Australia - Statistics & Facts

Australia - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and facts on Australia

With an area of approximately 7.7 million square kilometres, Australia is the sixth –largest country in the world. In comparison to its size, the total population of Australia is rather small in numbers, amounting to only 23 million inhabitants in 2013 and estimated to increase by approximately 2 million until 2020. Australia’s biggest city is Sydney, followed by Melbourne and Brisbane. Since almost 90 percent of the population live in cities, Australia is among the countries with the highest degree of urbanization. Australia has a high standard of living: In 2012, it ranked second on the Human Development Index, and its life expectancy is one of the highest worldwide with 81.9 years.

Among the biggest economies worldwide, Australia ranks 12th, with a gross domestic product (GDP) of approximately 1.4 trillion U.S. dollars in 2014. Its GDP per capita thus amounted to approximately 61,220 U.S. dollars the same year. Australia’s economic growth amounted to 2.71 percent in 2014, and is exstimated to increase further after a slump the previous year. The country's unemployment rate is expected to decline at the same time.

In 2014, Australia exported goods worth about 240 billion U.S. dollars, and imported goods worth approximately 237 billion U.S.dollars. Its most important trade partner for import and export is China.

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