Living in a Maze: Health, Well-Being and Coping in Young non-Western men in Scandinavia Experiencing Substance Abuse and Suicidal Behaviour

This study examined & interpreted the lived experiences of emigration, substance abuse, & suicidal behaviour in young non-Western men in Scandinavia. Data were collected in open-ended interviews & a phenomenological hermeneutic approach was used to analyse the data. Structural analysis identified 3 themes: the meaning of getting in a tight spot; the meaning of being […]

Core Features of Repeated Suicidal Behaviour: a Long-Term Follow-Up After Suicide Attempts in a low-Suicide-Incidence Population

This study examined repeated suicidal behaviour in a low-incidence population to elucidate robust risk factors. A cohort of first-ever attempters from 1960-1982 on the Faroe Islands was followed up for a minimum of 20 years. The incidence of suicidal behaviour for the cohort years was 37.9 per 100,000 per year. It was associated, as expected, […]

National Suicide Rates 1961-2003: Further Analysis of Nordic Data for Suicide, Autopsies and Ill-Defined Death Rates

Suicide rates in the Nordic countries were compared with autopsy & ill-defined death rates, & antidepressant sales during the period 1961 through to 2003. A close connection was found between suicide rates & both autopsy & ill-defined death rates. The role of autopsies & other factors in the registration of a death as a suicide […]

Book Review-Suicide and Scandinavia, by H Hendin

Suicide: a European Perspective


Bullies and Their Victims: Understanding a Pervasive Problem in the Schools

Bullying affects 15-20% of all students in schools today. In extreme cases, students have committed suicide because of being bullied or have killed the bully. Schools cannot become violence-free if this issue is not addressed. This article discusses the characteristics of bullies, their victims, school & family factors that affect the development of the bully/victim […]

WHO (Nordic) Multicentre Study on Parasuicide

16 centres from 14 different European countries are participating in the WHO/Euro multicentre study on parasuicide. In this paper, the Nordic part of the research project is presented. Both the epidemiologic monitoring study & the repetition prediction study (EPSIS) are introduced. The catchment areas covered by each of the 5 Nordic centres are described along […]

Suicide in the Nordic Countries

Suicide in the Nordic countries from 1880 to the present is described with special emphasis on the period from 1960 onwards. Denmark & Finland still have the highest rates. The rise in suicide rates, especially in the age group 15-29 years, has been most marked in Norway. Greenland has an extremely high suicide rate, especially […]

Suicide Amomg Soldiers and Young Men in the Nordic Countries 1977-1984

A comparison of suicide rates among soldiers & civilians in the Nordic countries during 1977-1984 revealed that suicides among soldiers were more frequent in Norway than in Sweden & Finland. An in-depth study of the suicides of Norwegian soldiers during the same time period points to selection procedures & distance from home to the soldier’s […]

Scandinavian Routines and Practices in the Registration of Suicide

Procedures followed in reporting & registering deaths in Scandinavia are looked at to see if the difference in suicide rates between Norway & the other countries might be due to Norway’s under-reporting. Practices followed when registering, classifying & coding cause of death varies between countries. However, none of these differences explained the low Norwegian rates. […]

Suicide in the Faroe Islands

The present paper is a preliminary survey, intended to be followed up by a more profound study that will go further back in time, with the object of ascertaining the incidence of attempted suicide and throwing light on the background of each suicide. The object of this investigation is to ascertain the suicide rate in […]