Poverty in India and Italy

Today, during Tea time one of my Italian colleague made a comment that left me uneasy. At some point in our conversation my colleague said poor countries like India and Africa… I know that there are many poor people in India but i never thought of India as a poor country. I also remember Oprah Windfrey (on the Letterman Show) citing Africa and India as poor countries.
Today i googled for poverty-statistics and here are the results for percentage of people below poverty line in :
Italy: 13 % (2008)
India: 22 % (2007)
Africa: 40 % (2000)
It was suprising that 13% of Italy was below poverty line. However, it should be noted that Africa is continent while the other two are countries. And also that the definition of poverty line may change the numbers significantly.

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