Suicide Rate By Country 2018

Suicide occurs throughout the world, affecting individuals of all nations, cultures, religions, genders and classes. In fact, statistics show that the countries with the highest suicide rates in the world are incredibly diverse. For example, among the top five are the south Indian island nation of Sri Lanka (35.3 suicides per 100k), South Korea in east Asia (28.3 suicides per 100k) and the eastern European country of Lithuania (32.7 suicides per 100k). A number of other eastern European countries have high suicide rates, including Belarus, Poland and Latvia, all at around 22 suicides per 100k.

In contrast, the only western European nation with a particularly high suicide rate is Belgium, which ranks at number fifteen with 20.5 suicides per 100k. However, it is worth noting that Belgium has some of the world's most liberal laws on doctor-assisted suicide, which is likely to be a factor in its statistics. Interestingly, the country of Bhutan, which is famous for measuring Gross National Happiness, an index used to measure the collective happiness and wellbeing of its population, has a relatively high suicide rate at 11.7 per 100k.

Perhaps surprisingly, many of the most troubled nations in the world have comparatively low suicide rates. Afghanistan has 5.5 suicides per 100k, Iraq has three and Syria has just 2.7. It is not clear if the suicide statistics for these countries reflect suicides committed due to mental health problems and terminal illnesses (which are the primary reasons for suicide in most of the world), or if they also include suicides committed as part of the ongoing conflicts in these countries.

The lowest suicide rates in the world are concentrated in the Caribbean Islands of the Bahamas, Jamaica, Grenada, Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda. Suicide is almost unheard of in each of these countries, with Grenada and Barbados reporting 0.5 and 0.4 suicides per 100k, respectively.

