Mexico is a first world country
In Liberia (West Africa), the need is great for many people. (& copy picture-alliance / AP-images)
Developing countriesThe term "Third World" is hardly used today. Rather, one speaks of "developing countries". About two thirds of all people live in developing countries. This means all the less developed countries in Africa, Asia, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean and Oceania.
Cold War era termThe term "Third World" originated during the Cold War when two military blocs faced each other. The countries that did not belong to any of these blocs were the so-called non-aligned countries. They got the name "Third World". One bloc was led by the US. This was called the "First World", and that included the democratic industrialized countries. The other bloc was led by the Soviet Union. That was the "second world," and that included the industrialized socialist states. The "second world" has not existed since the end of the Soviet Union and the term "first world" is no longer used.
Fourth worldOccasionally one hears the term “fourth world” for the very poorest countries that could not survive without foreign help.
Source: Gerd Schneider / Christiane Toyka-Seid: The young politics encyclopedia from www.hanisauland.de, Bonn: Federal Agency for Civic Education 2021.
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