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Culture > Sexuality > Homosexuality > Legality of homosexual acts: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Same-sex sexual activity.

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COUNTRY DESCRIPTION
Afghanistan Illegal (Penalty: Death)
Albania Legal since 1995 UN decl. sign.
Algeria Illegal (Penalty: Fine - Up to 2 years prison or viligante executions)
Andorra Legal since 1791 (as part of France) UN decl. sign.
Angola Illegal
Argentina Legal since 1887 UN decl. sign.
Armenia Legal since 2003 UN decl. sign.
Austria Legal since 1971 UN decl. sign.
Azerbaijan Legal since 2000
Bahrain Legal since 1976
Bangladesh Illegal (Penalty: 10 years to life)
Belarus Legal since 1994
Belgium Legal since 1795 (as part of France) UN decl. sign.
Belize Male llegal since September 19, 2003 (Penalty: 10 year prison sentence). Female legal. (Foreign gay males and females are rejected from entering the country due to the Belize Immigration Act)
Benin Legal
Bhutan Illegal (Penalty: prison sentence up to 1 year; no cases of penalty actually enforced)
Bolivia Legal UN decl. sign.
Bosnia and Herzegovina Legal since 1998 UN decl. sign.
Botswana Illegal (Penalty: Fine - 7 years, Though never enforced)
Brazil Decriminalized since 1824, Legal since 1830 UN decl. sign.
Brunei Illegal (Penalty: fine or prison sentence up to 10 years)
Bulgaria Legal since 1968 UN decl. sign.
Burkina Faso Legal
Burma Illegal (Penalty: up to life sentence)
Burundi Illegal since 2009 (Penalty: 3 months to 2 years imprisonment and/or fine)
Cambodia Legal
Cameroon Illegal (Penalty: Fine to 5 years prison)
Canada Legal since 1969 (Age of consent discrepancy, prohibition of anal intercourse in some cases) UN decl. sign.
Cape Verde Legal since 2004 UN decl. sign.
Central African Republic Legal UN decl. sign.
Chad Legal since 1967
Chile Legal since 1998 (Age of consent discrepancy) UN decl. sign.
Colombia Legal since 1981 UN decl. sign.
Comoros Illegal (Penalty: 5 years imprisonment and/or fine)
Costa Rica Legal since 1971 UN decl. sign.
Croatia Legal since 1977 UN decl. sign.
Cyprus Legal since 1998 UN decl. sign.
Czech Republic Legal since 1962 UN decl. sign.
Denmark Legal since 1933 UN decl. sign.
Djibouti Legal
East Timor Legal since 1975 UN decl. sign.
Ecuador Legal since 1997 UN decl. sign.
Egypt Not specifically illegal, but is illegalized through broadly written morality laws (Penalty: Fines, torture, up to 17 years in jail with or without hard labor, or viligante executions)|
El Salvador Legal since 1800's UN decl. sign.
Equatorial Guinea Legal
Eritrea Illegal (Penalty: Up to 3 years imprisonment)
Estonia Legal since 1992 UN decl. sign.
Ethiopia Illegal
Federated States of Micronesia Legal UN decl. sign.
Fiji Legal since 2010 UN decl. sign.
Finland Legal since 1971 UN decl. sign.
France Legal since 1791 UN decl. sign.
Gabon Legal UN decl. sign.
Gambia Illegal (Penalty: up to 14 years imprisonment)
Georgia Legal since 2000 UN decl. sign.
Germany Legal since 1969 (since 1968 in East Germany ) UN decl. sign.
Ghana Male illegal (Penalty: up to 3 years imprisonment for consensual acts) Female uncertain
Greece Legal in 1951 (Age of consent discrepancy). UN decl. sign.
Guatemala Legal since 1871 UN decl. sign.
Guinea Illegal (Penalty: 6 months to 3 years imprisonment)
Guinea-Bissau Legal since 1993 UN decl. sign.
Guyana Illegal (Penalty: Up to life imprisonment)
Holy See (Vatican City) Legal
Honduras Legal since 1899 UN decl. sign.
Hungary Legal since 1962 UN decl. sign.
Iceland Legal since 1940 UN decl. sign.
India Illegal since 1860 . Penalties up to life imprisonment.
Indonesia Legal except for Muslims in Aceh Province
Iran Illegal (Penalty: Death)
Iraq Legal since 2003
Ireland Legal since 1993 UN decl. sign.
Israel Legal since 1963 de facto 1988 de jure UN decl. sign.
Italy Legal since 1890 UN decl. sign.
Japan Legal since 1880 (was illegal from 1872-1880; before that there were no laws forbidding same sex relationships) UN decl. sign.
Jordan Legal since 1951
Kazakhstan Legal since 1998
Kenya Male illegal (Penalty: up to 14 years imprisonment) Female presumed to be illegal.
Kiribati Male illegal Female legal
Kosovo Legal since 1994 (as part of Yugoslavia)
Kuwait Male illegal (Penalty: Fines or up to 6 year prison sentence) Female legal
Kyrgyzstan Legal since 1998
Laos Legal
Latvia Legal since 1992 UN decl. sign.
Lebanon Illegal (Penalty: Up to 6 months in prison)
Lesotho Male illegal Female legal
Liberia Illegal (Penalty: 1 year imprisonment)
Libya Illegal (Penalty: Up to 5 years prison).
Liechtenstein Legal since 1989 UN decl. sign.
Lithuania Legal since 1993 UN decl. sign.
