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Interesting Facts About Australia

Australia (officially the Commonwealth of Australia) is a country in the Southern Hemisphere. Here are some interesting facts about Australia.

  • Australia is the sixth largest country by total area. However, the population is relatively small. Only 21.7 million people live in Australia.
  • 60% of the population is concentrated in five capital cities- Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.
  • Australia was originally called ‘New South Wales’.
  • Australia is well known for its strong international sporting teams. Australians have very strong teams in cricket, hockey, netball, rugby league, rugby union, cycling, rowing and swimming.
  • The most popular sports in Australia are Australian Rules Football, rugby league and soccer (football).
  • Well known Australian actors include Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackson, Heath Ledger, Russell Crowe, Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts and Cate Blanchett.
  • Sydney is the most populous city in Australia.
  • Almost 800,000 Australians live outside Australia.
  • English is the most spoken language in Australia. It is the only language spoken in over 80% of Australian homes.
  • In the 2006 census, 64% of the population were listed as ‘Christian’. However, weekly attendance in church services is very low. Only 7.5% of the population attend church services weekly.
  • Australia largest export markets are Japan, China, the United States, South Korea and New Zealand.
  • Australia has 755 species of reptiles.
  • Australia’s carbon dioxide emissions per person is one of the highest in the world.
  • The armed forces of Australia- the Australian Defence Force (ADF)- consists of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).
  • Australia is one of the founding members of the United Nations.
  • There are six states and two territories in Australia. Each state and territory has its own parliament that makes laws.
  • Voting in elections is compulsory for all Australians that are 18 years or older.
  • The High Court of Australia is the highest court in Australia.
  • The official currency is the Australian dollar.
  • There are about 500,000 indigenous Australians (also called Aboriginals) living in Australia.

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(3) Comments

  1. i want to be a pilot in future and i want to fly from Ghana to
    Australia i have heard that it is a cool place so i would
    like to be there

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