Developed vs. Developing

Comparing 2 Worlds

Developed Countries

According to Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, "A developed country is one that allows all its citizens to enjoy a free and healthy life in a safe environment."


Some Features of Developed Nations

  • High level of industrial development
  • High level of affluent citizens
  • Low levels of unemployment
  • Higher education rates
  • Stable governments
  • High level of per capita income
  • Increased life expectancy
  • Low birth rates - Low death rates
  • Good housing conditions
  • Safe water supplies
  • Abundant food supplies
  • Easy to access advanced medical services


Examples of Developed Countries: Germany, United States, Norway, Australia

Some Characteristics of Developing Countries

  • In the process of industrialization
  • Low level of affluent citizens
  • Higher levels of unemployment
  • Lower education rates
  • Often contain undeveloped rural villages
  • Unstable governments
  • High level of birth rates - High level of death rates
  • High infant mortality rate
  • Dirty, unreliable water supplies
  • Poor housing conditions
  • Poor nutrition
  • Poor access to medical services
  • Low to medium standard of living
  • Unequal distribution of income
  • Factors of production are not fully utilized


Some Examples of Developing Countries: Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, North Korea