Third World Countries List

Here is a list of third world countries. Interestingly the term third world country original came about during the Cold War as a term to describe countries not allied with the Eastern Bloc nor with the West. Today, it more commonly describes countries who are still developing and have not reached the point of other countries such as the US. These countries are frequently poor and suffer under a repressive government that hinders development. Most people can’t name these countries because their governments change so frequently that the name and layout of the country change almost as often. Years of warfare have decimated the populations in these countries and in many cases the only regular food or clean water that they receive is what the UN can send in.

Most third world countries are in Africa and include Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Conga, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali Mauritania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. These third world countries are frequently in the news because of war and poverty, but some are beginning to take the necessary steps to pull themselves out. These countries also frequently rank as the poorest in the world.

There are several third world countries in Asia, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Lao PDR, Maldives, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, and Yemen. Notably many of the third world countries in Asia are embroiled in the current war on terrorism. These third world countries are also frequently found on the list of poorest countries in the world.

Though many people do not realize it there are several third world countries in the Pacific, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. While these countries aren’t anywhere near as badly off as some African countries they still qualify as third world countries due to their lack of development.

 Haiti qualifies as the Caribbean’s only third world country. Their recent devastation has set them back even further and there are rumors that their former dictator is trying to return to power.  

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