During the Cold War, people would refer to countries who were unaligned to Western interests with the term ‘3rd world’, a term that after the fall of the Soviet Union, would start to represent developing countries. Trying to be politically correct, most people refer to 3rd world countries as being ‘developing’ ergo still in development, which is a nice way to say that they’re poor.
Make no mistake about it, 3rd world countries and ‘developing’ countries are pretty much the same poor countries we all know about. With this in mind, what exactly is a developed country and what are the standards to judge one by? If you’ll bear with us for a few minutes, we’ll try to find out what are the most developed countries in the world and why are they considered developed to begin with. Long story short, here are the ten most developed countries on Earth right now.
New Zealand enjoys a market economy which is heavily dependent on agriculture, manufacturing, and tourism. The life expectancy in New Zealand is 80.93, which is fairly decent when compared with the rest of the world. They have a GDP of $132 billion which breaks down to about $29,000 per capita. With an HDI of 0.910, New Zealand is the 7th most developed country in the world, a country that is developing still.