The 15 Most Suicidal Countries In The World

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There are two big trends in suicide around the world:

1. Men kill themselves more than women.

2. Recessions drive up the rate of suicide.

It’s the second factor that’s particularly disconcerting. While America’s suicide rate is relatively low — 11 per 100,000 — we are also in the midst of an protracted recession.

Much of Eastern Europe, including Russia, count among the most suicidal countries in the world. So does Japan.

#15 Belgium

Suicide rate: 18.4 per 100,000

Male: 27.2 per 100,000

Female: 9.5 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (1999). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

#14 Finland

Suicide rate: 19 per 100,000

Male: 28.9 per 100,000

Female: 9 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (2006). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

#13 Serbia

Suicide rate: 19.8 per 100,000

Male: 28.4 per 100,000

Female: 11.1 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (2006). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

#12 Latvia

Suicide rate: 20.9 per 100,000

Male: 34.1 per 100,000

Female: 7.7 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (2007). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

#11 Estonia

Suicide rate: 21.4 per 100,000

Male: 35.5 per 100,000

Female: 7.3 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (2005). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

#10 Slovenia

Suicide rate: 21.7 per 100,000

Male: 33.7 per 100,000

Female: 9.7 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (2007). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

#9 Republic of Korea (South Korea)

Suicide rate: 21.9 per 100,000

Male: 29.6 per 100,000

Female: 14.1 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (2006). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

#8 Guyana

Suicide rate: 22.7 per 100,000

Male: 33.8 per 100,000

Female: 11.6 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (2005). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

#7 Japan

Suicide rate: 24.8 per 100,000

Male: 35.8 per 100,000

Female: 13.7 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (2007). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

#6 Hungary

Suicide rate: 26.8 per 100,000

Male: 42.3 per 100,000

Female: 11.2 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (2005). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

#5 Kazakhstan

Suicide rate: 27.6 per 100,000

Male: 46.2 per 100,000

Female: 9 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (2007). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

#4 Sri Lanka

Suicide rate: 30.7 per 100,000

Male: 44.6 per 100,000

Female: 16.8 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (1991). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

#3 Russian Federation

Suicide rate: 35.4 per 100,000

Male: 53.9 per 100,000

Female: 16.8 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (2006). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

#2 Lithuania

Suicide rate: 31.9 per 100,000

Male: 53.9 per 100,000

Female: 9.8 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (2007). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

#1 Belarus

Suicide rate: 36.8 per 100,000

Male: 63.3 per 100,000

Female: 10.3 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (2003). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

BONUS: #40 USA

Suicide rate: 11.1 per 100,000

Male: 17.7 per 100,000

Female: 4.5 per 100,000

Source: World Health organisation (2005). Suicide rate assumes equal distribution of men & women.

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