The Top 5 European Countries (E.U. 28) with the Highest Rates of Suicide

(E.U 28)
Suicide Rate
(age standardized)
Number of Suicides
1 Lithuania 20.2 per 100,000 721
2 Latvia 16.1 per 100,000 384
3 Slovenia 14.0 per 100,000 411
4 Belgium 13.9 per 100,000 2,111
5 Finland 13.4 per 100,000 846
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Some Fast Facts About Suicide

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An estimated 804,000 suicide deaths occurred worldwide in 2019 representing an annual global age-standardized suicide rate of 11.4 per 100,000 population (15.0 for males and 8.0 for females). There are indications that for each adult who died of suicide there may have been more than 20 others attempting suicide. More than one in every 100 deaths (1.3%) in 2019 were the result of suicide. (a.)

Every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world and many more attempt suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death globally among young people 15-29 years of age. (a.)

In richer countries, three times as many men die of suicide than women, but in low- and middle-income countries the male-to-female ratio is much lower at 1.5 men to each woman. (a.)

Globally, suicides account for 50% of all violent deaths in men and 71% in women. With regard to age, suicide rates are highest in persons aged 70 years or over for both men and women in almost all regions of the world. (a.)

Firearms are among the most common methods of suicide globally, but many other methods are used with the choice of method often varying according to population group. (a.)

The majority of deaths by suicide occurred in low-and-middle-income countries (77%), where most of the world’s population live. More than half of global suicides (58%) occurred before the age of 50 years. Most adolescents who died by suicide (88%) were from low- and middle-income countries where nearly 90% of the world’s adolescents live.

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  1. (a.) World Health Organization Report. (2020).: "Suicide worldwide in 2019, Global Health Estimates."
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Sources:  World Health Organization (mental health division) Report: "Suicide worldwide in 2019. Global Health Estimates"

List Notes: Data is the top 5 countries with the highest age standardized suicide rate (ASR) per 100,000 population in Europe (E.U. 28) for both sexes for the year 2021 which is the latest available data as of April 2022. Some data are estimates. Data are from 28 E.U. WHO Member States with populations of 300,000 persons or more. These estimates represent the best estimates by the WHO for suicide data, computed using standard categories, definitions and methods to ensure cross-country comparability, and may not be the same as official national estimates. The estimates are rounded to the appropriate number of significant figures.
European Countries (E.U. 28) with the Highest Rates of Suicide

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