ASIA-PACIFIC - Australia
Total Population (million): 21.0172
Annual growth rate: 0.9397444%
Urban population: 88.38%
Ethnic Origins: Australia today is a multicultural nation with more
than 170 different nationalities whose diversity is continually
Official Language: The lingua franca of Australia is English.
English is also the common language in different sectors such as the
legislature, justice, administrative services, work, correspondence.
Other languages spoken: In Australia minority groups use more than
200 languages including the Aborigine languages and immigrant
languages (Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Lebanese, Vietnamese,Turkish,
Business language: English
Religion: Anglicans 20%; Catholics 25%; Other Protestant Christians
20%; Buddhists 1.9%; Muslims 1.5%.
A declining majority of people (58% according to certain surveys)
say they are Christians. Most Protestant Churches, except the
Anglican Church, have merged to form the Uniting Church; the
Catholic Church has a large number of believers. There are also
non-Christian minorities. 20% of the population say they are
non-believers. The Aborigines do not have a religion strictly
speaking, their entire culture is based on religion.
Area: 7741220 kmÂ²
Type of State: Commonwealth of Australia. Federal State of 6 States
and 2 Territories based on a parliamentary democracy.
Type of economy: High-income economy, OECD member
Services are dominant in the economy; abundant natural resources;
greatest number of national parks and natural reserves in the world.
To call from Australia, dial 0011
To call in Australia, dial 61
Internet suffix: .au
Telephone lines: 47.29
Internet users: 72.79
Access to electricity: n.c.