Male suicide rate declines by almost a third over decade

The rate at which men in Latvia commit suicide is still alarming, but a lot better than it used to be, according to data highlighted by the Central statistics Bureau (CSB) February 11. A graphic published by the CSB on its Twitter feed shows that the rate of suicide among men is 29 per 100 000 of the population, compared to 4 among women.

Mortality due to external causes of death (as opposed to disease etc.) has declined over the past ten years.

"Road traffic accidents more often are fatal for males – mortality per 100 000 men is 4 times higher than that per 100 000 women. But intentional self-harm (suicide) is the most common external cause of death among males – 8 times higher mortality due to this cause than that among females," said the CSB.  

However the high rate per 100 000 inhabitants has dropped sharply, by 31 percentage points, over the past ten years when 42 men per 100 000 committed suicide.

The data, which relates to 2018, also shows that on average women live more than ten years longer than men. The average age at death accounted for 69.2 years among males and 79.3 years among females.

You can explore more of the data at the CSB website.

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