Suicide in Denmark, 1922-1991: the choice of method

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1994 Aug;90(2):91-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1994.tb01561.x.


The authors describe methods of suicide registered in Denmark during the last 70 years. The preferred method was initially hanging then later poisoning, first mainly with household gas, later with other agents, especially overdoses of medicine. In recent years there has, however, also been an increasing number of hangings, drownings and other methods of suicide, and there seems to be an increasing inclination towards selecting more violent methods. The Danes' choice of method for committing suicide differ somewhat from that in the other Scandinavian countries; in particular, there have been far more cases of self-poisoning in Denmark.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Cause of Death*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sex Factors
  • Suicide / prevention & control
  • Suicide / psychology
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*