Visualizing change in GDP per capita from 1909 to 2018

100 (almost) years of economic growth

In the early 1900s the list of the most developed countries was different to what we had at the beginning of the 21st century. Before World War I, Argentina had GDP per capita higher than many European countries. 100 years after it's far behind Western Europe. In contrast, countries such as Norway, Singapore, Japan and Taiwan have closed the gap and risen to the top.

Data source: GDP Per Capita ($ in 2011 prices) from Maddison Project Database 2020

GDP Per Capita in 1909 (ordered by) and in 2018
$0k $20k $40k $60k $80k U.S.AustraliaSwitzerlandNew ZealandUKBelgiumCanadaArgentinaNetherlandsDenmarkAustriaGermanyFranceUruguayChileSwedenItalyNorwayFinlandSpainPanamaGreeceSingaporeSouth AfricaJapanMexicoCubaFormer USSRPortugalSri LankaVenezuelaBoliviaPeruEcuadorTaiwanPhilippinesIndonesiaColombiaIndiaBrazilMalaysiaChinaMyanmarRomaniaNorwaySingaporeSwitzerlandU.S.AustraliaNetherlandsDenmarkGermanySwedenCanadaTaiwanAustriaBelgiumFinlandJapanFranceUKNew ZealandItalySpainPortugalMalaysiaGreecePanamaChileUruguayRomaniaFormer USSRArgentinaMexicoBrazilColombiaChinaPeruSouth AfricaIndonesiaSri LankaVenezuelaEcuadorCubaPhilippinesIndiaBoliviaMyanmar