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Israel the 7th-best country for gay men

27 out of 30 ‘least happy’ countries for homosexual men are in Africa and the Middle East

Flags seen during the Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv, June 7, 2013. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Flags seen during the Gay Pride parade in Tel Aviv, June 7, 2013. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Israel is the world’s seventh-best country for gay men, according to a poll of 115,000 gay men in 127 countries.

The Gay Happiness Index, a collaboration of the gay dating network Planet Romeo and researchers from Germany’s Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, named Iceland the best country for gay men, followed in order by three other Nordic nations — Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

The United States was 26th in the survey.

Twenty-seven of the 30 least-happy countries for gay men are located in Africa and the Middle East.

The survey claims that the sample of men who were polled was taken from Planet Romeo’s index of 1.8 million users. The list used three categories to rank countries: public opinion, or how society in that country views gay men; public behavior, which took public discrimination into account; and general life satisfaction.

The full list can be found here.

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