2001~2016 Suicide Rate by Sex

    Date 2018-07-31

    This is the result of KOSTAT's Causes of Death Statistics showing suicide rates by sex from 2001 to 2016 in every three years. During the survey period, suicide rates for males were twice as high as for females, and the suicide rate increased until 2010, but then declined slightly.


    As of 2001, the suicide rate for women was 8.6 per 100,000 population and 20.2 for men. In 2004, the suicide rate for women and men were 14.9 per 100,000 population and 32.4 for men. Since then, the suicide rate has increased further. In 2010, the number of suicides per 100,000 for women was 21.0, while the number of men was 41.4 which was the highest level in the survey period.


    Since then, suicide rates have declined in both men and women. By 2013, the number of suicide victims per 100,000 population was 17.3 and the number of male suicides decreased to 39.8. Despite the decline, South Korea’s suicide rate is still the highest in the world.


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