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The term First World originally refers to the capitalist, industrialized countries, within the Western European and United States' sphere of influence, (e.g. member states of the NATO). The term also includes other industrialized countries such as Japan and some of the former British colonies, particularly Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Whoever uses the term today in a variety of meanings, mostly tries to describe the top end of the evolution of countries. Nations with the most advanced economy, highest standard of living, the most advanced technology, the greates influence in the world.
The term could also means: industrialized nations, developed countries, rich countries or the civilized world, in contrast to the poor, under-developed, un-civilized, exploited nations of the so called Third World.
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First World - Industrialized Countries, within the Western European and United States' Sphere of Influence
|NATO Member States during the Cold War|
|Spain (since 1982)||Turkey||United Kingdom|
|US Aligned States|
|Former British Colonies|
|Neutral and more or less industrialized capitalist countries|
Top 10: First World Countries in terms of their Gross National IncomeThe GNI based on purchasing-power-parity (PPP) per capita in int'l Dollars.
|#||Country||Region||GNI per Capita|
|1||Luxembourg||Western Europe||66 821|
|2||Norway||Northern Europe||41 941|
|3||United States||North America||41 557|
|4||Ireland||Northern Europe||40 003|
|5||Bermuda (overseas territory of the UK)||North America||*36 000|
|6||Iceland||Northern Europe||35 686|
|7||Denmark||Northern Europe||34 718|
|8||San Marino||Southern Europe||*34 600|
|9||Canada||North America||34 444|
|10||Switzerland||Western Europe||33 168|
-- International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, April 2005
(*) CIA The World Factbook (covers countries not mentioned by the IMF, information may refer to 2004 or earlier.)
Slightly different figures you will find at The World Bank Group
Full list of National Economic Accounts for Countries and Regions around the World
Top Ten: First World Countries in Terms of their Human DevelopmentThe Human Development Index (HDI) is published annually by the UN.
It measures the average achievements in a country in three basic dimensions of human development:
A long and healthy life
as measured by life expectancy at birth.
as measured by the adult literacy rate (with two-thirds weight) and the combined primary,secondary and tertiary gross enrolment ratio (with one-third weight).
A decent standard of living
as measured by GDP per capita* (PPP US$).
Below the list of 10 countries with the highest Human Development Index (HDI)
|Adult literacy rate||Combined gross enrolment||GDP per capita (PPP US$)||Life
|HDI||GDP rank minus HDI rank|
Human Development Report 2004
Country List of Human Development Index (HDI)
Top 10 First World Countries in Terms of Press FreedomReporters Without Borders is publishing annually an index of the countries of the world according to their respect for press freedom.
The 10 highest-ranked countries with the most media independence are in Europe.
Below the list of countries, at the top of the fourth World Press Freedom Index.
|9||Czech Republic||Eastern Europe||1,00|
Complete Country List of RSF Press Freedom Index 2005
|More about the First, Second and Third World:
The First, Second and Third World
Countries of the Second World
Countries of the Third World
List of Least Developed Countries (LDCs)
The world's poorest countries, the real "Third World".
Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs)
Rich and poor countries
Categories of development of countries in the world today.
See also: Country Economies Classification
Compare the purchasing power of countries with low income, middle income and high income.
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