The modern world is everything but a safe place. This sad but indisputable fact has been proven by several other lists we have already published. There are many various statistics evaluating the safety in different parts of the world published every year and possibly the most alarming and disturbing one is the international homicide rate statistics made by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The rates are based on the number of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants per year. If you want to know the 25 countries with the highest murder rates in recent years, check out this post.
South Africa, 31
Despite its nicely-sounding nickname “The Rainbow Nation”, South Africa, home to about 54 million people, has a very high rate of murders, assaults, rapes and other violent crimes. Statistics published by local police suggest that in South Africa, around 50 people are murdered every day, which is really alarming number. Fortunately, the homicide rate has slowly decreasing tendency, at least.
Saint Kitts and Nevis, 33.6
Located in the West Indies, Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, in both area and population. But even among those 50,000 people who live in this tiny country, there is a significant number of those who obviously don’t mind killing others. With an average rate of 33.6 homicides per 100,000 people, Saint Kitts and Nevis ranked 9th.
Mostly surrounded by South Africa, Swaziland, with its population of just over 1 million, is one of the smallest countries in Africa. But the numbers related to the homicide occurrence are far from being small in Swaziland. Decimated by not only enormous criminality but also extreme poverty and diseases such as AIDS or tuberculosis, the estimated average life expectancy of local people is just 50 years.
Lesotho is another little African country situated within South Africa. Apart from location and size, it shares one more thing with Swaziland – an uncontrollable homicide rate. Almost half of the country´s population lives below the poverty line which is partly responsible for its enormous criminality and annual murder rate.
Occupying an area of 11,000 square kilometers (4,250 square miles), Jamaica is another representative of the Caribbean. For many years, the country has been notorious for having one of the world´s highest homicide rates and the latest statistics by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has confirmed that. The murders and violent crimes are particularly frequent in large cities such as Kingston, the capital.