Differences in development

Measuring development is about comparing one country to another.

This is achieved by using various human and economic indicators, development data, comparisons and statistics.

The North South divide

MEDCs or More Economically Developed Countries are countries which have a high standard of living and a large GDP.

LEDCs or Less Economically Developed Countries are countries with a low standard of living and a much lower GDP.

The map shows the locations of LEDCs and MEDCs. Most of the southern hemisphere is less developed, while countries in the northern hemisphere are more developed.

Map showing how world is divided between LEDC and MEDC countries