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Third World vs First World Countries – What’s The Difference?

Third World vs First World Countries – What’s The Difference?


According to the United Nations, it no longer
judges a country by a particular stage that it is at in its development. Nonetheless, countries are ranked higher in
terms of the comforts and opportunities afforded to its citizens. We now call this the Human Development Index. Back in the day, we would judge a country
by its stage of industrialization, and the first developed country in this sense was
the UK. Belgium followed, then Germany, then the USA,
and then France and other western European nations. If we look at today’s Human Development
Index, the top ten countries in order are: Norway, Australia, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark,
Singapore, the Netherlands, Ireland, Iceland, Canada, and 10th, believe it or not, is the
USA. The UK, which was once in first place, now
stands in 16th place. Today we’ll look at why, in this episode
of the Infographics Show, 3rd World vs 1st World Countries – What’s The Difference? Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. First of all, many people think we should
stop using these terms of first and third world. The terms are seen as insulting and vague,
and while some nations might not be economic powerhouses, what’s to say the citizens
don’t live a happy and safe life, even without a Big Mac and fries? If we go back some years to 1952, a French
demographer Alfred Sauvy wrote about “Three worlds, one planet.” It is he who is said to have coined the term. By first world, he meant the USA, Japan, South
Korea and Western Europe. By second world, he meant the Soviet Union,
China, Cuba and communist allies. At the bottom, in the third world, he meant
all the rest, societies that were mostly agrarian and poor. One of the reasons the term is decried is
because it was so vague. There wasn’t really much analysis, and so
in spite of northern Brits living in industrial slums and working in inhumane conditions as
George Orwell wrote in ‘The Road to Wigan Pier’, because of Britain’s relative wealth,
it was deemed first world. In fact, these days a professor at Harvard
Medical School has used the term ‘Fourth World’, which includes the USA. This means a country of great wealth where
some parts of society live on the fringes, jobless, often drug-addicted, with no healthcare
and not so many opportunities to change things around. They are living in a first world with third
world standards. So, this is a rather confusing question we
have posed. Do we use the term developing? We can look at what has happened over many
parts of Asia in the last twenty years. While parts of China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia,
and Thailand still have pervasive abject poverty, there is a lot more money. It isn’t exactly getting to everyone, though,
and one might ask if farming rice in China was any worse than making iPhone components
for hours on end in a factory in a polluted city. But with this new money, infrastructure has
improved, and so too has healthcare and education. We could say these countries are verily developing. But why is Norway the most developed? Is it still not developing? Does developed mean stasis? Not really, all countries are still developing,
but others could be said to be going through major changes. The U.S. Department of State explains why
Norway is so developed: “Per capita GDP is among the highest in the world,” we are
told, due to thriving industries in this nation of just 5.2 million people. Just take into account that Delhi has 18.6
million people. You only need to walk around Delhi to see
poverty all around you, you don’t have to go looking for it. India is developing due to its fairly amazing
economic growth, but still, it was reported in 2014 that 58% of the Indian population
were living on less than $3.10 per day. India puts the poverty line at $1.90 a day. This may be enough not to starve to death,
but we can imagine that those people living on that amount don’t have the freedom and
opportunities that Norway’s less well-to-do people have. In fact, in Norway, the average income is
more than $35,000 a year. Only 3 percent of the population work very