Country Rank
Lithuania31.9 suicides per 100k1
Russia31 suicides per 100k2
Guyana29.2 suicides per 100k3
South Korea26.9 suicides per 100k4
Belarus26.2 suicides per 100k5
Suriname22.8 suicides per 100k6
Kazakhstan22.5 suicides per 100k7
Ukraine22.4 suicides per 100k8
Lesotho21.2 suicides per 100k9
Latvia21.2 suicides per 100k10
Belgium20.7 suicides per 100k11
Hungary19.1 suicides per 100k12
Slovenia18.6 suicides per 100k13
Japan18.5 suicides per 100k14
Uruguay18.4 suicides per 100k15
Estonia17.8 suicides per 100k16
France17.7 suicides per 100k17
Switzerland17.2 suicides per 100k18
Croatia16.5 suicides per 100k19
Equatorial Guinea16.4 suicides per 100k20
India16.3 suicides per 100k21
Poland16.2 suicides per 100k22
Finland15.9 suicides per 100k23
Moldova15.9 suicides per 100k24
Austria15.6 suicides per 100k25
Serbia15.6 suicides per 100k26
United States15.3 suicides per 100k27
Sweden14.8 suicides per 100k28
Sri Lanka14.6 suicides per 100k29
Kiribati14.4 suicides per 100k30
Thailand14.4 suicides per 100k31
Portugal14 suicides per 100k32
Iceland14 suicides per 100k33
Cuba13.9 suicides per 100k34
El Salvador13.7 suicides per 100k35
Germany13.6 suicides per 100k36
Trinidad And Tobago13.6 suicides per 100k37
Luxembourg13.5 suicides per 100k38
Australia13.2 suicides per 100k39
Mongolia13 suicides per 100k40
Slovakia12.8 suicides per 100k42
Denmark12.8 suicides per 100k41
Netherlands12.6 suicides per 100k43
Canada12.5 suicides per 100k44
Nicaragua12.2 suicides per 100k45
Norway12.2 suicides per 100k46
Cameroon12.2 suicides per 100k47
Bolivia12.2 suicides per 100k48
New Zealand12.1 suicides per 100k49
Haiti11.7 suicides per 100k50
South Africa11.6 suicides per 100k51
Ireland11.5 suicides per 100k52
Bulgaria11.5 suicides per 100k53
Bhutan11.4 suicides per 100k54
Cape Verde11.3 suicides per 100k55
Zimbabwe10.7 suicides per 100k56
Chile10.6 suicides per 100k57
Romania10.4 suicides per 100k58
Montenegro10.3 suicides per 100k59
Singapore9.9 suicides per 100k61
Benin9.9 suicides per 100k63
Dominican Republic9.9 suicides per 100k60
Uganda9.9 suicides per 100k62
Sierra Leone9.7 suicides per 100k64
China9.7 suicides per 100k65
Togo9.6 suicides per 100k66
Nigeria9.5 suicides per 100k68
Paraguay9.5 suicides per 100k67
Botswana9.3 suicides per 100k69
Seychelles9.3 suicides per 100k70
Argentina9.2 suicides per 100k71
Burundi9.1 suicides per 100k72
Nepal8.8 suicides per 100k73
Bosnia And Herzegovina8.8 suicides per 100k74
Chad8.8 suicides per 100k75
Spain8.7 suicides per 100k76
Namibia8.7 suicides per 100k77
Laos8.6 suicides per 100k78
Yemen8.5 suicides per 100k79
Kyrgyzstan8.3 suicides per 100k80
Italy8.2 suicides per 100k81
Georgia8.2 suicides per 100k82
Sudan8.1 suicides per 100k83
Costa Rica7.9 suicides per 100k85
Eritrea7.9 suicides per 100k84
Myanmar7.8 suicides per 100k86
Mauritius7.8 suicides per 100k87
Saint Lucia7.8 suicides per 100k88
Central African Republic7.7 suicides per 100k90
Burkina Faso7.7 suicides per 100k89
Malta7.5 suicides per 100k91
Uzbekistan7.4 suicides per 100k92
Vietnam7.3 suicides per 100k93
Turkey7.3 suicides per 100k94
Ethiopia7.2 suicides per 100k95
Colombia7.2 suicides per 100k96
Ecuador7.1 suicides per 100k97
Gabon7.1 suicides per 100k98
Comoros6.8 suicides per 100k99
Liberia6.8 suicides per 100k100
Djibouti6.7 suicides per 100k101
Turkmenistan6.7 suicides per 100k102
Rwanda6.7 suicides per 100k103
Qatar6.6 suicides per 100k104
Armenia6.6 suicides per 100k105
Brazil6.5 suicides per 100k106
Guinea6.3 suicides per 100k108
Albania6.3 suicides per 100k107
Zambia6.1 suicides per 100k109
Senegal6 suicides per 100k110
Papua New Guinea6 suicides per 100k111
Republic Of The Congo5.9 suicides per 100k112
Bahrain5.9 suicides per 100k113
Bangladesh5.9 suicides per 100k114
Dr Congo5.7 suicides per 100k115
Malaysia5.5 suicides per 100k116
Israel5.4 suicides per 100k118
Ghana5.4 suicides per 100k117
Tanzania5.4 suicides per 100k119
Cambodia5.3 suicides per 100k120
Cyprus5.3 suicides per 100k121
Libya5.2 suicides per 100k122
Gambia5.1 suicides per 100k124
Mexico5.1 suicides per 100k123
Fiji5 suicides per 100k126
Greece5 suicides per 100k125
Peru4.9 suicides per 100k127
Mozambique4.9 suicides per 100k128
Mali4.8 suicides per 100k129
Belize4.7 suicides per 100k130
Solomon Islands4.7 suicides per 100k131
Afghanistan4.7 suicides per 100k132
Somalia4.7 suicides per 100k133
Angola4.7 suicides per 100k134
Timor Leste4.6 suicides per 100k135
Brunei4.6 suicides per 100k136
Niger4.6 suicides per 100k137
Vanuatu4.5 suicides per 100k138
Samoa4.4 suicides per 100k139
Mauritania4.4 suicides per 100k140
Panama4.3 suicides per 100k141
Iran4.1 suicides per 100k142
Guinea Bissau4 suicides per 100k144
Egypt4 suicides per 100k143
Madagascar3.9 suicides per 100k145
Oman3.9 suicides per 100k146
Venezuela3.7 suicides per 100k148
South Sudan3.7 suicides per 100k147
Malawi3.7 suicides per 100k149
Tonga3.5 suicides per 100k150
Indonesia3.4 suicides per 100k151
Tunisia3.4 suicides per 100k152
Lebanon3.3 suicides per 100k153
Saudi Arabia3.2 suicides per 100k157
Algeria3.2 suicides per 100k154
Philippines3.2 suicides per 100k155
Kenya3.2 suicides per 100k156
Iraq3 suicides per 100k158
Pakistan2.9 suicides per 100k162
Jordan2.9 suicides per 100k159
Morocco2.9 suicides per 100k160
Honduras2.9 suicides per 100k161
United Arab Emirates2.8 suicides per 100k163
Guatemala2.7 suicides per 100k164
Azerbaijan2.6 suicides per 100k165
Tajikistan2.5 suicides per 100k166
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines2.4 suicides per 100k167
Sao Tome And Principe2.3 suicides per 100k168
Maldives2.3 suicides per 100k170
Kuwait2.3 suicides per 100k169
Jamaica2.2 suicides per 100k171
Syria1.9 suicides per 100k172
Bahamas1.7 suicides per 100k174
Grenada1.7 suicides per 100k173
Barbados0.8 suicides per 100k175
Antigua And Barbuda0.5 suicides per 100k176