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UN report reveals odds of being murdered country-by-country

ananyo (2519492) writes | about 4 months ago

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ananyo (2519492) writes "A new UN report (link to data) details comprehensive country-by-country murder rates. Safest is Singapore, with just one killing per 480,000 people in 2012. In the world’s most violent country, Honduras, a man has a 1 in 9 chance of being murdered during his lifetime. The Economist includes an intriguing 'print only interactive' (see the PDF) and has some tongue-in-cheek tips on how to avoid being slain:
>First, don’t live in the Americas or Africa, where murder rates (one in 6,100 and one in 8,000 respectively) are more than four times as high as the rest of the world.
Next, be a woman. Your chance of being murdered will be barely a quarter what it would be were you a man. In fact, steer clear of men altogether: nearly half of all female murder-victims are killed by their partner or another (usually male) family member. But note that the gender imbalance is less pronounced in the rich world, probably because there is less banditry, a mainly male pursuit. In Japan and South Korea slightly over half of all murder victims are female.
Then, sit back and grow older. From the age of 30 onwards, murder rates fall steadily in most places."

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Murder vs suicide (1)

Deadstick (535032) | about 4 months ago | (#46714253)

I read a discussion long ago, don't remember where, that asserted that while murder and suicide rates vary widely with nationality, their sum is close to being uniform -- suggesting that nationality doesn't affect the tendency to resort to violence so much as it determines who the target is.

Re:Murder vs suicide (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 4 months ago | (#46715101)

Also, a study on "national" murder rates isn't all that telling, especially in regards to nations like the USA, which are actually meta-nations made up of many, many nation-states.

Such studies create an illusion that "Country A is murder-riffic," even though the vast majority of said murders may be occurring in a couple of particular regions.

UN report on murder rates is erroneous... (1)

linuxiac (1831824) | about 4 months ago | (#46714289)

I state that, because in all of the statistics, there are none for the crime ridden cities, versus the peaceful rural communities! At least, in America, where 500+ die annually in Detroit! Take away the top 20 murderous cities, and America drops below England, for firearms fatalities! Yes, cleaning some of my guns, just now! 1891 Mosin Nagant M91, and Argentine 1891 Mauser, along with MN 91/30, Enfield No. 4, Mk. 1., all get Venison, Hog, Squirrel, Raccoon, Possum for the table! Yummy! Gator is on the menu, but, a quota tag is $$$... Gator cooks up and is most similar to prime lean pork steak! Double Yummy! But, frog is free, and, like wild caught nutria, Bass, Catfish, Blue Crab, are delicious! This exercise of getting my own food with Rod, Gun, Knife, Nets, & hands, helps my brain with GNU/Linux & BSD computer productivity!

Re:UN report on murder rates is erroneous... (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | about 4 months ago | (#46715097)

Take away the top 20 murderous cities, and America drops below England, for firearms fatalities!

"What have the Romans ever done for us?"
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