Sunday, May 19, 2013

Do you like your gay neighbours?

Head over to a survey about people who indicate that they would not like to have homosexuals as neighbours. 

The survey has been published in economic journal Kyklos, and its authors are Therese Nilsson and Niclas Berggren. They believe that these results show the correlation between economic freedoms, such as small government and stable monetary policy, and tolerance of those of a different race or sexuality. Their work found that tolerance of homosexuality is particularly strongly correlated with economic freedom.

The least intolerance rates to gay neighbours are in Sweden (3,6%), Spain (7,4%) and Switzerland (11,1%). In U.S. the value is 25,1% and Canada is 14%. In the countries where same-sex marriage law has been recently legalized the intolerance to gays is: 28,8% in France, 16,3% in Uruguay and 17,3% in New Zealand.

On the opposite side of this survey's results are Jordan (95,1%), Iran (93%), Turkey (88%) and South Korea (87,3%), where homophobia is greatest.

Note: although the survey refers to a significant number of countries, there are no data about all countries of the world. In this regard, especially missing results from most African countries.

For more information and to check the interactive's world map visit The Telegraph's post.

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