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Everyone lives on Dollar Street

January 18th, 2018

Imagine all people in the World lived along one long street. And imagine all houses were sorted by income. The poorest to the left. The richest to the right. What would it look like, and where would you live? Back in 2003 Anna got obsessed with the idea of making such systematic photo documentation of […]

Aha! Now I get how everybody lives!

January 18th, 2018

Dollar Street is a visual framework created by Anna Rosling Rönnlund, co-founder of Gapminder, for understanding how everybody lives across the world. It combines photos of the everyday lives of families in more than 52 countries with income data to provide a fact-based worldview that everyone can understand.

How not to be ignorant about the world

January 18th, 2018

In this TED Talk Hans Rosling presents the results of our public surveys that shows that people don’t know key aspects of global development. And Ola Rosling shows that this has nothing to do with intelligence. It’s a problem of factual knowledge. Facts don’t come naturally. Drama and opinions do. Factual knowledge has to be learned. So Ola teachers 4 […]

Updated Gapminder World Poster 2015!

December 15th, 2016

Thanks to all Gapminders on Facebook for feedback on the previous version! We have updated the graph with the latest Life Expectancy numbers from IHME! Click here to download the PDF file. Suitable for print. This chart was produced in December 2016. This chart shows the Life Expectancy and Income of 182 nations in the […]

Singapore in a Global Perspective

January 7th, 2016

The change from large to small families reflects dramatic changes in peoples lives. In this TEDx video Hans Rosling talks about how this change plays out in Sweden, Singapore and in his own life.

Don’t Panic — End Poverty

October 7th, 2015

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 […]

Dollar Street

February 1st, 2015

Explore households on Dollar Street. The poorest to the left and the richest to the right. Everybody else live somewhere inbetween.

Gapminder World Poster 2013

December 27th, 2014

This chart compares Life Expectancy & GDP per capita of 182 nations in the year 2013. Each bubble is a country. Size is population. Color is region. People live longer in countries with a higher GDP per capita. No high income countries have really short life expectancy, and no low income countries have very long life […]

Will saving poor children lead to overpopulation?

February 7th, 2014

Hans Rosling explains a very common misunderstanding about the world: That saving the poor children leads to overpopulation. Not only is it not right, it’s the other way around!

Ignorance Survey in the USA 2013

December 10th, 2013

In November 2013 Gapminder conducted an Ignorance Survey in the US for the first time. This study was done in collaboration with Novus Group International AB and KnowledgePanel. We asked ten basic questions about the today’s  world to a  web panel that was representative of adults in the US. Here are the results: Results from the […]

Don’t Panic – The Facts About Population

November 20th, 2013

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 […]

Sources for data shown in DON´T PANIC

November 7th, 2013

DON´T PANIC, is a one-hour documentary film produced by Wingspan Productions for This World on BBC2 and others. The film covers world population, income distribution and the use of fossil fuel. The presenter, Professor Hans Rosling, is the co-founder of Gapminder Foundation, and Gapminder also supplied the data shown in the program and the educational concepts […]

Highlights from Ignorance survey in the UK

November 3rd, 2013

Highlights from the first UK survey re ignorance of global trends. A preliminary summary by Hans Rosling, Gapminder Foundation, 3 Nov, 2013 Gapminder’s mission is to fight devastating ignorance about the world with a fact-based worldview that everyone can understand. We started the Ignorance Project to measure what people know and don´t know about major global trends. Read […]

BBC2 7 Nov 9pm

October 31st, 2013

BBC2 at 9 pm 7 Nov will broadcast DON´T PANIC, a documentary in which Hans Rosling use Gapminder style graphics to explain major global trends re population, economy and energy. http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2013/45/this-world-hans-rosling.html  A trailer with the new Yardstick of Wealth for the world  is available here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpdyCJi3Ib4  

The River of Myths

May 16th, 2013

Hans Rosling is debunking the River of Myths about the developing world. By measuring the progress in the once labeled “developing countries”, preventable child mortality can be history by the year 2030.

Gapminder World 2012 (PDF)

August 31st, 2012

Health and wealth for all countries. Excellent for print (PDF).

200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

December 21st, 2010

Instead of studying history one year at the university, you can watch this video for less than five minutes.

Life Expectancy PowerPoint

October 5th, 2010

Life expectancy is a very important measure when we compare the health of different countries. Teach your students what it measures.

Gapminder HIV presentation

April 27th, 2010

Use this animated presentation when you lecture about HIV.
Download to your own computer – manuscript included.

What stops population growth?

January 25th, 2009

Poor children may as well die? Time to learn what population growth really is about.

Human Development Trends, 2005

November 6th, 2008

A complete package of animations for your lecture. Available in many languages.

Has the World Become a Better Place?

November 17th, 2006

Is the world a better place? We outline major trends from 1962 to 2003.

We’re looking for a Head of Media Production

November 29th, 2018

  Job Description During the past 10 years Gapminder has become world famous for explaining a fact-based worldview and for teaching Factfulness. We have built a huge global online audience, but most of our ideas haven’t been published yet, because we are missing an effective process for finalizing and delivering new content to our audience. […]

Minorities and global health

May 4th, 2018

Helena Nordenstedt presents the Global Health Framework, which can help you to understand how income is related to health. Basically, low income countries tend to have a lower life expectancy than countries in higher income levels. She shows that minority groups within countries (in all income levels) generally have a lower life expectancy than the rest […]

First Newsroom becoming Gapminder Certified

April 5th, 2018

Announcement: Today the team behind SVT Rapport is the first newsroom in the world to get the Gapminder Global Fact Certificate! On September 14, 2017, we visited SVT Rapport, a newsroom of SVT, the Swedish national public TV broadcaster, which is one of the most trusted news sources in Sweden. We tested their core team […]

Using photos as data to understand how people live

January 18th, 2018

Dollar Street is the brainchild of Anna Rosling where she uses photos as data to make everyday life on different income all over the World easy to understand! It is a free website with 300+ homes from 52 countries ordered by income. Imagine all people in the World lived on the same street, the poorest to the […]

Happy birthday Dollar Street!

October 18th, 2017

Today is Dollar Street’s first birthday. And what a year it has been! Dollar Street has grown from 160 to more than 260 homes. And it is now available in English, Spanish and Swedish! Our mission has been to show how people around the world really live. And Dollar Street has received an overwhelming response! […]