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First World

A term for the most highly developed nations. It may be applied to any member of the OECD, though its usage is somewhat archaic. Originally, the term referred to the allies of the United States during the Cold War. The term still is still sometimes associated with the Cold War and has some negative connotations. As a result, so-called First World nations frequently are called developed nations. See also: OECD.
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By 2050, it is very likely that the Philippines will already be a First World Country and can comfortably cope with a population of 150 million people.
From a mosquito infected backyard of S.E.Asia, Singapore has developed to First World country, with an economy larger than that of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and territory less than that of Karachi.
Pakistan cannot be transformed into a 'first world country' if there is no rule of law, no accountability for the privileged, and no protection for the marginalised.
Justifying his property ventures, Malik Riaz argued before the court that he had built Bahria Town Karachi so that Pakistan can grow from a third world country to a first world country, adding that construction projects were planned in the areas where people did not go due to poor security.
There are a few places in the world that a so-called First World country will be able to get away with shooting peaceful protesters, but Israel has proven time and time again that it believes it is above international law, has smugly dismissed criticisms of it, and has went so far as to attack people and organisations that dare to criticise it.
If Pakistan is to ever succeed as a nation, as a developing nation, as a first world country it need not discriminate over something as un-important as genders, something man cannot change.
It executes more people than any First World country and performs the fifth most worldwide, following China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
I cannot understand how a supposedly first world country like ours can let so many of its citizens live without the basics of sanitation and a place to sleep safely."
"Look at all the outdoor activities that can happen here...it's so cool to know you're not wasting other resources." While being surrounded by the glitz and glamour of a first world country, it was easy to feel individual efforts would be wasted, but "it does make a difference.
"But at the same time I think what it reminds all of us is although on the whole Canada is a first world country, First Nations children live in third world conditions and they're also subject to the Indian Act, the only race-based piece of legislation in the western industrialized world.
"This could be the biggest chance for Namibian talent EVER--to be recognized in a first world country and an international level--so let's show the support for EES as he has done for Namibia so far" the singing star said this week.