High rates of suicide are often connected with the Nordic countries and their apparently ‘socialist’ policies. Highlighting high suicide rates in Scandinavia can be traced back to at least the 1960s when foreign observers attempted to either undermine or legitimize the welfare states in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Why suicide rates are high in Sweden?
However, the dark winters – 20 hours of darkness or more in each day in some areas – causes seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression, which has been known to correlate with higher rates of suicide. Euthanasia, or physician-assisted suicide, is still illegal in Sweden but is accepted in some instances.
How common is suicide in Sweden?
In Sweden, suicide is one of the most common single causes of death. With a population of 10 million people, approximately 1,500 individuals die by suicide every year (National centre for suicide research and prevention, 2019).
Does Sweden have the most suicides?
Sweden has one of the world’s highest suicide rates.
Sweden’s suicide statistics are comparable to the rest of Europe. On a 90-nation list of percentage suicide rates amongst people between the ages of 15 and 19, Sweden ranks no.
What country has the highest rate of suicidal death?
The most suicidal state in the entire world is by a wide margin Greenland, with Lithuania being the most suicidal country in 2019. Europe is the most suicidal region in the world, while the Eastern Mediterranean is the least.
There are great differences in the suicide rates in the closely related Nordic countries. The suicide rates are higher in Finland, especially in males, and Denmark, especially in females, and lower in Norway and Iceland, with Sweden in a middle position.
In Nordic countries, they found, 12.3% of the population are struggling or suffering. That rose to 13.5% of the 18 to 23 year age group. Among Swedish young women, it is 19.5% – nearly one in five – compared with 13.8% of Swedish young men.
Why is Greenland the most suicidal country?
Between 1970 and 1980, the suicide rate in Greenland was seven times higher than that of the United States. The high incidences of suicide in Greenland stemmed from the devaluing of local Inuit culture which occurred when Denmark pushed to modernize the island.