Third World Countries 2021

What is a third world country? Recently, third world countries are defined by high poverty rates, economic instability, and lack of essential 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 Korea, 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 "three worlds" terminology has changed somewhat. Today, the term Third World describes 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 initially used. For example, several European countries not aligned with NATO or the Communist Bloc are quite prosperous today. Going by the historical definition, nations such as Finland, Sweden, Ireland, and Switzerland were Third World countries. Based on today's definition, 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 replaced with terms such as least developed countries, developing countries, and the Global South. The Least Developed Countries, or LDCs, are based on United Nations data with the lowest socioeconomic development and Human Development Index ratings. These countries have weaknesses in nutrition, education, and literacy, have economic vulnerabilities, and have widespread poverty.

Mexico is considered to be both a Third World country and a developing country. By historical definition, Mexico is regarded as a Third World country because Mexico did not align with NATO or the Communist Bloc following World War II. By the current definition, Mexico is a developing country. Poverty and lack of basic education are both issues throughout Mexico, as well as underdeveloped neighborhoods. However, Mexico has an institutionalized government, a law system, public healthcare, public education, and infrastructure.

India is considered to be a Third World country and is also a developing country today. India has a high poverty rate, corruption, an outdated caste system, and other significant issues that have stunted its development. India is part of BRICS, an acronym for the association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.

Brazil is considered a Third World country, based on the historical definition, and a developing country. Brazil is part of BRICS and has the largest economy of any country in South America and Central America; however, Brazil has a low BDP per capita, low living standards, and high birth and death rates.

The Philippines is historically a Third World country and currently a developing country. The GDP per capita is low, and the infant mortality rate is high. Many of its citizens lack access to health care and higher education as well.

By historical definition, Vietnam is a Second World country because it was part of the Communist Bloc after World War II. Vietnam is a developing country today and is developing quickly, partially due to its shift to a market economy. Vietnam's economy is continuing to grow, and its education and health care have made significant improvements in the past 20 years. Vietnam is aiming to become a developed country within the next couple of years.

China is a Second World country by historical definition, as it was part of the Communist Bloc. China is a developing country today and is part of BRICS. Although China has one of the world's largest economies, there is a huge income gap, widespread poverty, and a slower urbanization rate than that of developed countries.

Because Thailand did not initially join the Allies or the Communism Bloc, it is a Third World country. Thailand is considered to be a developing country or, more accurately, a New Industrialized Country. This means that Thailand has advanced farther relative to other countries, but has not yet reached the level of modern industrialized nations, such as the Western Nations. A large part of Thailand is still poor and rural.

Jamaica is both a Third World country and a developing country. Jamaica's economy is considered an upper-middle-income economy but is one of the slowest developing economies and depends on tourism, mining, and agriculture with no significant industrialization. Jamaica faces high poverty levels as well.

Peru is a Third World country historically and is currently a developing country. Peru has widespread poverty and lack of education among the masses. Luckily, the economy has improved in recent years due to economic initiatives, international loans, and infrastructure projects. Still, it seems as though Peru will need a few decades to become a developed country.

Note: The following United Nations Member States were not included in the latest Human Development Index report: North Korea, Monaco, Nauru, San Marino, Somalia, and Tuvalu.

Here are the 10 countries with the lowest human development indexes:

  1. Tuvalu (0)
  2. Somalia (0)
  3. Niger (0.354)
  4. Central African Republic (0.367)
  5. South Sudan (0.388)
  6. Chad (0.404)
  7. Burundi (0.417)
  8. Sierra Leone (0.419)
  9. Burkina Faso (0.423)
  10. Mali (0.427)

