Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Pietz, Tobias, Rebekka Edelmann, and Elvan Isikozlu. 2006 ‘SALW and Crime - Suicides.’ SALW Survey of Croatia; Section 3.1, pp. 14-15. Belgrade: South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) / Bonn International Center for Conversion. 1 November
SALW and Crime - Suicides
[SALW = small arms and light weapons]
Another calculation from the National Institute for Public Health shows much higher numbers of suicides using guns.
Out of 871 suicides in the year 2004, 17 percent were committed according to the international reporting codes X72-75, meaning that 148 people killed themselves either with a gun or using explosives.
Between 1995 and 2004, the total number of suicides remained stable at around 800 to 900. The total rate of suicides per 100,000 was 19.6 in Croatia in 2004; however, two thirds were committed by men, bringing the male rate to 30.2 and the female rate to a low of 9.8.
Compared to other European countries, the Croatian suicide rate is quite high. For example, in 2003 Bulgaria had a rate of 14 per 100,000, the Czech Republic 16.9, while the Netherlands and the UK were at a low of 9.2 and 6.9 respectively.