Luxembourg Legal since 1795 (as part of France) UN decl. sign.
Madagascar Legal
Malawi Illegal (Penalty: Up to 14 years imprisonment and/or whippings)
Malaysia Male illegal (Penalty: fines, prison sentence (2-20 years), or whippings) Female legal
Maldives Up to death . Shariah law applies. Whippings, house arrest, deportation, and up to 6 years in jail. Vigilante attacks and executions occur.
Mali Legal
Malta Legal since 1973 UN decl. sign.
Marshall Islands Legal since 2005 UN decl. sign.
Mauritania Illegal (Penalty: Death penalty. However, no executions for any crime since 1987)
Mauritius Male illegal (Penalty: Up to 5 years imprisonment) Female legal (national debate over repeal of the law) UN decl. sign.
Mexico Legal since 1872 UN decl. sign.
Moldova Legal since 1995
Monaco Legal since 1793 (as part of France)
Mongolia Legal since 2002
Montenegro Legal since 1977 UN decl. sign.
Mozambique Legal
Namibia Illegal (not enforced)
Nauru Male illegal Female legal (legalisation proposed) UN decl. sign.
Nepal Legal since 2007 UN decl. sign.
Netherlands Legal since 1811 (as part of France) UN decl. sign.
New Zealand Legal since 1986 UN decl. sign.
Nicaragua Legal since 2008 UN decl. sign.
Niger Legal
Nigeria Illegal (Penalty: Prison time, fines, corporal punishment, to death penalty)
North Korea Legal
Norway Legal since 1972 UN decl. sign.
Oman Illegal (Penalty: fines, prison sentence up to 3 years; however, only enforced when dealing with "public scandal")
Pakistan Illegal (Penalty: 2 years to life sentence)
Palau Male illegal Female legal UN decl. sign.
Panama Legal since 2008 UN decl. sign.
Papua New Guinea Male Illegal (Penalty: 3 to 14 years imprisonment) Female Unknown
Paraguay Legal since 1880 UN decl. sign.
Peru Legal since 1836-37
Philippines Legal except for Muslims in Marawi City
Poland Legal Never punished (Legal until 18th century, criminalized in 19th by laws of Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary, legal again since 1932) UN decl. sign.
Portugal Legal since 1983 UN decl. sign.
Qatar Male illegal (Penalty: fines, prison sentence up to 5 years) Female legal
Republic of Macedonia Legal since 1996 UN decl. sign.
Republic of the Congo Legal
Romania Legal since 1996 Previously legal from 1864 to 1968. UN decl. sign.
Rwanda Legal UN decl. sign.
San Marino Legal since 2001 UN decl. sign.
Saudi Arabia Illegal (Penalty: death or life imprisonment)
Senegal Illegal (Penalty: 1 to 5 years imprisonment)
Serbia Legal since 1994 UN decl. sign.
Seychelles Male illegal (Penalty: Up to 14 years imprisonment) Female legal (decriminalisation proposed ) UN decl. sign.
Sierra Leone Male illegal (Penalty: Life imprisonment) Female legal UN decl. sign.
Singapore Male illegal (Penalty: up to 2 years prison sentence; no plan to repeal 377A and not enforced since 1999) Female legal
Slovakia Legal since 1962 UN decl. sign.
Slovenia Legal since 1977 UN decl. sign.
Solomon Islands Illegal (Up to 14 years imprisonment)
Somalia Illegal
South Africa Male legal since 1998 (retroactive to 1994) Female always legal UN decl. sign.
South Korea Legal UN decl. sign.
South Sudan Illegal (Penalty: Up to 10 years.)
Spain Legal since 1979 UN decl. sign.
Sri Lanka Illegal
Sudan Illegal (Penalty: Corporal Punishment. Death penalty for men on third offense. Death penalty on fourth offense for women)
Suriname Legal since 1869
Swaziland Male illegal Female legal Pending law includes outlawing lesbian sex conduct.
Sweden Legal since 1944 UN decl. sign.
Switzerland Legal ( Geneva , Vaud , Valais and Ticino : since 1798 Nationwide since 1942) UN decl. sign.
Syria Illegal (Penalty: prison sentence up to 3 years)
Tajikistan Legal since 1998
Tanzania Illegal (Penalty: Up to life imprisonment)
Thailand Legal since 1956
Togo Illegal (Penalty: Fine and/or a 3 year prison sentence)
Tunisia Illegal (Penalty: Fine - 3 years)
Turkey Legal since 1858
Turkmenistan Male illegal (Penalty: up to 2 year prison sentence) Female legal
Uganda Male Illegal (Penalty: Up to life imprisonment) Female Illegal since 2000. (Penalty: Up to 7 years imprisonment)
Ukraine Legal since 1991 UN decl. sign.
United Arab Emirates Illegal (Penalty: deportation, fines or prison time)
United Kingdom Legal in England and Wales since 1967 in Scotland since 1981 in Northern Ireland since 1982 UN decl. sign.
United States Legal nationwide since 2003. UN decl. sign. See Lawrence v. Texas
Uruguay Legal since 1934 UN decl. sign.
Uzbekistan Male illegal (Penalty: up to 3 year prison sentence) Female legal
Vanuatu Legal since 2007 UN decl. sign.
Venezuela Legal since 1997 . UN decl. sign.
Vietnam Legal (no laws against homosexuality have ever existed)
Yemen Illegal (Penalty: Death)
Zambia Illegal (Penalty: up to 14 years imprisonment)
Zimbabwe Male illegal Female legal

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