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Switzerland: The World Leader in Suicide Tourism

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 10:37:34 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(ZURICH) -- Most people take vacations to get some rest.  But in some cases, it's for eternal rest.

Apparently, Switzerland is a popular destination to end one's life, according to University of Zurich researchers.

One of the chief reasons is that there are six right-to-die organizations, four of which permit foreigners to use their services.

After examining data, the researchers learned that 611 tourists made Switzerland their last-ever destination vacation between 2008 and 2012.

Germany led the way with 268 suicides committed by people from that country, followed by Britain with 126 people who took advantage of so-called "suicide tourism."

Rounding out the top five were France, Italy and the U.S., with 21 nationals who ended their own lives in Switzerland.

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