Third World Countries 2019

What is a third world country? Recently, third world countries can be defined by high poverty rates, economic instability, and lack of basic human resources compared to the rest of the world.

The term “Third World countries” was first used during the Cold War. This term was used to describe countries that were not aligned with the Communist Bloc or NATO or that were neutral. This term was first used to categorize countries into three groups based on their politics and economics.

During the Cold War, the United States, Canada, South Kora, Japan, and Western European nations and allies were categorized as First World countries. Second World countries included China, Cuba, the Soviet Union and their allies. Third World countries typically had colonial pasts in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Oceania.

After the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the terminology of the “three worlds” has changed somewhat. Today, the term Third World is used to describe a country that is not developed as much as other countries and faces economic, social, political, environmental and other issues. This has led to some confusion as to how the term was originally used. For example, there were several European countries that were not aligned with NATO or the Communist Bloc that are quite prosperous today. Going by the historical definition, nations including Finland, Sweden, Ireland and Switzerland were Third World countries. Based on the definition that is used today, these would not be considered Third World countries. Instead, what many now interpret “Third World” to mean encompasses economically poor and non-industrialized countries, as well as newly industrialized countries.

The use of the term “Third World” is being used less frequently because of the confusion about its definition. Instead, it is being replaced with terms including least developed countries, developing countries and the Global South. The Least Developed Countries, or LDCs, are based on United Nations data that have the lowest socioeconomic development and Human Development Index ratings. These countries have weaknesses in areas including nutrition, education and literacy, have economic vulnerabilities, and have widespread poverty.

As of 2018, there are several LDCs. These include in alphabetical order:

The list is even larger of countries classified as “developing countries.” These countries (in alphabetical order) include:

There are many countries around the world classified as a developing country. This includes (in alphabetical order):

Flag Name Human Development Index Population 2019
Niger0.35423,310,715
Central African Republic0.3674,745,185
South Sudan0.38811,062,113
Chad0.40415,946,876
Burundi0.41711,530,580
Sierra Leone0.4197,813,215
Burkina Faso0.42320,321,378
Mali0.42719,658,031
Liberia0.4354,937,374
Mozambique0.43730,366,036
Eritrea0.443,497,117
Yemen0.45229,161,922
Guinea Bissau0.4551,920,922
Guinea0.45912,771,246
Gambia0.462,347,706
Ethiopia0.463112,078,730
Djibouti0.476973,560
Malawi0.47718,628,747
Haiti0.49811,263,077
Afghanistan0.49838,041,754
Sudan0.50242,813,238
Comoros0.503850,886
Togo0.5038,082,366
Senegal0.50516,296,364
Benin0.51511,801,151
Uganda0.51644,269,594
Madagascar0.51926,969,307
Lesotho0.522,125,268
Mauritania0.524,525,696
Rwanda0.52412,626,950
Solomon Islands0.546669,823
Nepal0.57428,608,710
Myanmar0.57854,045,420
Angola0.58131,825,295
Cambodia0.58216,486,542
Zambia0.58817,861,030
Sao Tome And Principe0.589215,056
Vanuatu0.603299,882
Bangladesh0.608163,046,161
Kiribati0.612117,606
Bhutan0.612763,092