Acceptance of homosexuality in the Netherlands 2011

The Dutch government wishes to promote the social acceptance of homosexuality. To gain an impression of the current status and the progress in achieving this objective, the government asked the Netherlands Institute for Social Research/SCP to carry out a study of the current statistics and trends in this regard.

This report shows that the Netherlands is still the most gay-tolerant country in Europe. Nonetheless, there are limits to that tolerance and there are some groups in Dutch society which clearly have more difficulty with homosexuality than others (e.g. young people, members of orthodox religions and non-Western migrants).

Author Saskia Keuzenkamp is head of the Emancipation, Youth and Family research group at SCP, and is also professor of an endowed chair in Emancipation at VU University Amsterdam.