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!




Comments
  1. Thrid world problems: corruption, poverty, war, hunger, healthcare, education, safety, diseases, political instability.
    First world problems: You hurt my feelings

  2. Somone in usa was flexing on me for living there by saying "how does it feel to be in a third world country" i live in iceland :l

  3. From a first world country, I’m thankful for the third’s. If you think about it, us firsters made the thirds poor. We ask a lot of them and we get it all, but they ask and they’re told off. So thank you, you made us better, and I wish you the best of luck so that you too can stand from the highest peak💜💕❤️

    p.s sorry for using “first” and “third” ☺️

  4. And yet Indians look down on Africans, especially we habesha.. smh

    This means African Americans are more privileged than Indians because they helped build it and live in a wayyyy richer country than you

  5. Australia was England's way of cleaning out their overpopulated prisons while at the same time planting their flag on yet another plot of land.
    But Australia got the last laugh.

  6. Been to the SEA region and found that The Country Philippines are very nice for a tropical summer getaway location! And the Fels are very hospitable people😊 most of all they are 3rd world country that value friends than money😘
    Just my experience no offense whatsoever.
    -love from U.K.

  7. "Are they any worse off than an overworked, over weight, diabetes and hypertension suffering rich first world man that takes pills to sleep and often drinks to oblivion" – Man you SLAYED IT

  8. It kind of annoys me how he just picks out the MOST poverty stricken countries in Africa. How about you pick out North American countries, like panama, or South American countries like Guyana 🇬🇾. Or Asians, yes I know he used India 🇮🇳, but he could use Cambodia 🇰🇭, or Bangladesh 🇧🇩, two very poor countries. Even Europeans have poverty. I don’t know 🤷‍♂️ if you knew this, but take Kosovo 🇽🇰. With a GDP per capita of a mere $3,990.

  9. Some of us out there are part from 3rd world countries that soon will be considered 1st world countries, and we don’t blame on each other but we remain positive and hard working.

    Then, you see the Indians blaming on the Europeans for their poverty.

  10. India used to be one of the richest countries in the world before Britain showed up and made it into a colony

  11. The greatest first world problem is when your beautiful wife wakes you up from an amazing dream

  12. I hope you also explain why these countries are like that they way they are…how come the India who was golden bird and control 25% of worlds gdp is third war? How come us, UK and Europe become rich after colonising the whole world…

  13. Back in the 80's , we had the global Live Aid concert to raise money and awareness to the starving children in Africa!…Millions were raised and we all patted our selves on the back for caring so much and helping so many!…Fast forward 30 plus years and there are still poor starving kids in Africa!…Nothing has changed because the governments and the people have not changed…There are poor starving kids in Appalachia too but they have it 100 x times better than the Africans kids do…Its all relative… Stating the obvious but poor in America, South Korea, Japan, Canada, etc is far better than poor in most other countries.

  14. Every nation has positive and negative Points. I am from Germany and to be honest – if you are from India or Africa and ask me, if you should come here, I don’t know, if I should advice you so. Yes we are industrialized and in some Parts very wealthy. But a lot of people have to work for minimum wage (which we have for a few years now) and have to pay a lot for renting an apartment. They fell into debt very easy because they can’t save a lot. We have a lot of social problems and if you come here, you will join that group (unless you are a Ingenieur or a Doctor) for sure. We are developed – that’s right, but every coin has two sides. I am honest. Sometimes I think it would be better to live a more simple life. More focused on family and friends. We have lost something here, a lot of less wealthy societys still have.

  15. There are more comprehensive indexes than the Human Development Index. For instance, the Legatum Prosperity Index and the Social Progress Index.

  16. simple. Koreas Culture. The Meritocracy. What separates China, Japan from Se Asia? Koreas culture. What separates White Europeans from indo, Arab Europeans. Koreas Culture. What separates NW Protestants from Eastern , Southern Catholic Europeans? Koreas Culture. The Meritocracy was born in Korea , that ended Feudalism. The end of Hereditary Nobility, Aristocracy and Hereditary Debt slavery to the land.
    Thats why Korea is a BLANK in the Jew, owned English speaking world,. Americans/White English speaking males CLAIM to have created the "Modern "World, but their History and Culture say otherwise. Only Korea can absolutely state the DATE when the MERITOCRACY was created by a General and Scholar. When the Jo-seon Dynasty ended the Feudal Goryeo Dynasty,. A Revolution ushered in the Era of the Meritocracy,. The American and Fench Meritocracy were not True Revolutions that symbolized a Meritocracy. Both America, France still held Religion, Colonialism, Slavery. Many aspects of both countries contradict White males claims they created the Meritocracy.
    Queen Victoria Ordered the complete destruction of the Jo-seon Dynasty, for its role as the creators of the Meritocracy and for spreading it to Europe.

  17. I'm indian i feel so bad about my country like the corruption takes place here way too much I hate ppl are beating doctors just because an individual died who was having a deadly disease I hate this 😤 hope these things end here and I hope ppl should learn the importance of education here 😃

  18. I agree… they ARE much better off than we in the USA. Nobody I know would describe their lives as "happy" or 'fulfulled." Our culture has at its core materialism and the pursuit of the Almighty Dollar. And we work and stress ourselves to death to buy a bunch of stuff that becomes obsolete as soon as we get it… just to turn around and start the same cycle all over again.

  19. 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…

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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…

  23. 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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..

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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…

  31. 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

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

  33. 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.

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