Violent Crime Rates By Country 2020

What country has the highest rate of violent crime?

Violent crime is a crime in which an offender or perpetrator uses or threatens to use force upon a victim. Violent crimes include murder, assault, sexual assault, rape, kidnapping, homicide, manslaughter, and negligence. Violent crime entails both crimes in which the violent act is the objective (murder or rape) and crimes in which violence is the means to an end.

Violent crime rates vary greatly between countries. Although there is no clear reason why crimes are committed, there are numerous factors that affect crime rates. Countries with high crime rates typically have high poverty levels and low job availability. Crime rates tend to be lower in countries with favorable living conditions (wealthy), straight police enforcement, and tough sentences for crimes. There is a strong correlation between age and crime. Most crimes, especially violent crimes, are committed by those ages 20-30.

According to the Global Study on Homicide, 464,000 people died from violent crimes in 2017. The report states that countries with high firearm rates have higher intentional homicide rates.

Some of the lowest violent crime rates can be seen in Europe. Many European countries have violent crime rates of less than 1 incident per 100,000 people. These countries have stricter gun laws and less ownership as well as effective law enforcement.

The table below has each country’s murder and rape rates (number of incidents per 100,000 people. Based on this information, the ten countries with the highest murder rates are:

  1. El Salvador (82.84)
  2. Jamaica (57)
  3. Honduras (41.7)
  4. Belize (37.9)
  5. South Africa (35.9)
  6. Lesotho (41.25)
  7. Brazil (30.5)
  8. Saint Lucia (29.6)
  9. Guatemala (26.1)
  10. Dominica (25.7)

Rape rates only count those that are reported to the police. Around the world, rape and sexual assault are grossly underreported. The ten countries with the highest rape rates are:

  1. South Africa (132.4)
  2. Botswana (92.9)
  3. Lesotho (82.7)
  4. Bermuda (67.3)
  5. Sweden (63.5)
  6. Suriname (45.2)
  7. Costa Rica (36.7)
  8. Nicaragua (31.6)
  9. Grenada (30.6)
  10. Saints Kitts and Nevis (28.6)

South Africa has the highest rape rate in the world of 132.4 reported incidents for every 100,000 people. South Africa’s sexual violence crime rates continue to rise despite enacting the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act in 2007. The South African Medical Research Council conducted a survey reporting that approximately one in four South African men admitted to committing rape.

Reports such as the ones mentioned help governments realize what actions they need to take in order to reduce violent crimes and protect their citizens.

