Australia Facts

Australia Facts

Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is an Oceanian country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world's sixth-largest country by total area and is famous for kangaroos, koala bears and very hot weather. See the fact file below for more information about Australia.

Capital
Canberra

Population
19,357,594 (July 2001 est.)

Area
Total 7,686,850 sq km (slightly smaller than the contiguous 48 US States)

Location
Australia is located in southern hemisphere between the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean
The country called Australia is on a continent which is also called Australia

Government
Democratic, federal-state system recognizing the British monarch as sovereign
Official name is Commonwealth of Australia Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of Australia

Money
Australian Dollar (AUD)

Climate
Generally arid to semiarid

Languages
English and native languages

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