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Homicide Rate per 100,000 of Population by Country, 2010/2012
(sorted from lowest to highest)

Rank Country / Territory Rate   Rank Country / Territory Rate
1 Singapore 0.3   103 Micronesia (Fed. States of) 4.6
2 Japan 0.4   104 Niger 4.7
3 China, Hong Kong SAR 0.4   105 United States of America 4.7
4 Kuwait 0.4   106 Marshall Islands 4.7
5 Indonesia 0.5   107 Afghanistan 4.7
6 Iceland 0.6   108 Yemen 4.8
7 Switzerland 0.7   109 Mauritania 5.0
8 Algeria 0.7   110 Belarus 5.1
9 China, Macao SAR 0.7   111 Dem. People's Rep. of Korea 5.2
10 Bahrain 0.7   112 Estonia 5.2
11 San Marino 0.7   113 Thailand 5.3
12 Slovenia 0.7   114 Argentina 5.5
13 Austria 0.8   115 Lao People's Dem. Rep. 5.9
14 Saudi Arabia 0.8   116 Kenya 6.1
15 Germany 0.8   117 Ghana 6.1
16 Denmark 0.8   118 Suriname 6.1
17 Spain 0.8   119 Cambodia 6.5
18 Sweden 0.9   120 Uruguay 6.6
19 Republic of Korea 0.9   121 Lithuania 6.9
20 Italy 0.9   122 Eritrea 7.1
21 Netherlands 0.9   123 Chad 7.3
22 Czech Republic 0.9   124 State of Palestine 7.4
23 Liechtenstein 0.9   125 Mali 7.5
24 New Zealand 0.9   126 Republic of Moldova 7.5
25 China 1.0   127 Cameroon 7.6
26 Australia 1.1   128 Pakistan 7.7
27 Ireland 1.1   129 Burundi 8.0
28 France 1.1   130 Somalia 8.0
29 Oman 1.1   131 Burkina Faso 8.0
30 Qatar 1.1   132 Iraq 8.0
31 United Kingdom 1.1   133 Kiribati 8.2
32 Poland 1.2   134 Benin 8.4
33 Cyprus 1.2   135 Guinea-Bissau 8.4
34 Portugal 1.2   136 Kazakhstan 8.4
35 Croatia 1.2   137 Haiti  8.7
36 Andorra 1.3   138 Guinea 8.9
37 Serbia 1.3   139 Grenada 8.9
38 Nauru 1.3   140 Antigua and Barbuda 9.1
39 Tonga 1.3   141 Gabon 9.1
40 Hungary 1.3   142 Philippines + 9.1
41 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.4   143 Mongolia 9.3
42 Luxembourg 1.4   144 Barbados 9.4
43 Norway 1.4   145 Seychelles 9.5
44 Malta 1.5   146 Peru 9.5
45 Canada 1.5   147 Russian Federation 9.6
46 Slovakia 1.6   148 Costa Rica 9.9
47 Greece 1.7   149 Comoros 10.0
48 Morocco 1.7   150 Uganda 10.0
49 Romania 1.7   151 Angola 10.0
50 Libya 1.7   152 Djibouti 10.1
51 Bhutan 1.7   153 Gambia 10.2
52 TFYR of Macedonia 1.7   154 Bermuda 10.3
53 Belgium 1.7   155 Togo 10.3
54 Armenia 1.8   156 Paraguay 10.4
55 Jordan 1.9   157 Papua New Guinea 10.4
56 Bulgaria 1.9   158 Zimbabwe 10.6
57 Israel 1.9   159 Zambia 10.7
58 Finland 2.0   160 Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 10.8
59 Tajikistan 2.0   161 Madagascar 11.1
60 Brunei Darussalam 2.0   162 Sudan 11.2
61 Azerbaijan 2.1   163 Central African Republic 11.8
62 Tunisia 2.2   164 Ethiopia 12.0
63 Lebanon 2.2   165 Cabo Verde 12.0
64 Syrian Arab Republic 2.2   166 Mozambique 12.4
65 Guam 2.2   167 Nicaragua 12.4
66 Malaysia 2.3   168 Congo 12.5
67 Malawi 2.5   169 United Republic of Tanzania 12.7
68 United Arab Emirates 2.6   170 Turkmenistan 12.8
69 Sierra Leone 2.6   171 Côte d'Ivoire 13.6
70 Bangladesh 2.7   172 South Sudan 13.9
71 Turkey 2.7   173 Kyrgyzstan 14.6
72 Mauritius 2.8   174 Ecuador 15.1
73 Senegal 2.8   175 Namibia 15.2
74 Montenegro 2.8   176 Myanmar 15.2
75 Egypt 2.9   177 Guyana 17.1
76 Vanuatu 2.9   178 Botswana 18.4
77 Nepal 3.0   179 Equatorial Guinea 19.3
78 Taiwan, Province of China 3.1   180 Panama 19.4
79 Palau 3.1   181 Nigeria 20.0
80 Cook Islands 3.1   182 Dominica 21.1
81 Viet Nam 3.3   183 Mexico 22.0
82 Chile 3.3   184 Saint Vincent, the Grenadines 22.6
83 Sao Tome and Principe 3.4   185 Rwanda 23.1
84 Liberia 3.5   186 Saint Lucia 23.2
85 Sri Lanka 3.5   187 Brazil 23.6
86 India 3.5   188 Dominican Republic 23.9
87 Timor-Leste 3.6   189 Puerto Rico 26.5
88 Kosovo* 3.6   190 Dem. Rep. of the Congo 28.3
89 Niue 3.6   191 Trinidad and Tobago 30.1
90 Samoa 3.6   192 Bahamas 30.2
91 Uzbekistan 3.7   193 South Africa 30.7
92 Latvia 3.8   194 Colombia 32.2
93 Aruba 3.9   195 Swaziland 33.8
94 Maldives 3.9   196 Lesotho 38.0
95 Fiji 4.0   197 Guatemala 40.0
96 Iran (Islamic Republic of) 4.1   198 Belize 41.9
97 Cuba 4.2   199 Jamaica 44.3
98 Tuvalu 4.2   200 Saint Kitts and Nevis 46.0
99 Georgia 4.3   201 Venezuela (Bolivarian Rep. of) 48.8
100 Ukraine 4.3   202 United States Virgin Islands 52.6
101 Solomon Islands 4.3   203 El Salvador 58.4
102 Albania 4.5   204 Honduras 87.9

Note: The homicide rate listed in this table is the average of homicide rates reported for 2010, 2011 and 2012, where available. For some countries only homicide rates for 2010, 2011 or 2012 were available. For the following countries no data were available for any of these years: Mayotte, Réunion, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands, Greenland, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, French Guiana, Monaco, New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

Source: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Homicide Statistics, Data Query on 31 August 2014.
Downloaded from: http://www.unodc.org/gsh/en/data.html

 

As far as I know, this is the most authoritative international comparison of homicide rates available. It is compiled on the basis of official national statistics and other official sources by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in cooperation for their "Global Study on Homicide, 2013".

While there may be questions about the reliability of crime statistics in many of the countries, there can be no doubt that violent crimes (in particular homicides) are significantly higher in the United States of America than in most European countries.

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: Global Study on Homicide, Website, 2013
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: Global Study on Homicide, Full Report, 2013 (pdf)

 

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