200 years that changed the world

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It was the last 200 years that changed the world. In 1809 all countries of the world had a life expectancy under 40 years and an income per person less than 3000 dollar per year. Since then the world has changed but it was not until after the second world war that most countries started to improve.

For the first time, Gapminder can now visualize change in life expectancy and income per person over the last two centuries. In this Gapminder video, Hans Rosling shows you how all the countries of the world have developed since 1809 – 200 years ago.

The interactive animations and corresponding documentation are freely available at www.gapminder.org/world.

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39 thoughts on “200 years that changed the world

  1. I AM HAPPY TO BE THE FIRST PERSON TO POST A MESSAGE HERE. THIS SHOULD BE SHOWN TO EVERYBODY ON THE PLANET. THERE IS SO MUCH TO SAY BUT I FIRST HEARD OF YOU THROUGH MY INFATUATION WITH TED.COM WHERE I SAW YOUR TALK QUICKLY GOOGLING YOU AND WATCHING YOUR TALK TO THE OECD. I LIKE THE PIANO ANALOGY. THANK YOU AND THANK YOU MORE FOR GIVING US THE WONDERFUL TOOL TRENDANALYSER

  2. This is brilliant, compelling and amazingly well visualized. If there is power in information to move the world into action, as I believe there is, Gapminder is putting it on steroids!

    Congratulations!

  3. simply amazing. thank you for all your wonderful videos. they have certainly blown my mind and opened it at the same time. can’t wait to see your next!!!

  4. This is fantastic stuffs.This is what information and knowledge should be-made easily accessible to everyone to see and evaluate.These data should be the backdrop by which all the narratives in the corporate(?popular) media should be judged by.
    The socioeconomic data should parallel the (military)political narratives to get the full picture of the world humanity.

    cheers

  5. Hey i’m am an Indian and I know for sure that the life expectancies were over 40 during the 19th and 29th centuries, despite all the butchering by the albino albions. May I know the source of ur statistics.

  6. I love what you are doing and seen from all kinds of scientific views this inexorably explains or rather converges what is happening currently in all scientific branches: It’s that there is something majorly wrong with the way we conceive the importance of our individual perception of reality…

    Therefore I am convinced that I’m doing the right thing by trying to convince people in my social proximity that they will eventually have to alter their current views…there is no other way…is there?

    To give you some perspective please check out the “Kardashev”-Theory on Wikipedia or elsewhere…it’s been there for 45 years so you will have a hard time missing it! 😉

    ENJOY!

  7. Very intelligent perspective in the video. Stunning graphics.

    Good point in Clara’s reply about life expectancy. Oral tradition is usually biased. My family in India had people living to be 70-80 even in the early 20th century. But, few people remember the dead infants.

  8. I think this tool tells the story as it is and brings out most amazing conclusions. Thanks for this neat tool.

  9. Fact based vision of the world is the basic approach to many problems and situations we encounter; unfortunately the media and governments are ideological powers which have large conflicts of interest and avoid to promote fact based analysis of policy and governement decisions.
    Economic growth is the major determinant of health and LE and not the system of care. That’s perhaps important for all of us and especially US citizens.
    However strong economic growth put a terrible strength on natural resources especially in food systems and non renewable energies which are at the present time far more dense in joules than the renewable ones.
    Does gapminder will release some forecasting videos about that?
    Thank you very much to share your vision.

  10. Hans – Thank you for sharing this video with the world. This powerful, graphical view of the last 200 years has changed my “worldview”. I have posted your video on my blog, shared it on Twitter. I hope this helps share your message. Have a great day. Regards, Tom

  11. really interesting. and it’s great that it’s so easy to grasp as it’s so visual.

    I do think it’s problematic though that it’s just using nations. He mentioned it: Differences within countries cannot be accounted for. So what if 20% of the population gets richer and healthier and the rest stays the same. Then this is pretty misleading… (i’m not having any specific country in mind, i’m just saying…)

    still a great tool! thank you!

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