Suicide and unemployment


2008 saw the beginning of the global economic crisis that caused a rising in unemployment in many westerns countries. In Denmark, the AKU-unemployment (Labour force study unemployment) rose from 101,000 in 2008 to 221,000 in 2011. In 2012, unemployment was 218,000.

From 2008 to 2012, the suicide rate rose with 15%. The male suicide rate rose with 23%. Several studies have demonstrated a statistical association between unemployment and the occurrence of suicide. Thus, it is of interest if the economic crisis and unemployment has resulted in a rise in the number of suicide in Denmark.


The purpose is to examine the association between unemployment and suicide, and to illuminate if this association is influenced by the economic crisis in 2008 or by other variables e.g. age or sex.


Further information will be posted later.


Ongoing. The project is conducted by the Centre for Suicide Reseach.


For further information, please contact Academic Associate, MSc. Agnieszka Konieczna on email

This page was last updated at 01/02/2019