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Country Information

Location:  Oceania, continent between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean
Geographic Coordinates:   27 00 S, 133 00 E
Area:   7,741,220 sq km (land: 7,682,300 sq km water: 58,920 sq km)
Climate:  Generally arid to semiarid; temperate in south and east; tropical in north
Languages:  English 76.8%, Mandarin 1.6%, Italian 1.4%, Arabic 1.3%, Greek 1.2%, Cantonese 1.2%, Vietnamese 1.1%, other 10.4%, unspecified 5% (2011 est.)
Population:  22,507,617 (July 2014 est.)
Capital:  Canberra
Religion:  Protestant 28.8% (Anglican 17.1%, Uniting Church 5.0%, Presbyterian and Reformed 2.8%, Baptist, 1.6%, Lutheran 1.2%, Pentecostal 1.1%), Catholic 25.3%, Eastern Orthodox 2.6%, other Christian 4.5%, Buddhist 2.5%, Muslim 2.2%, Hindu 1.3%, other 8.5%, unspecified 2.2%, none 22.3%
Ethnic Groups:  White 92%, Asian 7%, aboriginal and other 1%
Independence:  1 January 1901 (from the federation of UK colonies)

Source:  CIA Factbook