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The Universal Sadness Issue

An Arctic Wave Of Teenage Suicide

Relative to the size of its population, the suicide rate here is the highest on earth. And the most disturbing part of the stats? It is children and teenagers who are driving the numbers up.
02 January 2009, 12:00am

Right now, more people are killing themselves in Greenland than anywhere else. Relative to the size of its population, the suicide rate here is the highest on earth. And the most disturbing part of the stats? It is children and teenagers who are driving the numbers up. The authorities in Greenland are officially referring to the situation as an epidemic. And even though there are lots of theories, so far no one has been able to pinpoint why these children can’t stand the thought of staying alive. I have some Greenland Inuit blood in me but I grew up in cozy Denmark, so I felt the need to try and find out what’s going on up there.

tunu

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