Which countries are classified as developing nations?
Hans Rosling, a Swedish global health expert, suggests that people incorrectly divide the world into two –developed countries, such as the U.S., and developing countries, like Ethiopia – based on the number of children a woman has and how long the children live.
“In many people’s minds the world still looks like this – developed and developing,” Mr. Rosling says in a video designed to accompany Bill Gates’s annual talk, showing a cluster of countries separated in two distinct boxes.
“But it’s a myth because the world has improved immensely in the last 50 years.” He proceeds to demonstrate how, thanks to improvements in health care and other factors, child mortality has fallen rapidly in large swaths of the world since the 1960s.
Over time, more “developing countries” have moved into the box of “developed countries,” he shows.