Suicide Rate Triples Over Last Two Decades

Korea has a notorious reputation when it comes to people taking their own lives, with its suicide rate now the highest in the OECD.

New data released by Statistics Korea on Thursday shows that the number of suicides has tripled in the past two decades to 28 people per 100,000 in 2012, up from eight per 100,000 in 1992.

The rate has also risen at the fastest pace in the OECD, jumping by over 100 percent from 2000 to 2010.

In contrast, Japan's suicide rate decreased by five percent over the same 10-year period.

The data also shows that one in five Koreans who have committed suicide over the last 20 years did so due to financial difficulties.

Arirang News / Mar. 07, 2014 10:49 KST