long hours, and all Norwegians, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development, can expect good, “environment quality, jobs and earnings, income and wealth,
education and skills, housing, work-life balance, civic engagement, social connections, and
health status.” The same definitely cannot be said of any
developing nation. Nonetheless, anyone in India will tell you
about great transformations, more job opportunities, an easing of poverty, and how far the country
has come in terms of developing technology. Norway is top of the Human Development Index,
so we could say this is the first of the first world countries, even though we don’t use
that term anymore. The top 51 nations fall in the ‘High’
Human Development bracket. Out of 188 countries, India comes in at 131st. Indeed, India’s super rich wealth and massive
growth has yet to trickle down to many of the masses. The HDI has three main categories: Environmental
sustainability, economic sustainability and social sustainability. Right at the bottom of the HDI is the Central
African Republic. Again, while we don’t use the term third
world anymore, you could say that this might be the bottom of the list in so far as we
have a term for not being developed. Why is that? For starters, life expectancy there is only
52, or thereabouts. It is tied with Angola, and only better than
one country, which is Sierra Leone. People there can expect to live to 50.1. By comparison, Norwegians on average can expect
to live about 30 years longer. In India, the life expectancy is 68, somewhere
in the middle. The 4.6 million people living in the Central
African Republic have faced extreme poverty, war, ethnic and religious cleansing, and political
violence. It’s said to be the worst place in the world
to be young, and even if you get a job, the average wage per year is said to be $400,
although this might need updating. Half of the population is illiterate, and
if you go to school you might not do more than 4 or 5 years. It has one of the highest maternal mortality
rates in the world, and about a quarter of the women have undergone genital mutilation. If that isn’t bad enough, human rights hardly
exist. Complain, and you might find yourself being
arrested summarily and sent to a terrible jail. Corruption is rife, and there is not much
anyone can do. The country has a history of labor rights
violations as well as child labor. Children and women regularly face violence
after being accused of being witches. One travel blogger talked of his experience
in the capital of Bangui, saying it was “a mess that is always teetering on the edge
of violence.” We are of course mentioning the very worse
things, and no doubt a lot of people live a happy life there. We just want to outline a kind of first, second
and third comparison. That’s why we have picked these three nations. We could also look at the country of Botswana,
which comes in 108th place. This is quite low, but if you’ve read Malcom
Gladwell’s book, ‘Outliers’, you’ll know it’s home to possibly some of the happiest,
laidback, self-sufficient people in the world. Or was, until recent times. According to Gladwell, they have a two hour
work day on average, and play around most of the time. They don’t need iPhones or dinner sets made
by Hermes. They are the last Hunter/Gatherer tribe called
the ǃKung Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert. These wanderers also moved through Angola
(which is placed 150th on the HDI). Unfortunately, what they hunt and gather is
being destroyed by development. Anthropologists say they get over conflicts
in peaceful ways and generally are a happy lot. They provide for their kids with devotion,
and remain mostly monogamous. Wealth is shared with everyone. In more recent years, that has changed as
some were forced to settle in one place, and that’s when the problems arose. As soon as they got doors, they started shutting
them and sharing less. They are also very much third world by western
standards. So, are they any worse off than an overworked,
overweight, diabetes and hypertension suffering rich first world man that takes pills to sleep
and often drinks to oblivion? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called What Can You Buy with a Million Dollars?! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

