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Australia Facts & Figures

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Land area: 7,617,931 sq km (2,941,283 sq mi)
Total area: 7,686,850 sq km (2,967,893 sq mi)
Population: 21,262,641
Capital: Canberra - 327,700
Largest cities: Sydney - 4,250,100; Melbourne - 3,610,800; Brisbane - 1,545,700; Perth - 1,375,200; Adelaide - 1,087,600
Currency: Australian dollar
Language: English 79% (official), native and other languages
Religion: Roman Catholic 26%, Anglican 21%, other Christian 21%, Buddhist 2%, Islam 2%, other 1%, none 15%
Time zones: AWDT - Australian Western Daylight Time (GMT +9); AWST - Australian Western Standard Time (GMT +8); ACST - Australian Central Standard Time (GMT +9:30); ACDT - Australian Central Daylight Time (GMT +10:30); AEST - Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT +10); AEDT Australian Eastern Daylight Time (GMT +11:30); WCT - Western Central Time (unofficial time zone, GMT +8:45);
Daylight saving time is observed in: New South Wales (NSW), the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Victoria (Vic), South Australia (SA) and Tasmania.
Electricity: AC 240 V, plugs with 2 or 3 flat V-shaped prongs (Australian plug)


Kangaroo Island, Australia
Kangaroo Island, Australia
photo by Tim Parkinson
Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country in the southern hemisphere comprising the continental mainland, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Neighboring countries include Indonesia, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea to the north, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia to the north-east, and New Zealand to the southeast.

Australia is divided into both states and territories (capital cities for each are in parentheses): Australian Capital Territory (Canberra), New South Wales (Sydney), Northern Territory (Darwin), Queensland (Brisbane), South Australia (Adelaide), Tasmania (Hobart), Victoria (Melbourne) and Western Australia (Perth).


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