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I saw in the travel guide for Valencia, under warnings, that someone says that Venezuela is a 3rd world country. I am just wondering how this person came to be so misinformed? Anyone who paid any attention while in Venezuela, especially Valencia, would have realized that it is simply "different" from the States, and from Europe. Does that make it third world? absolutely not! Venezuela is a beautiful, modern country with so much to offer. Perhaps this person should visit a real third world country in order to clarify things a bit.
My question is this: did anyone else get the impression that Venezuela is a third world country? Did you visit Valencia, and if so, what did you think?
Of course here on VT, input is by individuals. If you disagree with what they write, the best thing to do is build a page and showcase the location to be as you see it. I guess the perception of "third world" can be misconstrued by general terminology. Are you from Venezuela? and No I have not been there sorry.
I suppose you are from Venezuela and agree with 'kiwi' building VT pages about Venezuela and/or valencia would be much better to convince other travellers to come to your country.
Hi! I am from Venezuela and I have been in Valencia many times. Venezuela is a very modern, educated, cosmopolitan and beautiful country. I would also say that Venezuela is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the region.
Venezuela is also a third world country but it is just a political definition that was created several decades ago to separate developed capitalist countries from developed communist countries and undeveloped countries. Since Venezuela and all Latin American countries are undeveloped countries we fall under this category. Some people really do not understand where this clasification comes from and they use it freely. Do not worry about it! This is probably someone who does not have a clue what the definition of a third world country is.
Venezuela is considered a third world country because of statistics such as:
Natal mortality: 22.2 babies out of 1000 die in the first year of life
10% of children under 5 are malnurished
20% of children are not immunized for measles
16$ of the population does not have access to clean water (42% in rural areas!)
31% of the population does not have access to a sewage system (31% in rural areas)
65% do not have access to a telephone
8% have internet access
Average per capita income of US$ 5,800 (purchasing power parity)
31% of the population is below the national poverty line
32% of the population lives on less than US$ 2/day (compare with the line above to get an idea of what is considered poverty locally)
(these statistics come from the United Nations, World Bank and a few other sources I consider reliable)
As you say, it is different. I agree. Better or worse? To say that Venezuela is a third world country is not a negative classification, but rather an analisys of social and economic indicators.
A country can have modern cities and industries but still be a third world country.
It is even harder to say if a country is developed or not based on a visit to a single location (I am not sure if that is your case, but you mention Valencia several times, but no other cities), since you cannot get an over all over impression of the country.
Lady Disdain, I agree with you. I have traveled thru most of my country and I talked specifically about Valencia because that was the city mentioned on the initial posting. Some of your statistics are accurate, some are not, but I don't think that being considered a third world country is bad. And we are definitely different from the States and Europe, it is just the way it is!!!!