Is it any surprise to you that the richest parts of the world in BLUE are also the most heavily indebted parts of the world and in the midst of sovereign debt crisis? Japan, western Europe and yes you got it….good ole USA. I’ll drill down into the individual countries at a later date but nonetheless wealth at the cost of debt can’t last forever. You have to pay people back. If these countries were corporations, they would all be high yield/junk.

The map shows population density; the brightest points are the highest densities. Each country is colored according to its average annual gross national income per capita, using categories established by the World Bank (see key below). Some nations— like economic powerhouses China and India—have an especially wide range of incomes. But as the two most populous countries, both are lower middle class when income is averaged per capita.

Income Distribution Across the World’s 7Billion