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A history of global living conditions in 5 charts - Our World In Data

A history of global living conditions in 5 charts - Our World In Data
This is the introduction to Our World in Data – the web publication that shows how global living conditions are changing. This text was previously titled "A history of global living conditions in 5 charts". A recent survey asked “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”. In Sweden 10% thought things are getting better, in the US they were only 6%, and in Germany only 4%. Very few people think that the world is getting better. What is the evidence that we need to consider when answering this question? I. To see where we are coming from we must go far back in time. 30 or even 50 years are not enough. Take a longer perspective and it becomes very clear that the world is not static at all. To avoid portraying the world in a static way – the North always much richer than the South – we have to start 200 years ago before the time when living conditions really changed dramatically. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII.

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