The happiest countries in the world are also the most LGBT-friendly

The World Happiness Report 2019 has been released and all of the top ten countries have an exemplary record on LGBTI rights. Finland, which was chosen as the happiest country, legalized homosexuality in 1972 (in all of the top 10 the happiest countries in the world homosexuality is decriminalized. The Netherlands, number 5 in the list, were the first to legally recognize same-sex relationships in 1811), it has equal age of consent for opposite-sex and same-sex relationships since 1999 (and this is one of the latest in the list, the majority of the happiest countries approved the equal age of consent between 1970 and 1990). Finland approves same-sex marriage and adoption, also protecting LGBT people from being discriminated against. All the happiest countries have anti-discriminatory laws, but they specify from country to country – if the Netherlands don’t specifically mention transgender individuals, Norway, number 3, has an extended version of the law to include special protections for intersex people. Switzerland, number 6, is the only country in the list which does not have same-sex marriages recognized. Most of the countries approve same-sex adoptions, for the majority of countries the adoption is available for couples, in Norway they are supposed to be married and committed, Switzerland allowes only to adopt a child of one’s civil partner. All the countries allow gay, lesbian and bisexual people to serve in the army, except number 4 – Iceland, but not because this country is discriminatory, there is no army in Iceland at all. As for trans people, only Denmark, number 2, New Zealand, number 8, and Switzerland ban them from serving.