Each country in the world is unique in its own way; Australia is no exception to this rule. In fact, you may be very surprised to learn that Australia is actually a very interesting country. There are many interesting Australia facts that are unknown to even some of the people who have lived in the country for years.
Australia is one of the most popular emigration destinations in the world. People from all different countries choose Australia as their number one choice for emigration purposes. Not only is Australia clean, beautiful, safe and secure, but it is also is an extremely interesting country to learn about.
Here are some interesting Australia facts
The size of Australia
In terms of Australia facts, you may be interested to know that Australia is the world’s 6th largest country by area. Australia occupies an entire continent of around 7.6 million square kilometers. The largest cities in Australia are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. The outback of Australia covers most of the land.
Languages in Australia
Over 200 different languages and dialects are spoken in Australia including 45 Indigenous languages. The most common non-English spoken languages are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin.
The economy in Australia
In 2014, Australia had the world’s 12th largest economy. It also had the world’s 5th highest per capita income.
Animals in Australia
One of the most interesting Australia facts to know is that there are more kangaroos in Australia than there are people. When it comes to reptiles Australia has over 750 different reptile species, more than any other country in the world.
Kangaroos and emus cannot walk backward, one of the reasons that they’re on the Australian coat of arms. Speaking of the coat of arms, you may be fascinated to learn that Australia is one of the only countries which eat their animals on the coat of arms.
We have all heard about the amazing beaches in Australia, but what we may not know is that Australia has over 10,000 beautiful beaches. This means that you could literally visit a new beach every single day of the year for over 27 years.
The Human Development Index
Australia is ranked second on the Human Development Index (based on life expectancy, income and education).
The largest-ever victory in an international football match was when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in 2001.
The Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House ended up costing 120 million to build. The Opera House was constructed by about 10,000 workers and was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20th October, 1973. It is identified as one of the 20th century’s most distinctive buildings in the world.
Australia is an island
Australia is an island. In fact, it is the biggest island in the world. Apart from being an island, it is also a continent, but it is the smallest of all the continents in the world.
Plants in Australia
Australia has lots and lots of plants. In fact Australia has more than 27,000 known species of plants across the country. This amount includes living fossils.
A total of over 70 percent of the Australian mainland is classified as semi-arid, arid or desert; making it the driest inhabited continent on Earth. Antarctica is the only place which is drier than Australia and that is a real Australian fact.