Kids around the world reveal their favorite toy

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If you live in a place where people get X-Box Ones for Christmas, then spare a thought for the other 5 billion people on earth.

Dollar Street, a new project from the Gapminder Foundation, lets you see favorite toys and other personal items in homes around the world. A few observations:

-In a Haitian home living on $39 per month per adult, a boy’s favorite toy is an old tennis ball. About 15% of the world lives at that level or poorer.

-In a Romanian home living on $163 per month per adult, a girl’s favorite toy is a broken plastic doll. Around 40% of the world lives at that level or poorer.

-You won’t see many new game consoles in homes earning less than $1,500 per month per adult-the top 20% of homes.

Dollar Street is at once a visualization of inequality and a reminder of how much we have in common, including how kids everywhere like toys.

“It’s striking to see how similar our lives are,” Gapminder co-founder Anna Rosling Rönnlund said. “It makes the world less scary to see that most people struggle with everyday business most of the time and they are not so exotic and it’s not so scary.”


In an Indian home living on $29/month per adult, the favorite toy is a plastic bottle.

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In a Burundian home living on $29/month per adult, the favorite toy is dried maize.

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In a Zimbabwean home living on $34/month per adult, the favorite toy is a home-made ball.

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In a Haitian home living on $39/month per adult, the favorite toy is a tennis ball.

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In a Zimbabwean home living on $41/month per adult, the favorite toy is an old toy car.

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In a Burkinabe home living on $45/month per adult, the favorite toy is a broken plastic doll.

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In a Burkinabe home living on $54/month per adult, the favorite toy is a tire.

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In an Indian home living on $65/month per adult, the favorite toy is a home-made cricket bat.

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In an Indian home living on $80/month per adult, the favorite toy is a broken plastic doll.

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In a Filipino home living on $98/month per adult, the favorite toys are action figures.

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In a Palestinian home living on $112/month per adult, the favorite toy is a plastic bottle.

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In a Colombian home living on $123/month per adult, the favorite toy is a soccer ball.

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In a Nigerian home living on $124/month per adult, the favorite toys are wooden poles.

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In a Colombian home living on $145/month per adult, the favorite toy is a plastic ball.

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In a Colombian home living on $163/month per adult, the favorite toy is a cat.

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In a Filipino home living on $170/month per adult, the favorite toy is a plastic doll.

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In a Tunisian home living on $176/month per adult, the favorite toy is a teddy bear.

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In a Tunisian home living on $218/month per adult, the favorite toy is a scooter.

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In an Indian home living on $245/month per adult, the favorite toy is a toy truck.

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In a Jordanian home living on $249/month per adult, the favorite toy is a stuffed animal.

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In a Rwandan home living on $251/month per adult, the favorite toy is a stick.

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In a Bolivian home living on $254/month per adult, the favorite toy is a soccer ball.

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In a Bolivian home living on $265/month per adult, the favorite toy is a toy truck.

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In a Cambodian home living on $463/month per adult, the favorite toy is a puppy.

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In a Ukrainian home living on $476/month per adult, the favorite toy is a cell phone.

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In a Latvian home living on $480/month per adult, the favorite toy is a stuffed animal.

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In a Jordanian home living on $583/month per adult, the favorite toy is a table computer.

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In a Ukrainian home living on $694/month per adult, the favorite toy is a Lego figurine.

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In a Mexican home living on $1,093/month per adult, the favorite toy is an electric guitar.

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In a Swedish home living on $2,223/month per adult, the favorite toys are plastic dolls

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In a Chinese home living on $2,235/month per adult, the favorite toy is a military tank model.

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In a Kenyan home living on $3,268/month per adult, the favorite toy is a tablet computer.

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In a Nepalese home living on $3,829/month per adult, the favorite toy is a teddy bear.

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In an American home living on $4,650/month per adult, the favorite toy is baseball gear.

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In a Swedish home living on $4,883/month per adult, the favorite toy is a Lego set.

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In a Jordanian home living on $7,433/month per adult, the favorite toy is a large stuffed animal.

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In a Latvian home living on $11,381/month per adult, the favorite toy is a stuffed animal.

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In case you were wondering, here’s a look at world population by income. It’s a continuous scale — not a clear divide between the haves and the have-nots — with most people in the middle.

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Income is rising everywhere and has been for the past 200 years. Here’s Hans Rosling’s famous presentation on that trend.


Inequality is a problem, but progress is real.

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