Crude 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 Crude Suicide Rate Rank
Sri Lanka35.3 suicides per 100k1
Lithuania32.7 suicides per 100k2
Guyana29 suicides per 100k3
South Korea28.3 suicides per 100k4
Mongolia28.3 suicides per 100k5
Kazakhstan27.5 suicides per 100k6
Suriname26.6 suicides per 100k7
Belarus22.8 suicides per 100k8
Equatorial Guinea22.6 suicides per 100k9
Poland22.3 suicides per 100k10
Latvia21.7 suicides per 100k11
Hungary21.6 suicides per 100k12
Slovenia21.4 suicides per 100k13
Angola20.5 suicides per 100k14
Belgium20.5 suicides per 100k15
Russia20.1 suicides per 100k16
Ukraine20.1 suicides per 100k17
Japan19.7 suicides per 100k18
Estonia18.9 suicides per 100k19
Bolivia18.7 suicides per 100k20
Croatia17.5 suicides per 100k21
Central African Republic17.4 suicides per 100k22
Uruguay17 suicides per 100k23
Serbia17 suicides per 100k24
France16.9 suicides per 100k25
Austria16.4 suicides per 100k26
Finland16.3 suicides per 100k27
Thailand16 suicides per 100k28
Bulgaria15.9 suicides per 100k29
India15.7 suicides per 100k30
Sweden15.4 suicides per 100k32
Sierra Leone15.4 suicides per 100k31
Switzerland15.1 suicides per 100k33
Moldova14.8 suicides per 100k34
Swaziland14.7 suicides per 100k35
Trinidad And Tobago14.6 suicides per 100k36
Kiribati14.3 suicides per 100k37
United States14.3 suicides per 100k38
Argentina14.2 suicides per 100k39
Cuba14.1 suicides per 100k40
Portugal13.7 suicides per 100k41
Germany13.4 suicides per 100k42
Iceland13.1 suicides per 100k43
New Zealand12.6 suicides per 100k44
Slovakia12.5 suicides per 100k45
Canada12.3 suicides per 100k46
Laos12.3 suicides per 100k47
Denmark12.3 suicides per 100k48
Cambodia11.9 suicides per 100k49
Cameroon11.9 suicides per 100k50
Netherlands11.9 suicides per 100k51
Australia11.8 suicides per 100k52
Romania11.7 suicides per 100k55
Bhutan11.7 suicides per 100k53
Ireland11.7 suicides per 100k54
Haiti11.2 suicides per 100k56
El Salvador11.1 suicides per 100k57
Luxembourg11.1 suicides per 100k58
Montenegro11 suicides per 100k59
Norway10.9 suicides per 100k61
Gabon10.9 suicides per 100k60
South Africa10.7 suicides per 100k62
Zimbabwe10.5 suicides per 100k63
Lesotho10.4 suicides per 100k64
Paraguay10.3 suicides per 100k65
Papua New Guinea10.3 suicides per 100k66
Sudan10.2 suicides per 100k67
China10 suicides per 100k69
Turkmenistan10 suicides per 100k68
Nigeria9.9 suicides per 100k71
Chile9.9 suicides per 100k72
Singapore9.9 suicides per 100k70
Dr Congo9.8 suicides per 100k73
Botswana9.7 suicides per 100k74
Republic Of The Congo9.6 suicides per 100k75
Togo9.5 suicides per 100k76
Nicaragua9.5 suicides per 100k77
Benin9.4 suicides per 100k78
Seychelles9.3 suicides per 100k80
Mauritius9.3 suicides per 100k81
Uzbekistan9.3 suicides per 100k79
Burkina Faso9.2 suicides per 100k82
Chad8.8 suicides per 100k83
Turkey8.7 suicides per 100k84
Maldives8.6 suicides per 100k85
Djibouti8.6 suicides per 100k86
Fiji8.5 suicides per 100k87
Spain8.5 suicides per 100k90
