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Australian Ethnic & Religious Diversity
An Exotic Blend of Nationalities!
Our native Australians - Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders - have inhabited the continent for the past 60,000 years. In the late 18th century Australia was colonised by the British. By World War II the population of 7 million comprised mainly of Northern Europeans. In the mid-forties, a migration program was established.
Since then, over 6 million migrants from more than 200 countries, including Greece, Italy, China and Vietnam now call Australia home. Of the current population which exceeds 21 million, about 25 per cent were born overseas. More than one third have either one or both parents born outside the country.
While English is the predominant language in Australia, some 200 other languages are spoken, including Italian, Greek, Arabic, Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese.
This plethora of ethnic groups embraces many different religious beliefs. While Australia is regarded as a Christian country all other religions are respected and represented via churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other places of worship.
A delicious benefit of such a multicultural mix is the access to a vast array of cuisines. In the major cities, you do not have to venture far (or spend much) to experience sumptuous Vietnamese, Italian, Sri Lankan, French, Japanese or Lebanese fare, among countless others.
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