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Countries with the Most Murders

Can you name the countries with the most intentional homicides?
According to the UNDOC via Wikipedia
Last updated: November 14, 2018
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Murders
Country
50,674
Brazil
41,623
India
19,669
Mexico
19,030
Venezuela
17,805
South Africa
17,059
Nigeria
13,846
Pakistan
13,681
Russia
13,343
Colombia
12,253
United States
Murders
Country
11,286
China
9,797
Philippines
8,755
D.R. Congo
8,044
Myanmar
7,334
Ethiopia
5,936
Honduras
4,998
Guatemala
4,514
Bangladesh
4,473
Uganda
3,921
El Salvador
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level 59
Sep 8, 2015
Not a single European country on the list! Civilization and gun control rule!
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level 77
Sep 29, 2015
Russia is the most populated european country and it has a slightly more troubled history than western countries. But it still has three times less murders than Brazil per capita.
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level 66
Sep 16, 2018
Can't remember - what did Gandhi say about Western civilization?
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level 33
Oct 7, 2015
Gun Control can kiss the dirt
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level 63
May 15, 2017
You do know that people can commit murder without guns, right? Knifes and good old fashioned hands can also kill anyone.
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level 38
Feb 4, 2018
Yes, but you cannot kill with hands or knives in the masses...
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level 44
Jul 14, 2018
Yeah remember that time a knife rained down on 50+ innocent people killing all of them in minutes at a night club in Miami and a concert in Vegas? Give me a break!
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level 66
Sep 16, 2018
If knives and bare hands are just as dangerous and effective as guns, then why do people insist they need guns to defend themselves?
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level 75
Aug 9, 2017
So Russia is not in Europe anymore?
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level 41
Aug 9, 2017
Well with 77% of Russia being in Asia, it's a topic of debate. Russia is typically categorized into both continents, or simply Eurasia.
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level 75
Aug 11, 2017
I bet if you discounted the entirety of the portion of Russia in Asia, it would still make the list.
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level 59
Jul 14, 2018
A large part of the last few centuries of European history involves the consequences of Russia wanting to be considered a cultural part of history and Western and Central Europe saying, "sure, you're a part of Europe *wink*." So, no, other than geographically, Russia has never been part of Europe.
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level 66
Sep 16, 2018
Wow, Adam, quite the definitive take. No need to discuss this any further.
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level 65
Sep 12, 2017
You know that the criminals will always find a way to get a weapon and gun control is just preventing ordinary citizens from having a means of defence?
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level 34
Oct 3, 2017
That's why USA has approx. 10 times the death rate by guns than NZ, Australia, UK and most other western countries....
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level 34
Oct 3, 2017
That's deaths per capita. You can't argue with the stats Thorvald
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level 75
Jul 14, 2018
While the argument that outlawing things is pointless because criminals will just break the law is almost unimaginably stupid and obviously leads to anarchy.... statistics do not strongly make the case either for or against gun control or gun ownership. It's more complicated than those on either side want to recognize.
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level 55
Aug 16, 2018
When statistics alone don't make the case for either side, we need to resort to reasoned argument. There are good reasons to believe that the majority of people do not need and should not have access to guns.
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level 64
Jul 14, 2018
That's interesting because Mexico and Brazil have very strict gun control. If you want to say that gun control correlates with less murders then you need to look at all countries with strict gun control, not just the ones that have low murder rates.
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level 71
Sep 16, 2018
Yes, but developing countries generally have more corruption in their bureaucracy and police as well as more porous borders. To be more accurate, try comparing "developed" countries against each other.
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level 81
Oct 7, 2015
Latin America is the murder capital of the world. 19 of the top 25 per capita murder rates by nation or independent territory are from Mexico on down. And Honduras practically laps the field with a rate nearly twice that of its closest competition (Venezuela).
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level 57
Oct 15, 2015
Actually (and sadly), Honduras' murder rates are more than double those of Venezuela!
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level ∞
May 13, 2017
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level 68
Oct 16, 2015
I bet a lot of undeveloped countries (most of Sub Saharan Africa/Afghanistan/Iraq etc) have higher murder rates in reality. It's just difficult to keep track.
