Australia is the world’s sixth-largest country, with about 25 million inhabitants spread over a massive landmass of 3 million square miles. Home to beaches and deserts, kangaroos, the Outback, the Sydney Opera House, and the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground, the land Down Under offers its residents a charming mix of natural beauty and a cosmopolitan living environment. As one of the world’s most urbanized and multicultural countries, Australia offers potential expats an excellent life quality.
Australia is truly unique — it is the only country in the world that covers an entire continent and it is also the largest island in the world. Australia’s population currently stands at approximately 23 million people, with about a quarter of the population born overseas.
Australia’s vibrant multiculturalism stems from a combination of Indigenous cultures, early European settlement and mass immigration. Australia is proud of the diversity of its people and enjoys the variety of different cultures and foods that this provides. Australia is also a secular country, meaning that there is no official religion. Each capital city has places of worship for religions from around the world. Australians value freedom, diversity, equality and peacefulness.
The official Australian flag was designed in 1901 when Australia’s six colonies became a federation. The Union Jack represents Australia’s links to England. The large seven-pointed star represents the states and territories. The five stars on the right represent the Southern Cross constellation, which you can see in the Australian night sky. The Indigenous Australian flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag are also officially recognised as flags of Australia.