In 2002 there were almost 900,000 self-inflicted deaths (suicides) worldwide. The world average rate is 141 deaths per million people per year. The lowest regional rate is roughly a third of this, at 44 deaths per million people in Northern Africa. The highest regional rate is in Japan, at 245 deaths per million.
Over half the suicides worldwide in 2002 were in China and India; a further 7% were in the Russian Federation and 4% in Japan. The Russian Federation had the second highest rate of suicides; but 7 out of the ten highest suicide rates were in Eastern Europe, Japan was 11th, China 14th and India 27th.