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level 70
Oct 16, 2015
These are total murders, not murder rates.
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level 72
Nov 2, 2016
They probably have less trouble counting the number of people compared to the number of murders though.
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level 77
Mar 22, 2018
If the government, or others in control (cartels, organized crime, etc.) has sanctioned the murder do you think those are counted as murders or just unfortunate accidents or disappearances? And, is genocide counted as murder or is it strictly one on one conflict?
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level 43
Oct 16, 2015
Forgot Sudan, Guatemala, Phileppines and Tanzania
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level 50
Oct 16, 2015
A bunch of developing countries + the United States. I wonder why :-)
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level 37
Oct 16, 2015
Because at over 300 million inhabitants the USA is one of the most populated countries in the world.
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level 65
Jun 7, 2016
China has more than 3 times that many people and less murders overall
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level 61
Aug 9, 2017
China has more than 4 times.
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level 75
Aug 12, 2017
Russia is not a developing country.
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level 59
Jul 14, 2018
A better way to make the point is that the U.S. is the only member of the G-7 on the list. True, Russia used to be part of the G-8, but that was a publicity stunt. It was always the G-7 plus Russia. Italy, the smallest economy in the G-7 per capita (PPP), is around 30th biggest. Russia is around 50th, and at least 1/3 smaller than Italy. The U.S. is certainly an outlier in this list as much as people are trying to downplay it. the U.S. is around the 10th largest economy per capital, PPP. After that comes Russia around 30th, then Mexico in the mid-60s.
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level 50
Feb 3, 2019
It is trying to develop, give it time
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level 68
Oct 16, 2015
To reinforce pansceder's comment, this is meaningless if not percapita (though granted, data quality is iffy at best) .
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level 43
Oct 16, 2015
No afghanistan, iraq, libya etc?
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level 38
Aug 21, 2017
Low population.thats why
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level 38
Jul 14, 2018
Completely untrue. Iraq has 37 million people; Afghanistan has 35 million people; Libya has 6 million, which is just as many as El Salvador--which did make the list.
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level 51
Oct 16, 2015
The US is one of the highest because of its four top cities: New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit and Washington DC. If we took those cities out, then the US would not make this list. Those four cities are the strictest over gun control in the US. Honduras has the most per capita. Swtizerland has the least murders per capita. Honduras bans guns, Switzerland REQUIRES citizens to own guns. This is why we don't need to ban guns.
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level 75
Oct 16, 2015
Right because if you have a problem with something you should do nothing to try and address it. George Burns lived to be 100 years old. Aaliyah, who according to friends never drank or smoked, died when she was 22. So obviously if someone has lung cancer the solution is to smoke more cigars.
Legislating against anything is pointless because criminals won't obey the laws anyway. This is why there's no point in making murder, rape, or theft illegal. Also why we don't license people to drive cars. That just creates a hassle for law-abiding citizens since those who will drive without knowing are won't stop anyway and there's no point trying to stop them.
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level 30
Oct 16, 2015
Good comment.
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level 38
Oct 16, 2015
manchesterutd10's comment is a perfect case study in "cherry picking" your data to fit a predetermined narrative.
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level 61
Oct 28, 2016
Sometimes maybe look at things with a bit of common sense rather than try to be too analytical...
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level 54
Apr 23, 2017
those cities are absolutey not the strictest gun control cities. detroit!? come on, people move to michigan just to pack
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level ∞
May 13, 2017
I'm not going to argue the validity of gun control, but @manchesterutd10 is incorrect. This isn't hard to look up. Remove the number of murders committed in those cities, and the U.S. is still easily on the list.
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level 50
Aug 9, 2017
Completely wrong manchesterutd10. The states with the highest murder rate are states with little to no gun control. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_homicide_rate. Give a look at the top 15 States and let me know how many voted Republican in the last election (answer=11, including the top 4). If looking only at gun related murder, give a look at this list: http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/death-by-gun-top-20-states-with-highest-rates/21/ (give you a hint, 14 of the top 15 are Republican). Alaska is at the top. Then you can go back and establish a more informed opinion about gun control.
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level 53
Dec 9, 2017
Or if you really think about it, murder is higher in urban areas than others... Is your mind blown yet, manchesterutd?
