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The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is higher than anywhere else in Europe, a new study finds.

The survey by Berlin startup Dalia published this week found that 5.9 percent of Europeans identify as LGBT when offered a choice between heterosexual or LGBT. The proportion was highest in Germany, where 7.4 percent of respondents identified as LGBT, and lowest in Hungary, at 1.5 percent.

But when the survey asked people to select their orientation somewhere along a scale, the proportion across Europe who identified as something other than heterosexual was almost twice as high, at 10 percent.

The survey asked a representative sample of 12,000 respondents about their sexual orientation. It was conducted anonymously via the internet, a methodology which Dalia claims encourages respondents to answer more honestly than in face-to-face or phone interviews.

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The percentage of the German population which identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is higher than anywhere else in Europe, a new study finds. The survey by Berlin startup Dalia published this week found that 5.9 percent of Europeans identify as LGBT when offered a choice between heterosexual...