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Switzerland is a Third World Country – WTF

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This fact might come as a shock to some.

Currently, proper definition that stands for the outdated term ‘Third World’, comes from the nature of a country’s political alignment during the Cold War; when ‘Third World’ was used to define the non-aligned countries. Switzerland was one among them.

First World: the United States, United Kingdom and its allies.
Second World: the Soviet Union, China, and their allies.
Third World: neutral and non-aligned countries.

During that time, most of the poor African countries were non-aligned; thus, the term later became popular, perhaps through internet pop-culture, and came to be known (Correctly or Incorrectly) for defining the backward economic status of a nation.

Dumbed down to,
First World: Rich countries.
Third World: Poor countries.