Taipei, Aug 5 (IANS) A total of 3,675 Taiwanese nationals committed suicide last year, an increase of some 4 per cent from the year before, the health and welfare department announced on Friday.

Male residents accounted for 66 per cent of the figure. Suicide was among the top 10 causes of death for men in the island nation, Xinhua news agency reported.

The department attributed the rise partly to the fluctuation in Taiwan's political situation and the slowdown in its economic growth.

Men and women combined, suicide ranked 11th cause of death in Taiwan in the past year.

Cancer was the top cause of death in the island for the 34th consecutive year, followed by heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, pneumonia and diabetes.