Third World Countries 2021

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Third World Countries 2021

Country Human Development Index 2021 Population
Tuvalu011,931
Somalia016,359,504
Niger0.35425,130,817
Central African Republic0.3674,919,981
South Sudan0.38811,381,378
Chad0.40416,914,985
Burundi0.41712,255,433
Sierra Leone0.4198,141,343
Burkina Faso0.42321,497,096
Mali0.42720,855,735
Liberia0.4355,180,203
Mozambique0.43732,163,047
Eritrea0.443,601,467
Yemen0.45230,490,640
Guinea Bissau0.4552,015,494
Dr Congo0.45792,377,993
Guinea0.45913,497,244
Gambia0.462,486,945
Ethiopia0.463117,876,227
Djibouti0.4761,002,187
Malawi0.47719,647,684
Ivory Coast0.49227,053,629
Haiti0.49811,541,685
Afghanistan0.49839,835,428
Sudan0.50244,909,353
Comoros0.503888,451
Togo0.5038,478,250
Senegal0.50517,196,301
Benin0.51512,451,040
Uganda0.51647,123,531
Madagascar0.51928,427,328
Lesotho0.522,159,079
Mauritania0.524,775,119
Rwanda0.52413,276,513
Nigeria0.532211,400,708
Zimbabwe0.53515,092,171
Syria0.53618,275,702
Tanzania0.53861,498,437
Papua New Guinea0.5449,119,010
Solomon Islands0.546703,996
Cameroon0.55627,224,265
Pakistan0.562225,199,937
Nepal0.57429,674,920
Myanmar0.57854,806,012
Angola0.58133,933,610
Cambodia0.58216,946,438
Eswatini0.5881,172,362
Zambia0.58818,920,651
Sao Tome And Principe0.589223,368
Kenya0.5954,985,698
Equatorial Guinea0.5911,449,896
Ghana0.59231,732,129
Laos0.6017,379,358
Vanuatu0.603314,464
Republic Of The Congo0.6065,657,013
Bangladesh0.608166,303,498
Kiribati0.612121,392
Bhutan0.612779,898
Honduras0.61710,062,991
Timor Leste0.6251,343,873
Micronesia0.627116,254
India0.641,393,409,038
Namibia0.6472,587,344
Tajikistan0.659,749,627
Guatemala0.6518,249,860
Cape Verde0.654561,898
Guyana0.654790,326
Nicaragua0.6586,702,385
Morocco0.66737,344,795
Kyrgyzstan0.6726,628,356
El Salvador0.6746,518,499
Iraq0.68541,179,350
Palestine0.6865,222,748
Bolivia0.69311,832,940
Vietnam0.69498,168,833
Indonesia0.694276,361,783
Egypt0.696104,258,327
South Africa0.69960,041,994
Philippines0.699111,046,913
Moldova0.74,024,019
Gabon0.7022,278,825
Paraguay0.7027,219,638
Turkmenistan0.7066,117,924
Libya0.7066,958,532
Marshall Islands0.70859,610
Belize0.708404,914
Uzbekistan0.7133,935,763
Samoa0.713200,149
Dominica0.71572,167
Maldives0.717543,617
Botswana0.7172,397,241
Suriname0.72591,800
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines0.723111,263
Tonga0.726106,760
Jamaica0.7322,973,463
Jordan0.73510,269,021
Tunisia0.73511,935,766
Dominican Republic0.73610,953,703
Fiji0.741902,906
Mongolia0.7413,329,289
Saint Lucia0.747184,400
Colombia0.74751,265,844
Peru0.7533,359,418
Ukraine0.75143,466,819
Ecuador0.75217,888,475
China0.7521,444,216,107
Algeria0.75444,616,624
Armenia0.7552,968,127
Thailand0.75569,950,850
Lebanon0.7576,769,146
Azerbaijan0.75710,223,342
Brazil0.759213,993,437
Venezuela0.76128,704,954
Bosnia And Herzegovina0.7683,263,466
Sri Lanka0.7721,497,310
Grenada0.772113,021
Mexico0.774130,262,216
Cuba0.77711,317,505
Saint Kitts And Nevis0.77853,544
Antigua And Barbuda0.7898,731
Georgia0.783,979,765
Trinidad And Tobago0.7841,403,375
Albania0.7852,872,933
Serbia0.7878,697,550
Panama0.7894,381,579
Mauritius0.791,273,433
Turkey0.79185,042,738
Costa Rica0.7945,139,052
Seychelles0.79798,908
Palau0.79818,169
Iran0.79885,028,759
Barbados0.8287,711
Kazakhstan0.818,994,962
Malaysia0.80232,776,194
Kuwait0.8034,328,550
Uruguay0.8043,485,151
Bahamas0.807396,913
Belarus0.8089,442,862
Romania0.81119,127,774
Bulgaria0.8136,896,663
Montenegro0.814628,053
Russia0.816145,912,025
Oman0.8215,223,375
Argentina0.82545,605,826
Croatia0.8314,081,651
Hungary0.8389,634,164
Chile0.84319,212,361
Bahrain0.8461,748,296
Latvia0.8471,866,942
Portugal0.84710,167,925
Brunei0.853441,532
Saudi Arabia0.85335,340,683
Slovakia0.8555,460,721
Qatar0.8562,930,528
Andorra0.85877,355
Lithuania0.8582,689,862
United Arab Emirates0.8639,991,089
Poland0.86537,797,005
Cyprus0.8691,215,584
Greece0.8710,370,744
Estonia0.8711,325,185
Malta0.878442,784
Italy0.8860,367,477
Czech Republic0.88810,724,555
Spain0.89146,745,216
Slovenia0.8962,078,724
France0.90165,426,179
Israel0.9038,789,774
South Korea0.90351,305,186
Luxembourg0.904634,814
Austria0.9089,043,070
Japan0.909126,050,804
Liechtenstein0.91638,250
Belgium0.91611,632,326
New Zealand0.9174,860,643
Finland0.925,548,360
United Kingdom0.92268,207,116
United States0.924332,915,073
Canada0.92638,067,903
Denmark0.9295,813,298
Netherlands0.93117,173,099
Singapore0.9325,896,686
Hong Kong0.9337,552,810
Sweden0.93310,160,169
Iceland0.935343,353
Germany0.93683,900,473
Ireland0.9384,982,907
Australia0.93925,788,215
Switzerland0.9448,715,494
Norway0.9535,465,630

Third World Countries 2021