By Gay Travel
The United Nations released a “World Happiness Report” that rated every country on the planet on the level of its population’s happiness. The ratings take into account: healthy life expectancy, perceptions of corruption, GDP per capita, freedom to make life choices, social support, and generosity.
Take a look at the places that took the top spots and find out why each of these destinations are perfect for gay travelers.
The number one spot on the “World Happiness Report” belongs to Denmark. The majority of travelers to Denmark will find themselves in the city of Copenhagen where there is a larger metropolitan area. Copenhagen, one of the most gay-friendly cities in the world, has a special kind of charm. The city offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere to gay men and lesbians travelers. Copenhagen’s gay scene is located primarily in the city center and in Indre By. That is where you can expect to find most of the city’s gay bars and establishments.
In 1989, Denmark was the first country in the world to recognize registered partnerships for same-sex couples.
In 2009, it became possible for registered gay couples to adopt children.
In 2012, gay marriage was legalized.
Copenhagen has been named the most gay-friendly place on the planet.
Copenhagen is home to one of Europe’s oldest gay bars (est. 1917), Centralhjørnet, which openly became a gay bar in 1950s.
In 2009 Copenhagen hosted World Outgames.
Find out more with this Gay Guide to Denmark.
Norway’s most open and inclusive gay and lesbian community can be found in the capital, Oslo, where gay-friendly events and venues are many. Gay travelers can go to any restaurant or bar of their choice. However, there are certain venues where you are more likely to meet other gays and lesbians, mainly in the city center. Norway’s gay nightlife is not segregated as in some other countries; gays and lesbians often go to the same places, and different age groups mix.
The beauty of Norway is magnificent. Travelers will be taken away by the majesty of the landscapes that look like something out of a painting or movie. Even better, that same beauty can be found in the hearts and attitudes of the people of Norway. This is a place where all LGBT travelers can expect to be welcomed with open arms and free of any prejudice. Norway should definitely be on a gay travelers list of places to visit as it will undoubtedly have a life changing impact on you.
Norway became the sixth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage. Norway has allowed same-sex civil unions since the April 30 1993 Act, which came into force on August 1, 1993.The Registered Partnership Act grants virtually all the protections, responsibilities and benefits of marriage, including arrangements for the breakdown of the relationship.
Same-sex marriage became legal in Norway on January 1, 2009 when a gender neutral marriage bill was enacted after being passed by the Norwegian legislature in June 2008.
In 2014, EuroPride, the main LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) event in Europe, was held in Oslo.
Scandinavian Ski Pride is an annual gay happening where gay and lesbian people of all ages gather to have fun in the snow at Hemsedal, one of Norway’s best known ski-resorts. In 2015, the festival takes place on March 12-15.
Find out more with this Gay Guide to Norway.
Switzerland is filled with beautiful landscapes and wonderful charm. While the country as a whole came in at the #3 spot on the “World Happiness Report,” LGBT travelers may most enjoy Zurich, where there is a strong gay community and entertainment.
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland, and one of the wealthiest in Europe. Located right on the northwestern shores of Lake Zurich, this cosmopolitan town mixes seamlessly with the past and creates an environment that is often rated as one of the best places to live in the world. For the gay traveler, it is an outstanding place to visit.
Zurich has been permanently settled for over 7,000 years, which means there are plenty of historical sites to absorb. The Kunsthaus is one of the most important art museums in Europe, and the Swiss National Museum was built in 1898 and is one of the most revered cultural institutions on the continent. Bars, cafes and more clubs than most cities in Europe make Zurich an exciting and always-fun place to explore.
Switzerland has held an annual Coming Out Day since the mid-1990s, with the aim of encouraging the young LGBT community to develop a positive identity.
Same-sex sexual activity was decriminalized nationwide in 1942. Government discrimination based on sexual orientation was constitutionally prohibited in 1999. Registered partnerships have been recognized since January 2007.
LGBT people may adopt children singly and legal provision for same-sex couples to adopt is currently being debated in the Swiss parliament.
Find out more with this Gay Guide to Switzerland.