a country that has reached a stage of economic development characterised by the growth of industrialisation. In developed countries, the amount of money made by the population (national income) is enough to pay for schools, hospitals and other services. Population growth in developed countries is usually slower than in developing countries (see below).
This is a term used to refer to relatively wealthy and technologically advanced countries in which most people have high life expectancies, access to education and a Gross National Income per capita or more than US$9,266 in 2000 (according to the World Bank). Source: CIDA