Crisis: Greece suicide rate skyrockets, +37% 2009-2011

Meanwhile, household income drops 15% in a year

22 November, 16:09

Crisis weighs heavily on Greek society Crisis weighs heavily on Greek society

(ANSAmed) - ATHENS, NOVEMBER 22 - Greece's suicide rate increased by 37% between 2009-2011, To Pontiki newspaper reported quoting police data. The data, which was presented in Parliament by Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias following a request by SYRIZA MPs, showed that 3,124 suicides and attempted suicides have occurred in the debt-stricken country since 2009, the weekly newspaper said.

Meanwhile, Greek household incomes dropped by 15% in the second quarter of 2012, compared to the same period a year earlier, figures by Greek statistics service ELSTAT showed on Thursday as reported by Kathimerini online.

Welfare benefits went down by 9.5% over the same period, data showed while indicating a 7.3% reduction in consumption. At the same time, Greek households were hit by a 37% increase in taxes, ELSTAT said. Households are estimated to have lost 5.4 billion euros in disposable income. (ANSAmed).
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