The nation has had the highest suicide rate among member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for 10 straight years, Statistics Korea said.
After reaching a peak in 2011, the nation’s suicide rate fell slightly in 2012 before edging up again.
By gender, there was a higher suicide rate for men than for women. The suicide rate for men was 39.8 deaths per 100,000 people in 2013, up 4.2 percent from a year earlier. About 17.3 women per 100,000 people took their own lives last year, down 4.2 percent from 2012.