The Truth About Suicide

Every now and again someone mentions to me Scandinavia’s sky-high suicide rates as an argument against the Nordic social model. The thing of it is that if you look up the actual suicide data, the people of Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway all kill themselves at a rate below the OECD average:


It is, however, true that Finland has an alarmingly high suicide rate and that suicide is rarer in the United States than in any Nordic land. Mediterranean countries in general seem to have very low suicide rates, while rich Asian countries are suicide-heavy. And if I’m reading the chart correctly, the suicide gender gap is highest in Eastern European countries.