Violent Crime Rates By Country 2020

* Number of rape incidents does not take into account incidents that go unreported to the police.
Country Homicide Rate per 100,000 people Rape per 100,000 people Population 2020
Saint Kitts And Nevis..28.653,199
Honduras56.529,904,607
Venezuela56.3328,435,940
United States Virgin Islands49.26104,425
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines..25.6110,940
Bahamas..22.7393,244
Belize37.606.7397,628
South Africa33.97132.459,308,690
Brazil29.53212,559,417
Guatemala27.262.917,915,568
Colombia25.506.850,882,891
Saint Lucia19.27183,627
Mexico19.2613.2128,932,753
Curacao19.19164,093
Tuvalu18.6511,792
Guyana18.3715.5786,552
Dominican Republic15.1810,847,910
South Sudan13.9011,193,725
Dr Congo13.5589,561,403
Bermuda12.9667.362,278
Seychelles12.7498,347
Ivory Coast11.6326,378,274
Uganda11.522.145,741,007
Cape Verde11.49555,987
Philippines11.026.3109,581,078
Barbados10.9124.9287,375
Mali10.9020,250,833
Russia10.823.4145,934,462
Antigua And Barbuda10.3397,929
Grenada10.2530.6112,523
Haiti10.0411,402,528
Iraq9.8540,222,493
Nigeria9.85206,139,589
Paraguay9.2967,132,538
Chad9.0416,425,864
Togo9.008,278,724
Guinea8.82113,132,795
Cayman Islands8.4565,722
British Virgin Islands8.3730,231
Dominica8.3771,986
Suriname8.3545.2586,632
Papua New Guinea7.858,947,024
Comoros7.70869,601
Madagascar7.6927,691,018
Peru7.6723.532,971,854
Ethiopia7.56114,963,588
Kiribati7.50119,449
Senegal7.385.616,743,927
Laos7.017,275,560
Tanzania6.9559,734,218
Zimbabwe6.6725.614,862,924
Yemen6.660.829,825,964
Afghanistan6.3538,928,346
Ukraine6.341.443,733,762
Bolivia6.3026.111,673,021
Benin6.1812,123,200
Burundi6.0211,890,784
Argentina5.948.545,195,774
Turks And Caicos Islands5.9338,717
Ecuador5.8510.917,643,054
American Samoa5.4055,191
United States5.3527.3331,002,651
Greenland5.3156,770
Zambia5.3018,383,955
Sudan5.162.943,849,260
Cuba4.9911,326,616
Kenya4.872.153,771,296
Angola4.8532,866,272
Kazakhstan4.818.418,776,707
Micronesia4.67115,023
Montenegro4.461.8628,066
Niger4.4424,206,644
Pakistan4.41220,892,340
North Korea4.4025,778,816
Turkey4.311.584,339,067
Somalia4.3115,893,222
Cameroon4.172.426,545,863
Solomon Islands3.7711686,884
Belarus3.582.39,449,323
Chile3.4613.319,116,201
Mozambique3.400.231,255,435
Sao Tome And Principe3.36219,159
Thailand3.246.769,799,978
New Caledonia3.23285,498
India3.221.81,380,004,385
Samoa3.15198,414
Palau3.1118,094
Tunisia3.0511,818,619
Gibraltar3.0133,691
Uzbekistan3.0033,469,203
Sri Lanka2.557.321,413,249
Rwanda2.5212,952,218
Egypt2.510.1102,334,404
Guam2.51168,775
Bangladesh2.509.82164,689,383
Iran2.4783,992,949
Myanmar2.2754,409,800
Fiji2.26896,445
Syria2.2017,500,658
Nepal2.160.829,136,808
Azerbaijan2.140.210,139,177
Vanuatu2.13307,145
Malaysia2.1132,365,999
Hungary2.072.59,660,351
Belgium1.9527.911,589,623
Aruba1.93106,766
Cambodia1.8416,718,965
Malawi1.7319,129,952
Sierra Leone1.711.47,976,983
Canada1.681.737,742,154
Ghana1.6831,072,940
Tajikistan1.610.59,537,645
Jordan1.55210,203,134
Vietnam1.5297,338,579
Saudi Arabia1.5034,813,871
Serbia1.390.78,737,371
Israel1.3617.68,655,535
Algeria1.362.443,851,044
France1.3516.265,273,511
Romania1.254.719,237,691
Morocco1.244.836,910,560
United Kingdom1.2067,886,011
Germany1.189.483,783,942
Bulgaria1.142.86,948,445
Bhutan1.13771,608
Sweden1.0863.510,099,265
Tonga0.95105,695
Australia0.9428.625,499,884
Malta0.944.7441,543
United Arab Emirates0.891.59,890,402
Maldives0.753540,544
Greece0.751.910,423,054
Luxembourg0.7211.9625,978
South Korea0.7013.551,269,185
Italy0.677.660,461,826
Poland0.674.137,846,611
Austria0.6610.49,006,398
Portugal0.64410,196,709
Spain0.633.446,754,778
China0.621,439,323,776
Czech Republic0.614.610,708,981
Netherlands0.559.217,134,872
Switzerland0.548,654,622
Indonesia0.50273,523,615
Brunei0.497.6437,479
Hong Kong0.381.67,496,981
French Polynesia0.38280,908
Burkina Faso0.3720,903,273
Iceland0.3024.7341,243
Macau0.16649,335
Nauru0.0010,824
San Marino0.0033,931
Liechtenstein0.00038,128
Monaco0.005.739,242
Andorra0.001.277,265
Isle Of Man0.0085,033
Swaziland..77.51,160,164
Jamaica47.0124.42,961,167
Lesotho41.2582.72,142,249
Trinidad And Tobago30.8818.51,399,488
Central African Republic19.764,829,767
Puerto Rico18.512,860,853
Namibia17.142,540,905
Botswana15.0492.92,351,627
Costa Rica11.9036.75,094,118
Mauritania9.944,649,658
Palestine..35,101,414
El Salvador82.84116,486,205
Panama9.674,314,767
Guinea Bissau9.551,968,001
Republic Of The Congo9.325,518,087
Gambia9.132,416,668
Eritrea8.043,546,421
Gabon8.042,225,734
Uruguay7.699.83,473,730
Nicaragua7.3731.66,624,554
Djibouti6.48988,000
Mongolia5.6612.43,278,290
Lithuania5.256.32,722,289
Kyrgyzstan4.495.96,524,195
Turkmenistan4.220.66,031,200
Lebanon3.990.56,825,445
Timor Leste3.951,318,445
Latvia3.363.51,886,198
Liberia3.235,057,681
Moldova3.1910.34,033,963
Estonia3.1961,326,535
Armenia2.980.42,963,243
Albania2.700.72,877,797
Libya2.506,871,292
Equatorial Guinea2.311,402,985
Mauritius1.823.91,271,768
Kuwait1.804.54,270,571
Macedonia1.5952,083,374
Finland1.4215.25,540,720
Bosnia And Herzegovina1.281.23,280,819
Cyprus1.112.51,207,359
Slovakia1.052.65,459,642
Croatia1.043.24,105,267
Georgia0.991.93,989,167
New Zealand0.9925.84,822,233
Denmark0.986.45,792,202
Ireland0.8010.74,937,786
Oman0.666.65,106,626
Bahrain0.524.61,701,575
Norway0.5119.25,421,241
Slovenia0.483.12,078,938
Qatar0.381.82,881,053
Singapore0.322.75,850,342
Japan0.281126,476,461