With just three million population and an alarming emigration, Armenia ranks number four in the world with increase of murder rate, according to the newly-released UN Survey of Crime Trends and Operation of Criminal Justice Systems covering the period 2005 to 2006.

At 37%, Armenia comes behind Bahrain (73%), Jordan (45%), Tajikistan (43%) and is followed by Mauritius, Scotland, Portugal, and others.

UPDATE: The actual number of murders, nonetheless, is not reported in my source. As one reader of this blog explains, if the murder in 2004-2005 was two, for instance, then a murder of three people in 2005-2006 would mean 50% increase.