10 Countries With The Highest Murder Rates

Wednesday - 10 January, 2018
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The countries with the highest murder rates may surprise you. It’s a known fact that the modern world is everything but a safe place. But it’s shocking to see just how unsafe the world can be. On today’s list we are going to take a look around the world using the international homicide rate statistics. Based on the number of homicides per 100,000 inhabitants per year, these statistics will allow us to see which countries have the highest murder rates. Do you want to know which countries have deal with the most murders? Then we present to you the 10 countries with the highest murder rates.

10 South Africa, 31

Despite its nicely-sounding nickname “The Rainbow Nation”, South Africa, home to about 54 million people, has a very high rate of murders, assaults, rapes and other violent crimes. Statistics published by local police suggest that in South Africa, around 50 people are murdered every day, which is really alarming number. Fortunately, the homicide rate has slowly been decreasing.

9 Saint Kitts and Nevis, 33.6

Located in the West Indies, Saint Kitts and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, in both area and population. But even among those 50,000 people who live in this tiny country, there is a significant number of those who obviously don’t mind killing others. With an average rate of 33.6 homicides per 100,000 people, Saint Kitts and Nevis ranked 9th.

8 Swaziland, 33.8

Mostly surrounded by South Africa, Swaziland, with its population of just over 1 million, is one of the smallest countries in Africa. But the numbers related to the homicide occurrence are far from being small in Swaziland. Decimated by not only enormous criminality but also extreme poverty and diseases such as AIDS or tuberculosis, the estimated average life expectancy of local people is just 50 years.

7 Lesotho, 38

Lesotho is another little African country situated within South Africa. Apart from location and size, it shares one more thing with Swaziland – an uncontrollable homicide rate. Almost half of the country´s population lives below the poverty line which is partly responsible for its enormous criminality and annual murder rate.

6 Jamaica, 39.3

Occupying an area of 11,000 square kilometers (4,250 square miles), Jamaica is another representative of the Caribbean. For many years, the country has been notorious for having one of the world´s highest homicide rates and the latest statistics by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has confirmed that. The murders and violent crimes are particularly frequent in large cities such as Kingston, the capital.

5 Guatemala, 39.9

With a population of almost 16 million, Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America. With an average of about 100 murders committed every month, Guatemala has ranked as the country with the 5th highest homicide rate in the world. In the 1990s, for example, the city of Escuintla had an annual rate of 165 murders per 100,000 people.

4 El Salvador, 41.2

Deeply affected by the long-term and devastating civil war (1979 – 1992), El Salvador is a Central American country and a home to about 6.3 million people. The extremely high homicide rate in this country is marked by significant occurrence gang-related crimes and juvenile delinquency. In 2004, for example, as much as 60% of the murders committed in Salvador were carried out by local gangs competing for power and territory.

3 Belize, 44.7

With an area of 22,800 square kilometers (8,800 sq mi) and a population of about 340,000 people, Belize is the least densely populated country in Central America. But despite its amazing natural beauties and wildlife, this country is far from being a good place to live. Enormous homicide rate of almost 45 murders per 100,000 people makes Belize one of the most dangerous countries in the world. The homicides are particularly frequent in the Belize City district where, in 2007, for example, half of all that year´s murders occurred.

2 Venezuela, 53.7

Located on the northern coast of South America, Venezuela has been known as one of world´s major oil exporters but also as a country with pervasive and unusually high occurrence of homicides. Last year, only 19% of local residents felt safe when walking alone at night and they had a good reason for that – every year, more than 50 people out of 100,000 are killed in Venezuela and the number has been constantly growing over the last decades.

1 Honduras, 90.4

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Honduras, home to about 8.25 million people, has by far the highest homicide rate of all countries in the world. Its unparalleled average rate of 90.4 murders per 100,000 people means that in this country, almost every 1,000th person is killed. Since Honduras is a popular holiday destination, tourists are often targeted as victims of various violent crimes.

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