Australia

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General Facts
Official Name: Commonwealth of Australia
Nickname: Down Under
Population: 21 million
Capital: Canberra
Largest cities: Sidney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth
Australia’s six states: Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland, New Soth Wales, Victoria

Australia is the world’s sixth largest country and its largest island. It is the only island which is a country and a continent. Australia has a population of 21 million people and the capital is Canberra. Australia has six states, two mainland territories, and other minor territories.
The national language in Australia is English. The first European settlers came from London, the Midlands and Ireland. One of the first Englishmen, who came to Australia, demanded that the country was a part of England. Australia was a British colony and the large island became a place for British prisoners. When a large amount of gold was found, was when the immigrants started to move to the country, and shortly after Australia became independent. Their accents, especially Cockney, had influenced the pronunciation of modern day Australian English. Most Australians speak a variety fairly close to British English. Words like now and sown are pronounced with a distinct nasal quality. Even though the official language is English, there are other different languages like aborigines language and a lot of European, Asian and Arab language.

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Australia is the home of the largest living thing on earth, the Great Barrier Reef, and the largest monolith, Ayers Rock. . The animal
wildlife is extremely tough, and consists of dangerous crocodiles, sharks and jellyfish. The country has more things that will kill you than anywhere else in the world. This is because of the high number of poisonous animals and bugs. Of the world’s ten most poisonous snakes, all of them are in Australia.


reef.jpgIn shout, there is no place in the world like Australia. The country is the driest, flattest, hottest, most desiccated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents. Because of the huge areas of dry grass and plants many of them are adapted to fire and drought. This is often a problem at the summertime in Australia. Australia is the second driest continent, and frequent droughts have led to the introduction of water restrictions in all parts of Australia. This has led to concern about water security in Australia by environmentalists, irrigators and state and federal governments.
Australia is a very special place. Everyone should have the pleasure at least once in their lifetime to see the nature, the coast, and really experience the Australia country.

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