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Global Information: Rich & Poor
In order to define the gap between rich and poor throughout the world we must take a look at a country's gross domestic product per head, that is what somebody would get if a country's total annual income were to be split equally for all. Regions where people earn over US$15,000 per head include North America, Western Europe and Scandinavia, Japan and Australia. 

The country with the highest GDP is the USA with a GDP of over US$7.8 billion, although Switzerland has the highest GDP per person at over US$44,000. The Poorest country defined by GDP per head is Myanmar at US$100. The majority of the African continent has a GDP of around US$1000 to US$5000 per head. There is something known as the 'north/south divide' and it is the explanation of wealth distribution between the northern and southern hemispheres. 

It is said that the majority of the world's richer countries are located within the northern hemisphere and that the poorer countries are found in the south. 1 billion people live in extreme poverty, living in shanty towns with poor water supplies and inadequate drainage. About a half a billion people are starving in this world.
 

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