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In an appendix to the CIA's World Factbook, there is an entry identifying developed countries (DCs).[1][2]

The CIA notes that the Developed Countries form

the top group in the hierarchy of developed countries (DCs), former USSR/Eastern Europe (former USSR/EE), and less developed countries (LDCs);[1]

The CIA argues that this list

includes the market-oriented economies of the mainly democratic nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).[1]

However, ten new countries have joined the OECD since this list was created in the early 1990s: Mexico (1994), the Czech Republic (1995), South Korea (1996), Hungary (1996), Poland (1996), Slovakia (2000), Chile (2010), Estonia (2010), Slovenia (2010) and Israel (2010).

The CIA adds;

Bermuda, Israel, South Africa, and the European ministates[1]

to the list, alongside the OECD members. The criteria for including these states are not mentioned.

The CIA argues that the countries in its list are;

also known as the First World, high-income countries, the North, industrial countries;[1]

The CIA notes that these countries;

generally have a per capita GDP in excess of $15,000; although four OECD countries and South Africa have figures well under $15,000; and eight of the excluded OPEC countries have figures of more than $20,000.[1]

These descriptions are based on 2010 GDP per capita figures. As of 2011, five members of the OECD have a GDP per capita of less than $15,000 in nominal terms (Chile, Hungary, Poland, Turkey and Mexico) and only four OPEC countries have a GDP per capita that is higher than $20,000 (Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia).

The CIA notes that the 34 Developed Countries (DCs) are as follows:[1]

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The CIA concludes its definition with the note that this list is;

similar to the new International Monetary Fund (IMF) term "advanced economies" that adds Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan; but drops Malta, Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey.[1]

This description is based on an old version of the IMF's list and also erroneously implies that Mexico is on the CIA's Developed Country (DC) list.

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