Friday, December 4, 2015

Suicide and Homicide Rates are Negatively Correlated!

I'm pretty sure I could talk my wife into moving here. I probably wouldn't even need to cite the country's low combined suicide-homicide rate.


Here's a list of some the world's richest countries (based on Gross National Income per capita and Purchasing Power Parity). I only included countries that I could imagine living in myself (sorry, Bahrain). I omitted the USA because I already live here.


Rank Country Population GNI PPP
1 Singapore 5,535,000 76,850
2 Norway 5,205,434 66,520
3 Luxembourg 562,958 59,750
4 Switzerland 8,279,700 56,580
5 Sweden 9,828,655 44,760
6 Germany 81,197,500 44,540
7 Denmark 5,699,220 44,460
8 Austria 8,623,073 43,840
9 Netherlands 16,929,000 43,210
10 Canada 35,851,774 42,610
11 Australia 23,964,700 42,540
12 Belgium 11,280,134 40,280
13 Iceland 331,310 38,870
14 Finland 5,492,404 38,480
15 Japan 126,890,000 37,630
16 France 67,107,000 37,580
17 United Kingdom 64,800,000 35,760
18 Ireland 4,635,400 35,090
19 Italy 60,725,000 34,100
20 Spain 46,439,864 31,850
21 New Zealand 4,632,640 30,750
22 Malta 445,426 28,030
23 Greece 10,846,979 25,630
24 Portugal 10,374,822 25,360


Here's the same list, sorted by Homicide Rate:


Rank Country Homicide
1 Malta 2.8
2 Norway 2.2
3 Greece 1.7
4 Belgium 1.6
5 Finland 1.6
6 Canada 1.4
7 Ireland 1.2
8 Portugal 1.2
9 Australia 1.1
10 France 1.0
11 United Kingdom 1.0
12 Austria 0.9
13 Netherlands 0.9
14 Italy 0.9
15 New Zealand 0.9
16 Luxembourg 0.8
17 Germany 0.8
18 Denmark 0.8
19 Spain 0.8
20 Sweden 0.7
21 Switzerland 0.6
22 Iceland 0.3
23 Japan 0.3
24 Singapore 0.2


And sorted by Suicide Rate:


Rank Country Suicide
1 Japan 18.5
2 Finland 14.8
3 Belgium 14.2
4 Iceland 14.0
5 France 12.3
6 Austria 11.5
7 Sweden 11.1
8 Ireland 11.0
9 Australia 10.6
10 Canada 9.8
11 New Zealand 9.6
12 Germany 9.2
13 Switzerland 9.2
14 Norway 9.1
15 Denmark 8.8
16 Luxembourg 8.7
17 Portugal 8.2
18 Netherlands 8.2
19 Singapore 7.4
20 United Kingdom 6.2
21 Malta 6.0
22 Spain 5.1
23 Italy 4.7
24 Greece 3.8


Here's the Combined Homicide-Suicide Rate:


Rank Country Combined
1 Japan 18.8
2 Finland 16.4
3 Belgium 15.8
4 Iceland 14.3
5 France 13.3
6 Austria 12.4
7 Ireland 12.2
8 Sweden 11.8
9 Australia 11.7
10 Norway 11.3
11 Canada 11.2
12 New Zealand 10.5
13 Germany 10.0
14 Switzerland 9.8
15 Denmark 9.6
16 Luxembourg 9.5
17 Portugal 9.4
18 Netherlands 9.1
19 Malta 8.8
20 Singapore 7.6
21 United Kingdom 7.2
22 Spain 5.9
23 Italy 5.6
24 Greece 5.5


And the correlation between suicide rate and homicide rate in these countries is -.24! Once again, we find that as the suicide rate decreases, the homicide rate increases, and vice versa. (Yesterday's post found the same effect for the 20 most populous nations.)














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