Many have been brought up by affiliating the term "third world country" with countries that suffer greatly from poverty and a poor economy. When you use this term on a developing country, usually you are correct, however, it is not as accurate as referring to it as calling it a developing country. Not all third world countries are suffering greatly from poverty, although they do, most likely, still have a corrupt government. First world vs third world has more to do with being aligned or nonaligned with a World Power. For example, Saudi Arabia is a third world country. Is it impoverished and suffering tremendously from disease and poor governments that fail to provide to schools, welfare, and other needs for the general population? No, so why do we call it third world? Despite its affluence, Saudi Arabia is "nonaligned" with a world power, such as the U.S. The U.S. (nor any other world power) is associated with Saudi Arabia. More examples of these nonaligned countries include Colombia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, a majority of African countries, the entirety of the Middle East, North Korea, Mongolia, and India. To sum this up, third world is a term used more so for countries not affiliated or allied with a world power. This does not necessarily mean the country is suffering from poverty and underdeveloped, but has to do more with "alignment". "Developing country" is a more accurate term to use hen describing impoverished countries, despite most of these countries ARE third world. "Developing" is simply more accurate.