Benchmarking 200 countries on life expectancy and wealth over 200 years

July 26, 2013 by ahmed

 

Using first class data visualization, Hans Rosling brings us through two centuries of global development. Gapminder illustrates how every nation in every continent has changed over the past 200 years, year by year in terms of life expectancy and the wealth of a country. The impact of the industrial revolution, the world wars, epidemics, the great depression, colonization and independence, natural resources, emerging economies and more are taken into account in this superb statistical animation involving about 120,000 numbers.

Lifespan was less than 40 years of age for most every country of the world two hundred ago, except for the UK and the Netherlands. Now, longevity is well over 40 years of age with the more advanced ones having a life expectancy of over 80 years. That is double the life expectancy 200 years ago!

Wealth has grown by a whopping 30 to 50 times on average over the past two centuries. For example, the income per person in New Zealand grew from 600 dollars to over 24,000 dollars from 1810 to 2010. That is an incredible 4000% growth.

To find out more about how your country has progressed over this time period or how it compares with others, “click and drag” in Gapminder for a fascinating illustration. For example, I did that with Singapore and found that its growth path significantly different from that of the United States.
Click here for Gapminder

Alan Samuel, COER Researcher.

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