Ranking the Ten Poorest Countries over the course of a Decade

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1. In 2003: Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

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With a GDPPC (Gross Domestic Product per Capita) of just $500, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste had the distinction of being the poorest country on the globe. In the rest of the world that year, Malta was seen to join the European Union, the Iraq War began, and the world was put on alert for a SARS epidemic. Here is a list of the ten poorest countries in 2003, in ascending order:
Afghanistan – GDPPC of $700
Republic of Malawi – GDPPC of $670
Tanzania – GDPPC of $630
Democratic Republic of Congo – GDPPC of $610
Burundi – GDPPC of $600
Mayotte – GDPPC of $600
Gaza Strip – GDPPC of $600
Sierra Leone – GDPPC of $580
Somalia – GDPPC of $550
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste – GDPPC $500


2. In 2004: Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste

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For a second year in a row, the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste was ranked the poorest country in the world, with the same GDPPC of $500 that it had in 2003. It was also the year that saw the launch of Facebook, and the expansion of the European Union to include 10 new member states. Here is a list of the ten poorest countries in 2004, in ascending order:
Ethiopia – GDPPC of $700
Eritrea – GDPPC of $700
Republic of Malawi – GDPPC of $600
Tanzania – GDPPC of $600
Burundi – GDPPC of $600
Democratic Republic of Congo – GDPPC of $600
Gaza Strip – GDPPC of $600
Sierra Leone – GDPPPC of $500
Somalia – GDPPC of $500
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste – GDPPC of $500

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