Don’t Panic — End Poverty

Hans Rosling asks: Has the UN gone mad?

The United Nations just announced their boldest goal ever: To eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere, already by 2030.

Looking at the realities of extremely poor people the goal seems impossible. The rains didn’t fall in Malawi this year. The poor farmers Dunstar & Jenet, gather a tiny maize harvest in a small pile on the ground outside their mud hut. But Dunstar & Jenet know exactly what they need to break the vicious circle of poverty. And Hans Rosling shows how billions of people have already managed. This year’s “hunger season” may very well be Dunster’s & Jenet’s last.

Up-to-date statistics show that recent global progress is ‘the greatest story of our time – possibly the greatest story in all of human history. The goal seems unrealistic to many highly educated people because their worldview is lagging 60 years behind reality.

About the film

The visualizations are based on original graphics and stories by Gapminder. The data sources are listed here.

The Dollar Street project, featured in this film, will launch later this year.
Learn more and stay tuned here.

This film follows the previous award-winning BBC productions Don’t Panic – The Facts About Population and The Joy Of Stats.

The film was produced by Wingspan Productions and broadcasted on BBC TWO on September 23, 2015. Director & Producer: Dan Hillman. Executive Producer: Archie Baron. ©Wingspan Productions for BBC, 2015.

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Demographic Party Trick 1 – Hans Rosling & Bill Gates

Explaining the global vaccination programs is NOT a party-killer! It’s a Party Trick!

This is Party Trick #1 in a series of Demographic Party Tricks, produced by the Gapminder Foundation: A Swedish Non-Profit promoting a fact-based worldview.

In this film Hans asks the question — What percent of children get the basic vaccines? In our Global Ignorance Project we found that the majority of people in Sweden & US don’t know the fact that most children in the world get the basic vaccines.

Learn about the World Immunization Week here:

Read more about our Ignorance Surveys here: //

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Don’t Panic – The Facts About Population

The world might not be as bad as you might believe!

“Don’t Panic” is a one-hour long documentary produced by Wingspan Productions and broadcasted on BBC on the 7th of November 2013.

The visualizations are based on original graphics and stories by Gapminder and the underlaying data-sources are listed here. Hans presents some results from our UK Ignorance Survey described here.




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The film was produced by Wingspan Productions.


About the film

This is a free documentary for a fact-based worldview. The visualizations & stories in this film were originally developed by Gapminder. The data-sources are listed here.
It was first broadcasted on BBC on 7th of November 2013.
Director & Producer: Dan Hillman. Executive Producer: Archie Baron. ©Wingspan Productions for BBC, 2013.

Reducing Child Mortality



Nearly 10 million children under five die every year. Almost 90% of all child deaths are attributable to just six conditions: neonatal causes, pneumonia, diarrhoea, malaria, measles, and HIV/AIDS.

The aim (Millenium Development Goal 4) is to cut child mortality by two thirds by 2015.
How can this be achieved?
Which countries make sufficient progress?
And by which rate did a country like Norway reduce its child mortality the last 100 years?

Watch Gapminder Video #11 to understand the background and the current status of a Millenium Development Goal.

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Carbon dioxide (Energy)



All humans emit carbon dioxide (CO2) and contribute to the climate crisis. But some humans emits much more than others.

Although the total CO2 emissions from China are almost as big as those from United States, the emissions from a single American are more than 6 times larger than those from a person in China.

In China today, almost 80% of the electricity is produced from coal, and that proportion is increasing. What China needs is an environmental-friendly way of producing electricity that is cheaper than coal.

Data used

CO2 emissions
in Gapminder World

Public services



To have a fair chance in life, everyone needs public services, practical things like safe drinking water, schools and health services.

It’s also very important that information about these services is readily available in a useful form. We need good information in order to provide good public service.

Statistics are needed on the access and quality of those services. Both for those who provide it and those who have the right to demand access to it.

Data used

Births attended by skilled health staff in Gapminder World

Chile, a developing country?


About this Gapminder Video

What’s the difference between Chile, Cuba and the USA?
Well, it depends on what kind of factors you are looking at. What is obvious however, is that an explanation of reality demands far more complex groupings of countries then in “developed” and “developing countries”.

In some aspects Cuba was closer to USA than to Chile in 1962. Today all three countries has a low child mortality but differs both in fertility rate and in income.

Bangladesh Miracle


About this Gapminder video

Have you heard about the miracle that has happened in Bangladesh over the last 30 years? No?

Bangladesh has the highest population density among the world’s most populous countries. Today, Bangladesh has more people than Russia, but the area is smaller than Florida.

So what is the Miracle? In 1970 an average women in Bangladesh gave birth to 7 children, and one of four of them died before the age of five. But after independence from Pakistan in 1971 things has improved. See Hans Rosling’s Gapminder video to understand how much.