2018; Belgium is second with 79% and third place now goes to Norway with 78%. The UK follows in fourth place at 73%.
Peter Vella, director UK & Ireland Malta Tourism Authority, said: “The Maltese continue to set an example to the rest of World by being recognised as the most LGBT+ friendly people in Europe, for the third year running.”
Malta has firmly cemented itself as a destination for LGBT+ travellers with a thriving nightlife and friendly atmosphere. Same-sex marriage was legalised in July 2017, meaning couples can also choose to get married on the Maltese Islands.