is a somewhat euphemistic term referring to those nations
that have not achieved a significant degree of industrialization relative to their populations, and which have a low standard of living
. There is a strong correlation between this status and high population growth.
Other terms sometimes used are underdeveloped nations, undeveloped nations, third-world nations, or non-industrialized nations. Conversely, the opposite end of the spectrum is termed developed nations, first-world nations, or industrialized nations.
Nations clearly assigned to this category include:
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