Dialing code : 61
GDP : US$ 1.372 trillion (2011) World Bank
Population : 22,620,600 (2011) World Bank
National anthem : Advance Australia Fair
Currency : AUD $
Sometimes we may appear cold because of our “private nature” which has been imported over the past 2 decades, but it just takes time to “break the ice” and everything goes well. Australians tend to follow each other a bit, like sheep on a hill. This happens because of the stability of Australian Institutions and the strong economy. In reality, Australia is considered one of the most competitive nations on Earth.
An outdoor lifestyle and love of sports punctuates Australian life. With more than 80 per cent of Australians living within 50 km of the coast, urban and secluded beaches are popular for leisure and holiday activities. The most popular watched sport in Australia is Australian Rules Football, with rugby, cricket, tennis, swimming and surfing and yachting. Australia has a large multicultural population: approximately 23 per cent of the population is foreign born and almost 40 per cent are of mixed cultural origins. With such a mixture of people, you’ll find a rich cultural scene along with a number of literature, arts and crafts, music, theatre and dance festivals celebrating indigenous, colonial and other cultures. Various ethnic groups have contributed to the richness of Australia’s cuisine, from Greek to Vietnamese and Cantonese to Indian.
The climate of Australia varies widely, but by far the largest part of Australia is desert or semi-arid – 40% of the landmass is covered by sand dunes. The south-east and south-west corners have a temperate climate and moderately fertile soil. The northern part of the country has a tropical climate, varied between tropical rainforests, grasslands, part desert. In Australia, snow can fall in the mountains of Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Tasmania
The economy of Australia is one of the most developed, modern market economies in the world, The Australian economy is dominated by its service sector and economic growth is largely dependent on the mining sector. Much of the economic growth in Australia is attributed to areas of the country where mining- and resource-based industries and services are mostly located.