Even though sexual orientation is still somewhat a sensitive issue, it seems that it is becoming less of a taboo issue at a global level, and here we will see some of the gayest countries in the world per capita.
A stubborn argument of ignorant people is that being gay is simply matter of choice. But some things are better explained by science, and this is also one of them. Since we are the part of nature, even though we sometimes see ourselves as something out of it, we should have in mind that homosexuality is not “reserved” for human species only. As science has studied, homosexuality is common throughout the animal kingdom, as well.
Homosexuality is not caused by a single factor but is rather a result of multiple of causes, scientists have agreed. Those are biological, environmental and cognitive factors. From the evolutionary point of view, great answers on homosexuality issues are nicely explained by pioneering evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, as you can see here.
Since we have seen that being gay is actually primarily a matter of biology, it is a logical assumption that global percentage of the gay population (which is approximately 3-5% and up to 10% according to some researches) can be transferred to a percentage of the gay population of each country. Things should be much easier that way. But, of course, being a delicate issue, we have the data from surveys which unfortunately have several deficiencies. First, not whole population percentage can be taken into account and second, more important issue, comes from the participants themselves: not everyone will admit they are gay. But that is the matter of social issues in particular countries and regions in the world. For example, research has shown that views on homosexuality depend on several factors. It seems that tolerance toward homosexuality is greatly influenced by religious impact in the country, the wealth of the country and freedom of speech. So, the most opened regions towards homosexuality and most gay-friendly countries are Europe and North America, while the least gay-friendly are the Middle East and African countries. In some of those, homosexuality is even punished by death.
So, because of the obvious issues on the matter which countries have the highest percentage of LGBT people, the data we can rely on are the surveys themselves. Also, most countries do not conduct surveys on this matter usually, and that is why we would probably not have the most accurate figures. One of the research points could be a percentage of gay marriages per country, but we all know not all countries are happily accepting gay marriage, and not all countries have it legalized (as much as 74). On the matter of this subject, make sure to also take a look at the 10 Countries with the Biggest Gay Populations in the World.
Our information on the gayest countries in the world per capita comes from various resources. We have started form Pink News and Dalia Research, to name a few. Then, after we have seen some countries appearing more than others, we have checked some individual data for them and for some other countries on several other resources, as you will see below, in order to find those suitable for our list.
You should also have in mind that sample size used in the researches we used, wasn’t the same and that different approaches and different research questions were asked during the surveys. But that’s just one of the issues why these polls are not the most reliable ones. Surely there are more gay people than these statistics show, which can be nicely seen as the time passes. Almost every region shows the higher percentage of the homosexual population than before, as they state. But then the question arises, what is ‘before’? Well, some results change even in the span of several years, in case of the UK for example, but you will read more on that later. Anyway, since they are the only actual source we have regarding the gayest countries in the world per capita, let’s proceed down to our list and see which those countries are: