Why is it called a third world country?

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Why is a third world country called a third world country?

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Why is a third world country called a third world country?

Adam, Wandsworth

Answer

Name: Sarah, Birmingham

Qualification: Mum told me a long time ago that Ireland was a third world country, so I looked it up.

Answer: It’s about how countries were allied during the cold war. A first world country was allied with the United States. A second world country was allied with Russia, third world were countries not allied to anyone.

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