Lithuania: suicide king of Europe?

  • 1998-10-08
  • Rokas M. Tracevskis
VILNIUS - Unlike the often animated people whom they tell us about, Lithuanian statistics are emotionless and straightforward.Witness: every day, five Lithuanians commit suicide. About ten times that amount try it, but their attempts are unsuccessful. A third of those survivors try a second time, most of them by fastening a noose around their necks. There are 46 suicides per year for every 100,000 inhabitants.Stark enough for you?Last year, Lithuania left Hungary behind, the former European king of suicides, and this year, the Baltic country surpassed former world champion Sri Lanka, accord...
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