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Top 10 Suicide Countries in the World

The number of people who commit suicide every year in the whole world is estimated to be more than one million people making suicide an international issue that hits different countries around the world without being limited to a specific country or group of people. The suicide rate is expected to increase reaching more than one and a half million people in the next years making it a serious problem that should be quickly handled. There are many factors that are responsible for increasing the suicide rate among people all over the world such as mental illnesses, addiction and financial problems that are caused by the economic crisis. Most of the people who commit suicide fail to overcome the problems that they face and this is why they resort to taking their lives to get rid of what they suffer from. On the contrary, there are others who face the same problems but have the ability to overcome them or at least cope with the surrounding conditions and the problems that they have. Here are the top 10 suicide countries in which the suicide rate is recorded to be the highest in the whole world.

10. Latvia – 20.8

It has the 10th highest suicide rate in the world since it is estimated to be about 20.8 suicides per 100,000 citizens every year. The rate of suicide is lower among women than men and the age of those men who commit suicide in this country ranges from 40 to 49 years. The high suicide rate in Latvia is caused by mental illnesses, addiction especially to the consumption of alcohol and unemployment.

9. Hungary – 21.1

It is ranked as the 9th country in the world in terms of the suicide rate that is approximately 21.1 suicides per 100,000 people in the country. The rate of suicide is higher among men than women although attempting suicide is more common among women than men. Most of those men who commit suicide in Hungary are widowers or divorced and their age ranges from 30 to 60 years. The main reasons behind committing suicide in Hungary include unemployment and addiction to the consumption of alcohol and tobacco.

8. Sri Lanka – 21.3

Sri Lanka is the 8th country in the world with a high suicide rate of 21.3 suicides per 100,000 people a year. The number of those people who commit suicide every year in Sri Lanka is estimated to be approximately 4,000 people. The main factors that are responsible for increasing suicide rate in Sri Lanka include unemployment and poverty. Most of those people who decide to take their own lives resort to hanging themselves, taking poison or jumping from a high place. Most of those who commit suicide in Sri Lanka are men and their ages range from 15 to 44 years.

7. Japan – 21.4

Japan is one of the most advanced countries in the whole world making it difficult to believe that it is ranked here on such a list. Japan has the 7th highest suicide rate in the world since it is estimated to be nearly 21.4 suicides per 100,000 people a year. The majority of those who take their own lives in Japan are men as they represent 70% of the total number of those Japanese who kill themselves. Reasons such as depression, pressure, social problems and financial issues result in committing suicide and forcing many Japanese people to escape from life by ending their lives.

6. Slovenia – 21.8

It is the 6th country in the world with a high suicide rate of 21.8 suicides per 100,000 citizens a year. The number of those people who take their own lives in Slovenia is estimated to be around 400 people per year. The main reason behind committing suicide in Slovenia is addiction to the consumption of alcohol that is responsible for the death of one third of the total number of suicides. There are several laws that have been imposed by the country to regulate the processes of purchasing and drinking alcohol making it start from the age of 18 which has played an important role in decreasing the rate of suicide in the country.

5. Kazakhstan – 25.6

Kazakhstan has the 5th highest suicide rate in the whole world as the number of suicides in the country is approximately 25.6 suicides per 100,000 people a year. Suicide is considered to be a catastrophic issue in Kazakhstan since it is more common among young people especially young girls whose ages range from 14 to 19 years only and the same can be found among young boys who come in the 2nd place in terms of committing suicide. What is more shocking is that the suicide rate increases more and more among young people in the country and it is thought that the main reasons behind this are the torture and bullying that spread at schools. This requires exerting a huge effort by the country to stop such a tragic and catastrophic problem.

4. Guyana – 26.4

It is the 4th country in the world in terms of committing suicide. The suicide rate in the country is estimated to be about 26.4 suicides per 100,000 people a year. Committing suicide is more common among men than women like most of the countries which are ranked here and this problem is caused by despair, financial hardships, addiction to the consumption of alcohol and being involved in domestic violence. The most common way to end one’s life in this country is using poison especially pesticides such as those which are used for killing weed.

3. South Korea – 28.5

It may be surprising to find South Korea highly ranked here on this list. The suicide rate in South Korea is estimated to be approximately 28.5 suicides per 100,000 people a year making the country ranked as the 3rd country in the world by suicide rate. The main factors that are responsible for committing suicide in South Korea are financial problems, mental illnesses, physical pain and other issues that are related to the family. Hanging and poisoning are considered to be the most common methods in this country for committing suicide. Those old people who are between 60 and 75 years old are more likely to commit suicide than young or middle-aged citizens in South Korea.

Do you know why the old people commit suicide? Discovering the reason can shock you and make you sad. Young people are usually responsible for looking after their parents and because it is not an easy task, old people decide to relieve their children and make them free through committing suicide and ending their lives.

2. Lithuania – 31.0

Lithuania is the 2nd country in the whole world in terms of the suicide rate that it has. Suicide rate in this country is estimated to be about 31.0 suicides per 100,000 people a year. Committing suicide is more common among men especially those whose ages range from 35 to 54 years. The high suicide rate in Lithuania is caused by economic hardships, poverty, unemployment, addiction to the consumption of alcohol, committing crimes, depression and despair.

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1. Greenland – 83.0

It tops the list and comes to be highly ranked as the 1st country in the world in terms of the number of people who commit suicide and end their lives. Greenland is the largest island in the world and the least densely populated country, however the suicide rate there is estimated to be approximately 83.0 suicides per 100,000 people a year. There are several factors that are responsible for increasing the suicide rate in the country making it the highest in the whole world and these factors include alcoholism, poverty, despair, depression, social problems and the conflicts with partners.

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