The National Police Agency says the number of suicides across the country stood at 21,897 in 2016.
The figure had dropped for 7 years in a row. The annual number of suicides had exceeded 30,000 for 14 consecutive years since 1998.
The figure peaked in 2003 with 34,427 suicides. More than 15,000 men and nearly 6,800 women killed themselves last year.
People in their 40s accounted for the largest number of suicides with 17 percent of the total, followed by those in their 50s and 60s.
The National Police Agency says health issues topped the list of motives, followed by financial and family problems.
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