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Australia Facts and Figures

Australia is an interesting country with a diverse history and natural beauty. As far as countries go, it is the 6th largest in the world. It has a land mass of over 7.5 sq. km. It has the largest coastline in the world as well.

Interesting Facts:

  • As a continent, it has the most unusual flora and fauna – none of which can be found anywhere else in the world. It is the only nation which is also a continent and has a population of 20 million inhabitants. Over 80% of residents live within 80-100 km of the coast – making it one of the most urban coastal areas in the world.
  • As a country of immigrants, one can expect to hear over 200 different dialects and languages spoken here. There are over 40 indigenous languages as well. Australia has the highest percentage of migrants – 25% of citizens were born in another country.
  • Australia has quite a few historic spots – check out the 16 world heritage sites which include historic cities, townships and landscapes.
  • Australia was the second country in the world to give women voting rights as early as 1902.
  • The largest cattle ranch/station in the world is in Australia – Anna Creek Station covers an area of 34000 sq. km and is larger than the country of Belgium
  • In spite of being a sport crazy nation, Australia has the dubious distinction of having 26% of its population rated as obese.
  • Australia is known to be one of the finest wine producing countries in the world.
  • As far as entertainment is concerned, Australia has brought the world actors like Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. TV shows such as MasterChef and My Kitchen Rules became very popular with viewers worldwide. These shows have been spun off and introduced in other countries as well.
  • Melbourne has been chosen as the one of the most liveable cities in the world out of 140 rivals for 2 years in a row.
  • Despite its history as a penal colony, Australia has the lowest homicide rate in the industrialized world.

Australians are proud to claim that their country has a strong cultural identity characterized by friendly people, being down to earth, sportiness and embracing multiculturalism as well.

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