West and Rest

Gapminder often talks about the western habit of dividing countries into two groups: the West and the Rest. We do this to help westerners realize that such division is NOT so useful as they may think. This concept is quote strong in peoples minds, but in reality there’s not neutral definition of what “west” means. We have tried to capture what the majority of people in the richest countries in Europe and USA means when they talk about western superiority, and it seems like they  exclude Latin America and former Sovjet Union. We are not using this concept of west and rest to show anything meaningful. Rather the opposite.

Date Posted: 2018-05-04