Rwanda8.5 suicides per 100k89
Cape Verde8.5 suicides per 100k88
Ethiopia8.4 suicides per 100k91
Mozambique8.4 suicides per 100k92
Yemen8.2 suicides per 100k93
Burundi8 suicides per 100k94
Solomon Islands7.9 suicides per 100k95
Italy7.9 suicides per 100k96
Guinea7.7 suicides per 100k97
Namibia7.7 suicides per 100k98
Costa Rica7.7 suicides per 100k99
Ecuador7.5 suicides per 100k100
Vietnam7.4 suicides per 100k101
Comoros7.4 suicides per 100k102
Kyrgyzstan7.4 suicides per 100k103
Belize7.3 suicides per 100k104
Uganda7.2 suicides per 100k105
Timor Leste7.1 suicides per 100k106
Tanzania7 suicides per 100k107
Ghana6.9 suicides per 100k108
Saint Lucia6.8 suicides per 100k109
Dominican Republic6.8 suicides per 100k110
Eritrea6.7 suicides per 100k111
Georgia6.7 suicides per 100k112
Bahrain6.5 suicides per 100k113
Kenya6.5 suicides per 100k114
Zambia6.4 suicides per 100k115
South Sudan6.4 suicides per 100k116
Qatar6.4 suicides per 100k117
Brazil6.3 suicides per 100k120
Liberia6.3 suicides per 100k118
Guinea Bissau6.3 suicides per 100k119
Gambia6.2 suicides per 100k121
Colombia6.1 suicides per 100k123
Senegal6.1 suicides per 100k122
Malta6 suicides per 100k124
Nepal6 suicides per 100k125
Bosnia And Herzegovina6 suicides per 100k126
Mauritania5.9 suicides per 100k127
Peru5.8 suicides per 100k128
Vanuatu5.8 suicides per 100k130
Malaysia5.8 suicides per 100k129
Samoa5.7 suicides per 100k131
Mali5.7 suicides per 100k132
Oman5.6 suicides per 100k133
Tunisia5.5 suicides per 100k134
Panama5.5 suicides per 100k135
Malawi5.5 suicides per 100k136
Bangladesh5.5 suicides per 100k137
Libya5.5 suicides per 100k138
Afghanistan5.5 suicides per 100k139
Israel5.5 suicides per 100k140
Somalia5.4 suicides per 100k141
Armenia5.4 suicides per 100k142
Mexico5 suicides per 100k143
Morocco4.8 suicides per 100k144
Madagascar4.7 suicides per 100k145
Cyprus4.7 suicides per 100k146
Greece4.3 suicides per 100k147
Myanmar4.3 suicides per 100k149
Albania4.3 suicides per 100k148
Niger4.1 suicides per 100k150
Tajikistan4 suicides per 100k151
Kuwait4 suicides per 100k152
Honduras3.6 suicides per 100k153
Iran3.6 suicides per 100k154
Tonga3.5 suicides per 100k155
Saudi Arabia3.4 suicides per 100k157
Philippines3.4 suicides per 100k156
Azerbaijan3.3 suicides per 100k158
Jordan3.2 suicides per 100k159
Lebanon3.1 suicides per 100k160
Algeria3.1 suicides per 100k161
Iraq3 suicides per 100k163
Venezuela3 suicides per 100k162
United Arab Emirates2.9 suicides per 100k164
Indonesia2.9 suicides per 100k165
Syria2.7 suicides per 100k166
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines2.7 suicides per 100k167
Egypt2.6 suicides per 100k168
Guatemala2.5 suicides per 100k169
Pakistan2.1 suicides per 100k170
Sao Tome And Principe2 suicides per 100k171
Bahamas1.8 suicides per 100k172
Jamaica1.4 suicides per 100k173
Brunei1.3 suicides per 100k174
Grenada0.5 suicides per 100k175
Barbados0.4 suicides per 100k176
Antigua And Barbuda0 suicides per 100k177