• Fundamentally, a third world (or more recently, a developing) country would be mostly rural, have widespread poverty, have relatively high population growth, have an economy primarily based on producing products for the developed world. It, of course, can be more complex than that. An informative read about the complexities in defining a developing country can be found on The World Traveller website at
  • Historically speaking, countries that did not belong to the "first world" (US-led Western Camp) or the "second world" (USSR and its allies) comprised the "third world." But after Cold War, i.e. the disapperance of the second world as a meaningful category, the notion of third world began exclusively to refer to the "less developed countries" LDCs, which are characterized primarily by their low level of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) per capita (other criteria include life expectancy, education, energy consumption, population growth etc.) In order to differentiate the very poor countries (e.g. many Central African countries) from the avarage third world countries that are relatively wealthier (e.g. some Latin American countries), a fourth category has been added to this typology by many people: "fourth world."
  • The types of laws a country has and how well those laws are enforced. How much emphasis is placed on honesty, decency and justice. Also to what extent does order and organization prevail. Its is an undeniable fact that the most advanced countries are also the most orderly and well organized.
  • Lack of high speed internet?!

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