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level 54
Oct 16, 2015
That thumbnail pic...
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level 65
Oct 16, 2015
So terrorism doesn't count as intentional murder?
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level 72
May 14, 2017
... or bombing
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level 57
Oct 16, 2015
Hmm, the USA... it always seems to be the top in answer stats for quizzes!
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level 53
Dec 9, 2017
We are good at a lot of things... :)
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level 54
Oct 21, 2015
I can't be the only one who typed US first.
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level 57
Oct 21, 2015
Well, 572 people typed US then gave up! You're not alone...
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level 29
Feb 7, 2016
i did not know this stuff. but i dont want to but great quiz tho. look me up on search to play my quizzes and comment. if u do, ill play all of ur quizzes next weekend
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level 43
Jul 25, 2016
not surprise for Burma with the persecution of Muslims
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level 43
Jul 25, 2016
(in French) Et le gouvernement n'arrive pas à contrôler les tensions du peuple et il doit certainement y avoir encore plus d'assassins mais qui ont réussis à ne pas se faire prendre.
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level 46
Oct 30, 2016
More time, maybe?
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level 69
May 16, 2017
I think better parameters should be noted considering almost none of the terrorist states ranked. I'm thinking not everyone or everything considered intentional is being counted.
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level 58
Aug 9, 2017
Per the source, the stats exclude deaths from wars/conflicts, so e.g. the wars in Somalia or Iraq and Syria are probably excluded. The data is most likely based purely on murder convictions, and terrorists often aren't convicted of anything - especially in states where there's active wars going on.
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level 51
Aug 9, 2017
If you draw a circle around mexico to colombia, you'll have 8% of the world population and yet 33% of all (registered) murders.
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level 56
Aug 9, 2017
In these moments, and when our politicians open their mouth, and many other things, that im so proud of my Brazil...
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level 65
Aug 9, 2017
People are loving to bash the United States and pretend Europe is a safe haven. But let's remember, which continent imperialized the vast majority of the world? Europe, specifically the United Kingdom, Spain,and France. Which countries abused these colonies and pushed most of them into extreme poverty? Europe again. Which continent hosts numerous, numerous genocides on a large scale, the most recent being on the Balkan Peninsula? Europe! So yes, while Europe does have their lovely gun control, are they really that much better than any other place in the world? Not really. #ProudTurkishCitizen #TurkeyIsntEurope
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level 57
Aug 9, 2017
Yes these are all facts. I agree!
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level 71
Aug 11, 2017
So things that occurred over 20 years ago (for the Balkans wars, other issues are much older) are relevant when comparing current murder rates - maybe European countries are doing something right?
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level 75
Aug 12, 2017
Not to disagree with your point about pretentious Europeans projecting their own insecurities, but... it's pretty funny that you end your rant about European colonialism and genocide with "#ProudTurkishCitizen"... might want to look up the history of the Ottoman Empire sometime. On a website not in Turkish. Perhaps as told from the Armenian, Kurdish, Greek, English, Palestinian (Jewish), Arab, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Romanian, Russian or Byzantine perspective.
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level 37
Aug 10, 2017
Is anyone else bothered by these numbers?
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level ∞
Aug 24, 2017
Murder rates are much lower today than at any time in history.
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level 50
Feb 3, 2019
But if I get murdered, I'm bothered by it, no matter what the rate overall is.
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level 35
Feb 10, 2019
I don't think you CAN be bothered by being murdered, exceept for if there is an afterlife
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level 70
Sep 11, 2017
All of these added up equal what, 200k a year? Add up the deaths per year of these countries and I'd imagine we're talking somewhere around 70 or 80 million/year. So 3 deaths out of every 1000 caused by murder in the countries with the most murders in the world. That sounds kinda pretty damn safe to me, it's far more uplifting than worrisome.
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level 55
Aug 16, 2018
Could you specify what time period these murders occurred in?
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level 68
Sep 26, 2018
They used to send undesired business partners on their final business trip from UK to India starting £200 a pop. Usually the ones with roots in the peninsula. Wonder if they do this any more? Transferring stats..
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level 27
Dec 29, 2018
It was very surprising not to see Thailand and Indonesia there...