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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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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.
The parents of a friend who fell ill in Bahrain insisted details of his treatment be relayed to a major clinic in a first world country, which reported that he was getting the identical treatment that he would "at home".
Let's see him today, in this economy, where food prices are sky high and where gas and electric are so expensive that, in a first world country, thousands of senior citizens freeze to death every year because they cannot afford to heat their homes.
Buy a specialty policy that provides for medical evacuation to a First World country for help in an emergency.
We're a first world country, we should not be choosing one over the other.
Since it very rapidly became a thing about money, and numerous Kiwis, through no fault of their own, endured tarpaulins and holes in the ground in their backyards for so very long, it is not hard to see why many do not consider us a first world country at all.
This has made Wales, a wealthy, cultured first world country, languish near the bottom of European literacy tables.
Manager, Gavin Kibble, said: "Before this, if you'd said to me there are people in Coventry who are so poor they can't send their kids to school with a packed lunch I would never have believed you, yet there are people in Coventry living with third world deprivation in a first world country.
Does being a First World country make the suffering and the loss of lives any less worthy of help?
Turton said that Australia is the only the first world country that has a significant amount of tropical land mass, and yet investment in research does not reflect this.
Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has called for increased investment in education in order to develop the skills of Saudis and transform the Kingdom into a first world country.
Outside the inquiry he said: "How can people in a civilised first world country be forced to live like this and cannot buy property and be treated worse than any other cultural group I am aware of.