10 Interesting Facts About Australia
The Commonwealth of Australia occupies the Australian continent. The country also includes some islands, most notably Tasmania. Indigenous people occupied the land for at least 40,000 years before the first British settlements of the 18th century. The nation is seen internationally as providing a high quality of life and being rich in its cultural influence.
Here are 10 things to know about the Land Down Under.
A Large Place
States and Territories
The country is divided into six states and two mainland territories: Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia. the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory
The koala bear, Australia’s iconic symbol, is often in need of plenty of rest. Koalas can sleep up more than 20 hours a day.
Quality of Life
Australia has a low poverty rate, and a high standard of living. The country’s gross domestic product reaches $1.542 trillion, making Australia rank 12th in the world by such measures.
Australia is often referred to as the “island continent,” a confusing and inaccurate label. Although close in size to the island of Greenland, Australia is indeed a continent – the smallest in the world.
A Giant Reef
The Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef system in the world, is located off the coast of Australia. It is larger than the Great Wall of China and also the only living thing on the planet that one could see from space.
Land of Reptiles
Australia has about 15 percent of the world’s reptilian population. By some calculations, the continent has around 950 living types of reptiles.
Australia is also one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the world, with linguists estimating that there are about 100 indigenous languages spoken on the continent.
Australia also has more than one time zone – three, to be precise: Australian Eastern Standard, Australian Central Standard, and Australian Western Standard.
Source of the ‘Selfie’
Australia claims to have coined the term “selfie” in 2001, a self-made photo that became popular among social media addicts and prompted the technology industry to change their front camera capacities.
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The 2019 U.S. News Best Countries rankings, formed in partnership with BAV Group, a unit of global marketing communications company VMLY&R, and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, aim to gauge global perceptions of the world’s largest economies.
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