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 deal with the most murders? Then we present to you the 25 countries with the highest murder rates in the world.
With a total area of almost 2 million square kilometers (over 760,000 square miles) the fifth largest country in the Americas by area, Mexico is notorious for its enormous problems with drug trafficking and related criminality that very often also involves homicides. These – sometimes very brutal – murders are often used to intimidate rival gangs.
Saint Lucia, 19.27
With a population of about 175,000 people, Saint Lucia is another little Caribbean country that is, apart from amazing natural beauties and marvelous beaches, known for a very high homicide rate. And, sadly enough, the number has been still growing. While in 2007, there were “only” 27 murders reported in the country, just four years later, it was almost twice as many.
Central African Republic, 19.76
A former French colony, this country has seen many years of political unrest and turmoil, adding to its already high crime and murder rate of 19.75 per 100,000 people. While the newly elected president has tried to fix things, poor infrastructure and little options for their youth have driven many to seek out rebel groups.
For much of the 18th century, the English and French fought over possession of this small island. On top of that, they’ve had to endure several volcanic eruptions. With a poor economy, poor living conditions, and a small population, the murder rate stands at 19.88.
Situated in the northwest of South America, Colombia is notorious for its drug production and trade. This, combined with the highly segregated society, split between the rich families of Spanish descent and the majority of poor Colombians, has led to many locals getting involved not only in murders but also kidnappings, robberies, aggravated assaults and other crimes.