South Korea Rainbow Index in 2016
Korea’s Rainbow Index in 2016 was 12.32%, which was a 0.68%p decrease from 13.0% in 2015. The increase is due to change in the weights and areas of evaluation, and does not imply actual change. In 2015, South Korea’s index was similar to that of Macedonia (13%), which ranked 43th among 49 European countries. In 2016, South Korea’s index was slightly lower than that of Belarus and Ukraine(13%), which ranked 44th, and also saw a relative decrease. Countries with indices lower than that of South Korea were Monaco (11%), Turkey (9%), Armenia (7%), Russia (7%), and Azerbaijan (5%). Those with high indices included Malta (88%), Belgium (82%), the United Kingdom (81%), Denmark (71%), and Spain (70%).
The following table shows the existence of laws and policies, or lack thereof, related to sexual orientation and gender identity in South Korea, and calculates the Rainbow Index in accordance with the framework of the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Map (Index) of May 2016 and the standards explicated in the Rainbow Europe