Year: 1995 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.1, no.3, (1995), p.149-158 SIEC No: 19950209

Data on the rate of suicide during 1924-1939 & 1962-1993 are presented. In pre-war independent Lithuania, the suicide rate was 5-10/100,000 population. During Soviet occupation the rate constantly increased. Changes toward a more democratic society caused the rate to drop, but by 1993 it had again increased to 42.0/100,000. Lithuania’s suicide rate is compared to other European countries. The dependence of the suicide rate on socio-political changes, secularization & anomie is examined.