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Suicide rate in Greece rises by 26 percent, hits 50-yr. high

Press TV

Official data show the suicide rate in Greece has soared 26 percent in 2011 compared to a year before, making it the highest rate in past fifty years.

Greek national statistics agency, Elstat, said on Tuesday that 477 suicides have been recorded in 2011 compared to 377 a year before.

The district of Athens accounted for the highest number of suicides with 35 percent of the total number of recorded cases.

According to Klimaka, a non-governmental organization (NGO), the number of people taking their own lives in the country is actually much higher than the number recorded.

In addition, Klimaka said there is no available statistics on the number of failed attempts, which is estimated to be 15 to 20 times higher than the registered suicide rate.

Greece has been at the epicenter of the eurozone debt crisis and is experiencing its sixth year of recession, while harsh austerity measures have left tens of thousands of people without jobs.

One response to “Suicide rate in Greece rises by 26 percent, hits 50-yr. high

  1. Kavita Joshi May 22, 2013 at 5:08 am

    such a sad news๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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