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Countries with the Lowest Murder Rate

Can you name the countries of the world that have had the lowest rate of intentional homicide since 2000?
Primary source: United Nations
Average rate for the years 2000-2016. Rate = Murders / 100,000
Last updated: November 19, 2018
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Vatican City
0.30
San Marino
0.37
Andorra
0.42
Japan
0.44
Singapore
0.50
Qatar
0.62
Iceland
0.65
Brunei
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Country
0.66
Liechtenstein
0.68
Bahrain
0.72
Austria
0.74
South Korea
0.80
Switzerland
0.81
United Arab Emirates
0.82
Norway
0.87
Taiwan
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Country
0.92
Denmark
0.93
Netherlands
0.97
Slovenia
0.99
Spain
0.99
Sweden
1.00
Germany
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level ∞
Nov 18, 2018
The data comes from the primary source. However, I used the secondary source to sanity check. For instance, the primary source reports that the murder rate in Burkina Faso is around 0.6. The secondary source reports it at over 18. Knowing what we do about Burkina Faso, it's likely that the primary source is not an accurate representation of the true murder rate. In total, three countries were removed due to inconsistencies between the two data sources (Burkina Faso, Indonesia, and Nauru).
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level 67
Nov 19, 2018
The street gangs of Nauru.
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level 71
Nov 18, 2018
What does "rate" mean? Perhaps you could specify that in the instructions?
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level ∞
Nov 18, 2018
Whoops. That has now been included.
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level 55
Nov 18, 2018
What is meant by rate? Like is it per 100 people, 1000 people, or 10000 people? Please specify it
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level 63
Nov 19, 2018
Rate = Murders / 100,000
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level 78
Nov 18, 2018
I'm glad I've avoided the deadly streets of Liechtenstein!
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level 75
Nov 19, 2018
Liechtenstein should be included at 0.66 (if its blank years are counted as zero-murder years, as they were for San Marino and Iceland).
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level ∞
Nov 19, 2018
Looks like you are correct. The quiz has been amended.
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level 65
Nov 19, 2018
no bhutan ?
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level ∞
Nov 19, 2018
Can't tell if you're being serious but no. Despite popular misconceptions, Bhutan is no Shangri-la.
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level 72
Nov 19, 2018
If you included two more years, Vatican would've been way off this list.
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level 57
Nov 19, 2018
Four Muslim countries on this list! Take that in, Islamophobes!
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level 74
Nov 19, 2018
Far more non Muslim countries though hey, take that in, ridiculous statement makers.
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level 55
Nov 23, 2018
Three countries with the letter "w" in on this list! Take that in, w-phobes!
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level 36
Jan 23, 2019
now 4
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level 75
Jan 23, 2019
Also pokes some holes in the theory that harsh punishments do not work as a deterrent.
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level 47
Jan 23, 2019
How so? There are only two countries on the list that executed people in 2016, Japan and Singapore. The vast majority don't have 'harsh punishments' and so that would suggest that you don't need harsh punishments as a deterrent. If they worked then China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, USA etc. would all be topping this list?
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level 61
Jan 23, 2019
USA doesn't follow through with most of their "harsh" punishments. Death penalty sentences in most states are not carried out. With our messed up legal system that is riddled with corrupt lawyers, it is easy to get a sentence reduced.
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level 75
Jan 23, 2019
hirsute: Saudi Arabia has an extremely low crime rate, beating out places like Canada, Kuwait, and Belgium. As do other similar countries the UAE, Bahrain, and Qatar, which are the ones we're actually talking about. Try to focus. Part of the reason for this is that people in those countries are afraid. Everyone knows that there are harsh punishments, and police presence is felt almost everywhere. It's not the only reason but it's a big part of it. I've actually lived in these places before. Have you?
Saudi Arabia's crime rate is very very low but it's still a big country. It's not just about punishment but also policing. The other Gulf states that make the above list have even lower crime rates because they are smaller and easier to control. Iraq, Pakistan and Egypt are huge, populous countries that in many places are pretty lawless. It's downright silly to try and make a comparison between them and the smaller, more prosperous police states of the Gulf.
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level 75
Jan 23, 2019
But if you were going to, Iran, Egypt, Kurdistan, Syria, and Kuwait all have much lower intentional homicide rates than places like Estonia, Martinique, Greenland or the United States.
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level 67
Nov 25, 2018
Out of interest what are the rates for USA, Canada and Australia? Link won't load for me for some reason.
