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Old 07-21-2019, 01:37 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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It fits for both the old geopolitical classification and the more commonly used yardstick of being a developing country, why wouldn't it be classified as 3rd world? Sure they've got a subway in Bangkok now, but they've also still got women wearing gold rings around their giraffe necks up in the hills and roads where 90% of the passing vehicles are scooters.
Thailand is classified as a second world country.
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Old 07-21-2019, 04:47 AM
 
Location: On the road
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Thailand is classified as a second world country.
By who and it what way?

It used to mean countries aligned with Soviet Block, I'm curious when Thailand become a Soviet satellite state.
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Old 07-21-2019, 05:49 AM
 
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By who and it what way?

It used to mean countries aligned with Soviet Block, I'm curious when Thailand become a Soviet satellite state.
Depends on the source. One said:
Examples of second-world countries by this definition include almost all of Latin and South America, Turkey, Thailand, South Africa, and many others. Investors sometimes refer to second world countries that appear to be headed toward first world status as "emerging markets.

As I state previously, I lived in a 3rd world country in Africa, and I live in Thailand in the winter. No comparison. Both countries would not be in the same category.

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Old 07-21-2019, 06:01 AM
 
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So when you state it's a second world country, it's in terms of one of the many definitions and in this case for investors? What characteristics do you use to define second versus third world country? It seems pretty nebulous, at last vague enough to where discounting it's classification as 2nd versus 3rd world seems a bit absurd.
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:09 AM
 
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So when you state it's a second world country, it's in terms of one of the many definitions and in this case for investors? What characteristics do you use to define second versus third world country? It seems pretty nebulous, at last vague enough to where discounting it's classification as 2nd versus 3rd world seems a bit absurd.
You just like to argue. Thailand is not third world. Period.
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:28 AM
 
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You just like to argue. Thailand is not third world. Period.
You just like to state opinions as fact when they are anything but. You found a definition for investors that has a definition for second world countries and have decided that is the end-all classification of Thailand and all the other definitions that place it as third world as void. That's a bit silly, no matter how strongly you wish to type the word "period" because there is no formal definition for it.

It's quite common for third world country to refer to developing countries, which includes Thailand. You know that.
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Old 07-21-2019, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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If I could relate an anecdote or two, that would be a testament to its rarity, not it frequency. In fact I cannot think of a single incident in the past five ears of traveling as a single man alone on six continents. I can't recall once having to brush someone off, even children. There probably were a few, but not troublesome enough to have taken note of. Certainly nothing like Mexico in the 50s, or the Middle East.
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Old 07-21-2019, 07:05 AM
 
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You just like to state opinions as fact when they are anything but. You found a definition for investors that has a definition for second world countries and have decided that is the end-all classification of Thailand and all the other definitions that place it as third world as void. That's a bit silly, no matter how strongly you wish to type the word "period" because there is no formal definition for it.

It's quite common for third world country to refer to developing countries, which includes Thailand. You know that.
Uganda is a developing country - 3rd world. Thailand is nothing like that. It's not a developing country.

You can find a zillion sources with every definition of what you are looking for.
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Old 07-21-2019, 11:28 AM
 
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Uganda is a developing country - 3rd world. Thailand is nothing like that. It's not a developing country.
United Nations says Thailand is a developing country. https://www.un.org/en/development/de...sification.pdf

IMF says Thailand is a developing country. https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft...ata/groups.htm

World Bank says Thailand is a developing country. https://isi-web.org/index.php/resour...ping-countries

I'll take their opinion over your opinion, thanks.


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You can find a zillion sources with every definition of what you are looking for.
That's what makes your continued attempts to state with authority that Thailand is not a 3rd world country so funny. In modern usage third world country is often used to refer to developing countries, which despite your insisting otherwise is how Thailand is usually classified.
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Old 07-21-2019, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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I am beginning to think that labeling an entire country as "third world" got left behind in the 20th century. In many countries, even ones called "developed", parts of the country or perhaps just the cities fall into the category of developed or developing. Other parts of the country fall into the category of what we used to call third world or underdeveloped.

There are dozens of examples of this in countries that used to fall into the big basket called third world: Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Iran, Turkey, Chile, Mexico, Panama, etc, etc.

The economic divisions between more prosperous urban and poor rural are getting wider, even in the USA!
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