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How Does Income Relate to Life Expectancy?
In this short video Professor Hans Rosling shows that people live longer in countries with a high GDP per capita. No high income countries have short life expectancy, and no low income countries have long life expectancy. Still, there is a huge difference in life expectancy between countries on the same income level, depending on how the money is distributed and how it is used.
This data visualization portal, a project of Gapminder, documents the stoves, beds, toilets, toys, and other household objects in homes from every income bracket around the world, as a way of making the everyday lives of families on different income levels understandable. Photographers have documented hundreds of homes in 50 countries so far, and in each home the photographer spends a day taking photos of up to 135 objects. All photos are then tagged by household function, family name, and income level, then entered into the interactive website that allows users to browse by income level, country or region, or specific household object. A “quick tour” introduction to the site is available, and creator Anna Rosling Rönnlund’s engaging TED talk about the project provides insight into how Dollar Street helps us to better understand the world.
Dollar Street is a project of Gapminder, an independent, nonpartisan non-profit foundation based in Sweden, which promotes sustainable global development by increased use and understanding of statistics about social, economic, and environmental development.