Crisis pushes Dutch and EU suicides up

8th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

The number of suicides in European Union countries, including the Netherlands, has risen over the last few years. This is almost certainly a result of the economic crisis, say researchers.

They looked at the suicide figures for 2007 to 2009 from ten EU countries. The Netherlands was one of the nine countries with increases of between 5 and 17 percent in the number of people killing themselves during the three-year period. The findings have been published in the British medical journal, The Lancet.

The increase was most marked in Greece and Ireland, which have been severely hit by the economic crisis.

Welfare Austria bucked the general trend, showing a slight reduction in the number of suicides. Researchers put this down to the country’s strong welfare system. However, they pointed out that suicides in Finland, which also has a robust welfare system, had increased.

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