Australia Destination Guide & Country Overview

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Updated: 2018-05-04.

Commonwealth of Australia

Australia is a country in the Oceania domain that is made up of its namesake island/continent of Australia, the island of Tasmania, and several other islands. Australia is home to 10% of the world’s biodiversity, and a great number of its flora and fauna exist nowhere else in the world.

In recent decades, Australia has become an internationally competitive, advanced market economy due in large part to economic reforms adopted in the 1980s and its location in one of the fastest growing regions of the world economy. Long-term concerns include an aging population, pressure on infrastructure, and environmental issues such as floods, droughts, and bushfires. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on earth, making it particularly vulnerable to the challenges of climate change. [see “disclosure” elsewhere on this page]

On 20 March 2017, the United Nations declared their “International Day of Happiness” and released a related “World Happiness Report” rating countries from happiest to saddest. Australia came in at #10!

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