Although stable, orderly, safe and successful, Uruguay is Latin America’s suicide central

Not even the financial crisis of 2002 had reached such a high figure as last year. At that time, 20.62 people per 100,000 inhabitants took their own lives in Uruguay.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Uruguay, the tiny nation squeezed between big Argentina and giant Brazil, is a successful country. It is stable and economically prosperous. It is safe, orderly, and reasonable. But as it turns out, the people there don't really seem to be happy.

Last year, the number of self-murders continued to rise in Uruguay, a country where the rate was already at a record high. In 2021, there were 758 cases there, or 21.39  per 100,000 population, for a global average rate of 9.48 suicides per 100,000.

Not even in the financial . . .

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