Homicide map: Most murders take place in Latin America
The homicide map has been released by the Igarape which says that at least 437,000 people die violently around the world each year, a global average of 6.2 murders per 100,000 inhabitants.
Some 79% of victims of homicide around the world are male: the proportion rises to 85% in Latin America and the Caribbean. At least 41% of all murders are committed with firearms. In Latin America and the Caribbean the percentage is 66%.
There are 31 countries in the world with homicide rates below 1 per 100,000. 18 of them are located in Europe, 11 in Asia and 2 in Africa.
The countries with the lowest homicide rates on the planet are Liechtenstein, Monaco and Singapore.
Roughly 33% of the world´s homicides occur in Latin America and the Caribbean, home to just 8% of the global population.
At least 5 of the 20 most murderous countries in the world by absolute death counts are in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala.
When measured by homicide rate, 14 of the 20 most dangerous countries in the world are located in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, almost half of all homicide victims are aged between 15 and 29.