100 comments on “Third World vs First World Countries – What’s The Difference?

  1. not so… countries are considered 1st, 2nd, 3rd world countries because of the amount of money they contribute to other countries. in other words they buy their status…

  2. Some 3rd world are 3rd world because the first world ruined them when they were starting to developed

  3. I also want to add that most poor countries are not open to criticism. If you have criticism on something in Europe, they try to learn from it and grow (be wealthier). Poor countries are not open to criticism or learning so what they are doing today is the same as what they did 20 years ago or 50 years ago… They don't wanna learn unless the white man comes with technology or money.

  4. This explains quite a lot! Why Indian people are so rude, why Africa is such a backwards country. And why here in America our morals are all messed up now. You create a world where there are no problems, then the people themselves will create problems…

  5. India is like cage to me I don't want to live their, by my bad luck I born here but I will die somewhere in first World country.

  6. The only reason the uk dropped so low is because of the amount of in employed people who abuse the benefits scheme and everyone who abused the free health care and the immigrants who take the jobs and send the British money to there home conturys how every I do t have a problem with immigrants as they tend to take jobs brutish people don’t want

  7. Woooooooow Alfred saucy who coined the term was referring to countries not we’re unaligned with nato or the communist during the Cold War. But you can’t really say that huh.

  8. As an Indian I can say that there is nothing offensive about the things mentioned here..there was a time when I used to take offense whenever anybody called India a poor country but to be honest, it is very true..A huge part of our enormous population lives below the poverty line in slums and rural areas..Unemployment is a very big issue and many of the well educated young people don't have a job..It is the sad reality..Standard of living is poor and even those who have jobs have to work for very long hours just to keep their jobs..

  9. I used to live in a third world country called Singapore for a few years but now I'm back in my country Canada a first world country

  10. I am from India and I am more than happy to born in this Incredible country. I will not characterize my country or any other country like in this video for me people are happy or not that matters . If there is anything like rebirth i will again wish to born in India and will contribute again in its growth. I love my country and my country mates more than anything i can die for their smiles.

  11. My average income per month is $3000, and I live in 3rd world country, Indonesia. In here, everything is cheap, so this country is an earth heaven for me.

  12. I am Indian and i believe that yes, poverty is here in India but where it's not there? By just focussing on 4 to 5 backward states with majority people having backward mentality, the western media says that whole India is a filthy country…

  13. So if Canada is ten and us is ten are we tide you and if both are tide you should have said the continent of North America

  14. Cuba in 2nd world because of a communist alliance, but in terms of richest and live better, should be in 5th world xdxd

  15. India is hopeless, by the Time the world reaches to peak development, India will just boast about its per capita income of 3$.
    Im an Indian btw.

  16. Most of the western countries which are developed today is becoz of India. as they captured and took away the treasures of it.

  17. We got money but 1/3 of Americans are unhappy , cuz of American culture and unstable society in our country as compared to Japan and india

  18. I dont know why these channels still show snake charmers while showing India… Next time we should show school shooters to represent USA.

  19. I am from america but we just invest too much money on nuclear weapons also our cops shooting people thirld world countries are also ppl but the politicians riping them off feel really sad about them as well

  20. Just a friendly reminder : don’t let country statuses feed your instinct for discriminating and segregating people. ☺️

  21. So anti USA as to deem it 4th world. Even it's premise of wealth differences being the quality that defines it, that quality is universal to any world. Its such a stretch to single out USA as the poster child for 4th world.

  22. It is funny you have to use the word third world even though you keep apologizing for using it. This niceness to the point of not being clear is stupidity. The third worlders know they are third worlders. You did not say superstious backwords savages, which is also sometimes true. And yes it is better to be an overweight, addicted, bla bla bla. You are moralizing here and that is annoying. You are also shaking a finger at the west. Why? You can explaine things without all the posturing.

  23. The Infographic Show: uploads video about anything
    Indians who watch this channel:
    The Infographic Show: calls India a 3rd world country in a video
    Indians who watch this channel: (inhales violently) hOw dArE u tO sAy WeRe sTaRvInG

  24. that is not what determines what is a or isn't a 3rd world country. The thing that determines that is a country's ability to wage war on multiple fronts. Currently the USA is the only 1st world country because it can wage 2 full scale wars abroad while defending its shores without tanking its eco. No other nation can do this, most can barely handle 1 front.

  25. The third world is a toilet.That's what the third world is and always has been. It only ever will be. One big test site for mass biological weapons projects using innocent lives as guinea pigs all and always swept under the carpet and shroud of propaganda and media based lies.

  26. I lived in Brazil and now I am in the US. Tbh, I don’t see much difference as I was poor in Brazil and am still poor here in the US.

  27. Almost all problems in india is because of lots of people almost 14 percent of worlds population on 2 percent land. This is a serious issue for india and whole world also because less humans = more humanity more humans = less humanity.

  28. China is still considered as a developing country but is the only one who can challenge the EU or the USA in global country's power

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