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level 47
Jan 23, 2019
USA in 2016 was 5.35. Higher than Pakistan, angola, Cuba and North Korea. I am glad to be living in the UK with a rate of 1.2. Nearly 5 times less likely to be murdered than in the USA! Australia 0.94 and Canada 1.68
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level 57
Jan 23, 2019
If Australia was 0.94 it should be on the list.
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level 75
Jan 23, 2019
This difference will have no appreciable effect on your life whatsoever. The odds that it would are similar to the odds of winning the lottery.
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level 55
Jan 25, 2019
@kal, this isn't true. Murders affect far more people than the one who was murdered. Not just family, friends, etc. but probably everyone in the surrounding area, and the difference will almost certainly be noticeable if you happen to be a police officer, someone involved in criminal justice, a forensic anthropologist, or a variety of other professions. The chances probably are that you will never be significantly and demonstrably affected by a higher murder rate. But the chances that you will be are far greater than winning the lottery (assuming you mean the jackpot, winning a small prize at some point is quite likely if you play enough).
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level 75
Jan 26, 2019
I didn't say that they were exactly the same. I said similar. Very very small. AND... I was speaking to the difference in murder rate between the USA and the UK. (which, if you are not a drug dealer or in a gang in the United States, is actually all but non-existent).

I could split hairs even further and say I was not talking about any specific lottery (some drawings are not that contested and I didn't actually say the jackpot), but the point is that it's stupid to be happy that you're living in the UK vs the USA if the reason for that happiness is the difference in murder rates. This will not affect your life.
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level 46
Feb 16, 2019
9-11 has affected many peoples lives, while statistically only a small percentage of people died that day.
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level 47
Jan 23, 2019
Looks like the Caribbean and Central and South America are the places to avoid if you don't want to be murdered. El Salvador 82.84 and in Brazil there were 61, 283 murders in one year! Puts the USA in the shade with it's paltry 17,250 murders
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level 56
Jan 23, 2019
Looks like someone's taking the countries with the highest numbers in each region and making a blanket statement for the whole of said regions. >___>
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level 60
Nov 26, 2018
Absence of Canada surprised me a bit.
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level 47
Jan 23, 2019
Canada 1.68, quite a long way off unfortunately
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level 75
Jan 23, 2019
Got everything except Germany.
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level 49
Jan 23, 2019
That one guy who murdered someone in San Marino lol
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level 61
Jan 23, 2019
No Monaco? Surprising...
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level 70
Jan 23, 2019
A sunny place for shady people.
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level 57
Jan 23, 2019
One wonders where Norway would be on this list, minus the actions of Anders Breivik. It's also interesting that the whole nordic noir movement has taken off in recent years, and is so popular internationally, and yet these countries have such low homicide rates. Coming soon to your TV screens, the Arab Gulf noir movement....or maybe not? Doesn't quite have the same ring to it.
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level 51
Jan 23, 2019
Bhutan?
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level 54
Jan 25, 2019
Apparently we can't read ^^
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level 22
Jan 23, 2019
Ok, so where the heck is finland? me is gunna die
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level 62
Jan 23, 2019
These stats are going to change real soon with the influx of Muslims coming into Europe!
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level 75
Jan 23, 2019
Well that was uncalled for.
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level 56
Jan 23, 2019
The influx has been happening already for years, and yet they haven't affected the numbers. But go ahead and believe the xenophobic false propaganda some politicians and media are feeding you. >__>
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level 75
Jan 23, 2019
Will you see more organized groups of men systematically grooming underage girls to be gang raped and then not prosecuted by police who fear that doing so would make them seem racist? Probably. But murder? Not so much. The murder rates in most Muslim countries are lower than that of Eastern Europe.
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level 26
Jan 24, 2019
What about Finland? Surprised it wasn't on the list.
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level 50
Jan 24, 2019
Japan and Germany are apparently among the countries with the cleverest murderers
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level 37
Jan 25, 2019
Oddly enough (or perhaps not) this list matches up with countries that have higher than average national IQ scores.
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level 55
Jan 25, 2019
Better education is definitely correlated with both.
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level 75
Jan 27, 2019
there is no such data available from any source that has not been almost universally panned and discredited.
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level 55
Jan 28, 2019
I suspect you could find a correlation if there was any good data. But it is perfectly possible that there never can be good data because studies comparing nations where everyone is in a Western education system to ones where most people aren't educated are going to be biased somehow anyway.
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level 46
Feb 16, 2019
The amount if Asian/middle east countries surprised me (admittedly I got none...) also missed Slovenia, and sort of didnt expect Spain to be on here though I got it.
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level 46
Feb 16, 2019
And yes, I tried canada.. ;)
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level 46
Feb 16, 2019
I love how the description says "intentional" homicides haha. So the oops, I killed you, don't not count
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