In land area, Australia is the sixth largest nation after Russia, Canada, China, the United States of America and Brazil. It has, however, a relatively small population.
Australia is the only nation to govern an entire continent and its outlying islands. The mainland is the largest island and the smallest, flattest continent on Earth. It lies between 10° and 39° South latitude.
The Australian federation consists of six States and two Territories. The largest State, Western Australia, is about the same size as Western Europe.
There are eight capital cities in Australia, all of which function at a sub-national level. Canberra is the national capital. Other states are Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Sydney.
(Total): 7,686,850 SQ KM
Although Australia has no official language, it is largely monolingual with English being the de facto.
There is no state religion in Australia, the establishment of which is prohibited by the Constitution. The remaining population is Islamic and Buddhist communities.
1 Australian dollar = 0.7474 U.S. dollars.
Immigration is an important feature of Australian society. The federal government sets immigration intake numbers on a yearly basis. Australia’s immigration policies are non-discriminatory and all applicants to migrate must meet the same selection criteria.
It consists of a total of 12 years. Primary schools and high schools are based on the age of the student, so that every room has the same age group, with a student hardly having to repeat a year. The majority of the children start in the primary school with the age of 5 years (year 1) and the child studies in the primary school until they are around 12 years old (year 7).
Australia’s system of education is of the highest standard and enjoys international renown. Australia is widely recognized as a world leader in the field of international education and English language training.
More than 400,000 students from around 200 countries receive an Australian education each year. Courses are offered both in Australia and offshore. In addition to long-term courses, many institutions also offer programs that assist international students in their learning, such as ‘foundation studies’ and English-language courses. Significant numbers of students come to Australia from China, India, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, and Indonesia.