The countries with the highest murder rates may surprise you. It’s a known fact that the modern world is everything but a safe place. But it’s shocking to see just how unsafe the world can be.
On today’s list, we are going to take a look around the world using the international homicide rate statistics. Based on the number of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants per year, these statistics will allow us to see which countries have the highest murder rates.
Do you want to know which countries have to deal with the most murders? Then we present to you the 25 countries with the highest murder rates in the world.
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Originally called “Swaziland,” their king announced last year that their country would change its name to Eswatini. Regardless, brutal crimes are rampant with assailants carrying edged weapons to attack their victims. Urban areas are especially dangerous at night. Their murder rate currently stands at 17.29 per 100,000 people.
Once a Dutch and British colony, Guyana gained their independence in 1966. Since then, they’ve been ruled by socialist governments. Today, they have a population of 740,685 and a murder rate of 18.37 per 100,000 people. Despite strict firearm regulations, assailants use handguns, machetes, and blades to attack their prey. Foreigners are the most common targets.
Puerto Rico, 18.51
A territory of the United States, Puerto Rico has a population of roughly 3,294,626 people. After the devastation of Hurricane Maria and their downward spiral into unsustainable debt, Puerto Rico’s lawlessness and murder rate spiked, bumping them into rate of 18.51.
Once a British colony, they gained their independence in 1978 and formed a parliamentary democracy. While they have a murder rate of 18.65 per 100,000, it should be taken into account that their population is only about 12,000 people.
A former Dutch colony in the Caribbean that became the Netherlands Antilles, Curaçao has seen a steady increase in gang violence, resulting in a high murder rate. They have a 19.19 murder rate per 100,000 people.