Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes: they never taught history this way when I was in school. If you’re not familiar with Hans Rosling, you’re in for a treat.

In this engrossing edition of “The Joy of Stats,” Dr. Rosling tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes. Hans Rosling’s justly famous lectures combine vast amounts of data in a visual way that makes the information very accessible.

If you’re interested in how your various family lines progressed over time, you’ll enjoy this video. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Dr. Rosling illustrates how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine. This is a fascinating demonstration of social and economic history in the various countries of the world and how things have changed and progressed over time.

More about this program: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wgq0l

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”


  1. Betsy Shafer 23 July 2013 at 5:49 PM

    My daughter, a much younger and hipper version of me (sorta), is the one who likes it (well, so do i . . . ). I just signed on to follow you again . . . alas the name ‘Sassy Jane’ confuses me . . . i get emails from you and decide i should block them . .. thinking you are . . . well, seeking some kind of communication an old lady in Cupertino is not likely to be involved in . . the racy type that leads to . . . i dunno . . . cash gifts sent via couriers? (and i’ve even met you . . . you visited Marcia’s class in San Jose, in which i was a class member . . so impressed by your presentation . . . ) – b (trying to keep track of who ‘Sassy Jane is,’ now)

    • Nancy Loe 24 July 2013 at 9:47 AM

      I remember you, Betsy. That’s a wonderful group you have with Marcia. Sassy Jane Genealogy is just the name of my business. It comes from an ad for Sassy Jane Rayon Frocks from the 1920s. The flapper girls in the ad are all around my website and on the main page: sassyjanegenealogy.com. Very innocent!

  2. Betsy Shafer 23 July 2013 at 5:16 PM

    From my daughter, who studied and got her degree in sociology some time ago: This video is wonderful. I realized recently that I really am a sociologist at heart. I am most interested in the “why” of human behavior–not as much in fixing the problems. I am always drawn to facts about society because they are interesting. Thank you for sharing. I will look this fellow up on YouTube.

    • Nancy Loe 23 July 2013 at 5:28 PM

      I’m so glad you like it, Betsy. Rosling has lots of other visual data sets up on YouTube. Love them.

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