25 Countries With The Highest Suicide Rates In The World

Posted by , Updated on February 21, 2015


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.


Russian federation – 19.5 (35.1 men – 6.2 women)

Russian federation

In Russia, suicide has been a major long-term social issue. Since the peak of this phenomenon with around 40 suicides per 100,000 in the late 1990s, suicide has been steadily decreasing. However, the current average of almost 20 suicides per 100,000 inhabitants is still high enough to rank Russia as the country with the 15th highest suicide rate in the world. Heavy alcohol use is one of the key factors contributing to this sad statistic.


Turkmenistan – 19.6 (32.5 men – 7.5 women)


In Turkmenistan, a Central Asian country, suicides account for 2% of the total number of deaths. The number of people who commit suicide is higher than that of road accidents victims or people dying of some types of cancer. Although the country possesses large natural resources, its state-controlled economy is not efficient, causing extreme unemployment which is one of the major factors contributing to suicide.


South Sudan – 19.8 (27.1 men – 12.8 women)

South Sudan

About 2,000 people decide to voluntarily end their lives every ear in South Sudan, a Northeastern African country devastated by numerous internal conflicts and civil wars. According to WHO, displaced people, refugees, homeless, soldiers and war veterans are particularly vulnerable to suicide and there are many of such people in South Sudan.


India – 21.1 (25.8 men – 16.4 women)


The official estimates of how many Indians take their lives annually vary greatly but according to some sources, it might be as many as 200,000 people. In India, poisoning is the most common suicide method, followed by hanging and self-immolation. Almost half of the suicides committed in this country is motivated by family and health reasons. Until 2014, suicide was illegal in India and survivors would face jail term of up to one year.


Burundi – 23.1 (34.1 men – 12.5 women)


Located in Central Africa, Burundi is one of the poorest, hungriest and least developed countries in the world. Suffering from devastating warfare, corruption, hunger, poor access to education and totally insufficient health care, local people are prone to suicide. Out of 100,000 Burundian, more than 23 take their lives each year. Men commit suicide almost three times more often than women.

SEE ALSO: 25 Normal Things The Bible Forbids But We Still Do »

NOW WATCH: 25 Accidental Inventions That Changed The World

Subscribe to List25

Show Us Your Love
Join Over 2 Million+ List25 Fans