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Australia - Fast Facts
The country of Australia consists of six States and two Territories. The largest State, Western Australia, is about the same size as Western Europe. The mainland is the largest island and the smallest & flattest continent on Earth, and the sixth largest country in land area, after Russia, Canada, China, USA and Brazil.
|Location:||The continent between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean|
|Geography:||World's smallest continent and sixth-largest country|
|Area:||7,686,850 sq km (total)|
|Climate:||Generally arid to semi-arid; temperate in the south and east; tropical in the north|
|Terrain:||Mostly low plateau with deserts; fertile plain in the south east|
|Natural resources:||bauxite, coal, iron ore, copper, tin, gold, silver, uranium, nickel, tungsten, mineral sands, lead, zinc, diamonds, natural gas, petroleum|
|Population:||21 million; mainly concentrated along the eastern and southeastern coast|
|Median age:||36 years|
|Birth rate:||12.55 births/1,000 population|
|Net migration rate:||4.05 migrants/1,000 population|
|Ethnic groups:||Caucasian 92%|
|Aboriginal and Other 1%|
|Other Christian 24.3%|
|GDP:||Approx $1 trillion - the worlds 13th largest economy overall and the 10th largest industrialised economy|
|Biodiversity:||Australia has 10 per cent of the world's biodiversity and a great number of its native plants, animals and birds which exist nowhere else in the world|
|Languages:||English, native languages|
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