In total, 1,647 people committed suicide in the Netherlands last year, up marginally on 2010, but it is unclear if there is a link with the financial crisis, the national statistics office CBS said on Tuesday.
It is the fourth year in a row that the number of suicides has increased – a trend that is also apparent in other EU countries, the CBS said.
‘Some recent international studies conclude there is a link between suicide and the economic recession,’ the CBS said. ‘It is not known to what extent this applies to the Netherlands.’
Seven out of 10 people who commit suicide are men and half are aged between 40 and 60 years old.
Hanging is the most common method, but the under-20s are most likely to jump in front of a train. Men are much more likely than women to kill themselves using drugs and medicine, the CBS said.