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AUSTRALIAN FACTS AND FIGURES

Comparing the Size of Countries

While Australia is the sixth largest country, it is only about 5% of the total world's land area. Australia is also the smallest continental land mass (or largest island).

Australia's population is quite small compared to the land size. The UK has 248.25 persons per 1 km2, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per 1 km2.
 

Country Area in km2 Arable Land * Population ** # of People per km2
1. Russia 17,075,200 7.17 % 141,377,752 8.28
2. Canada 9,984,670 4.57 % 33,390,141 3.34
3. USA 9,629,091 18.01 % 301,139,947 31.27
4. China 9,596,960 14.86 % 1,321,851,888 137.74
5. Brazil 8,511,965 6.93 % 190,010,647 22.32
6. Australia 7,686,850 6.15 % 20,434,176 2.66
A selection of other countries to compare
India 3,287,590 48.83 % 1,129,866,154 343.68
Mexico 1,972,550 12.66 % 108,700,891 55.11
Egypt 1,001,450 2.92 % 80,335,036 80.22
France 547,030 33.46 % 64,057,790 117.10
Spain 504,782 27.18 % 40,448,191 80.13
Japan 377,835 11.64 % 127,433,494 337.28
Germany 357,021 33.13 % 82,400,996 230.80
Italy 301,230 26.41 % 58,147,733 190.03
New Zealand 268,680 5.54 % 4,115,771 15.32
United Kingdom 244,820 23.23 % 60,776,238 248.25

 * Arable land is land cultivated for crops replanted after each harvest like wheat, corn, and rice.
** Estimated for 2007

NOTE: We did not include the Antarctic territory in the Australian figures for total size because Australia's claim has not been recognized by the world.

There are 7 nations (Argentina, Australia, Britain, Chile, France, New Zealand, and Norway) who have claimed land in the Antarctic with some claims overlapping. The Antarctic Treaty of 1961 does not allow any single country to control any part of Antarctica and has put all territorial claims on hold for the duration of the treaty. Until all the land claims are resolved, no one actually owns Antarctica right now so no one includes Antarctica in their country's total land size.

More Information

  1. Australian Antarctic Division - Australian Government site

Statistics are from the CIA World Factbook and other sources. Visit their website for more complete information.

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