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Why Germany is one of the best countries for LGBT workers

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Why Germany is one of the best countries for LGBT workers
Officials at Hamburg City Hall. Photo: DPA.
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Germany might not grant full equal rights to its gay residents, but it’s still among the best locations for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees in Europe.

Germany is the fourth best European country to work in if you identify as LGBT, according to a recent study by Expert Market.

Business price comparison firm Expert Market analyzed 43 countries in European for various legal and social factors to produce the ranking, released earlier this month.

The analysis took into consideration factors like non-discrimination legislation, workplace policies, fair housing measures as well as job-related issues such as unemployment and monthly disposable income.

“There are a lot of studies on where to go when you’re LGBT, but they’re more related to the best cities to visit, not the best cities to work,” Benjamin Pelosse from Expert Market told The Local.

The problems of LGBT people in the workplace are “not well recognized, so to have anti-discrimination laws is quite powerful,” Pelosse added.

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Norway took the top spot, followed by Finland and Belgium. Sweden was placed after Germany at number five.

“Norway had the best protections against discrimination you can have, and tolerance is also quite high,” Pelosse explained.

“The unemployment rate is low, the disposable salary is high. If I am an LGBT worker, it’s one of the best countries to be in for sure.”

Germany does not grant same-sex marriage or full adoption rights to gay couples, but it did win high marks in the ranking for its protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in the workplace.

SEE ALSO: How Germany still falls behind on gay rights

The five countries that the report said LGBT workers should “avoid” were Armenia, Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Russia.

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