You are about to see 25 countries with the highest suicide rates in the world. According to the World Health Organization, every 40 seconds, a person commits suicide somewhere in the world. While most countries with high suicide rates are poor, there are also a surprising few, highly-developed and rich nations which rank very high in this sad statistics. Generally, committing suicide is about three times more common in men than in women. with poisoning, hanging and firearms being the most common methods. See which with countries have the highest suicide rates in the world and lets hope this trend ends.
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Poland – 16.6 (30.5 men – 3.8 women)
In Poland, a Central European country with almost 40 million inhabitants, 16.6 out of 100,000 people commit suicide. Since the locals usually don’t leave suicide notes, it’s difficult to determine the most common causes of this travesty. But what we do know is that Poland has one of the widest disparities between the amount of men and women taking their own lives.
Ukraine – 16.8 (30.3 men – 5.3 women)
In recent years, the number of people who commit suicide in Ukraine has slowly decreased. However, Ukraine still ranks among the world´s most suicidal countries. Most of the suicides are attributed to personnel in the military where suicide accounts for up to 50% of all deaths. The most frequent suicide method is hanging followed by cutting and jumping from high places.
Comoros – 16.9 (24.0 men – 10.3 women)
Located between northeastern Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, Comoros is one of numerous African countries where people often tend to take their own lives. Due to a violent past full of civil wars and coups d´état, the country has been struggling with extreme poverty with about a half of its population living below the international poverty line.
Sudan – 17.2 (23.0 men – 11.5 women)
One of the largest African countries, Sudan is notorious for rampant ethnic strives, frequent human rights violation, an enormous crime and corruption rate and even slavery issues. With a legal system based on the Islamic Sharia Law, brutal methods such as stoning, flogging and crucifixion remain official and common punishments. Therefore, it may come as no surprise that, on average, 23 men and 11 women out of 100,000 Sudanese decide to end their lives voluntarily.
Bhutan – 17.8 (23.1 men – 11.2 women)
Famous for promoting Gross National Happiness as a government policy, Bhutan is a country that most people wouldn’t expect on this list. However, with 23.1 men and 11.2 women out of 100,000 committing suicide, Bhutan has a somber representation. It doesn’t help that the discussion of suicide and the means of tackling it are generally seen as a social taboo amongst the Bhutanese who mostly adhere to Tibetan Buddhism. Unfortunately, it’s often Bhutanese of Nepalese origin who significantly contribute to the regrettable statistic in this country.