200 Countries & 200 Years in 4 Minutes, Presented by Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling, a professor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, focuses on ‘dispelling common myths about the so-called developing world’ (as his TED bio well notes). And he has established a reputation for presenting data in extremely imaginative ways. Just watch the video above, an outtake from the BBC show “The Joy of Stats”). In four minutes, Rosling visually traces the health of 200 countries over 200 years, using 120,000 data points, and we end up with a little reason for optimism. Great stuff… Thanks to @Sheerly for flagging this.


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  1. Ara says . . . | December 4, 2010 / 7:02 pm

    Videos like these are the reason I visit Open Culture. Thanks!

  2. Natalia says . . . | December 4, 2010 / 9:14 pm

    Great visual information and very inspiring video!

  3. John says . . . | December 5, 2010 / 3:56 pm

    It is a great way to communicate numbers.

    If you like the video, you might want to check out this: http://www.gapminder.org/

    Edward Tufte also explores a ton of data visualization.

  4. Julie says . . . | December 9, 2010 / 3:22 am

    This was a great representation with a truly gifted teacher who is able to make big ideas simple. I shared it. I especially enjoyed the message that one day we will all end up in the health and wealth corner.



  5. aditya says . . . | January 8, 2011 / 7:28 pm

    notice how China’s life expectancy drops greatly during Mao’s reign with the ‘Great Leap Forward’. What an irony

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