About Australia
Common wealth of Australia (Australia; abbreviation: AU or AUS) is the world’s sixth largest country in area, including Australian mainland, Tasmania and a number of overseas islands. The land area is equivalent to 4/5 of China. It has a population of about 24 million, which is equivalent to the total population of Shanghai, China.

Australia, the most economically developed country in the Southern Hemisphere, is the world’s 12th largest economy. In 2013, Australia’s GDP was about 1.5 trillion US dollars, accounting for about 1/7 of China’s GDP. Per capita GDP ranks as the fifth in the world. Australia has the highest median value of wealth ranked by Credit Suisse Group. Australia, called as “the country riding on the sheep’s back, sitting on the tub with the handheld wheat”, is one of major exporters of mineral resources and agricultural products. Australia's financial sector, commerce and services are also very well developed. Furthermore, its tourism industry is also among the best on the planet.

The word “Australia” is derived from the Latin, meaning “Terra Australis Incognita”. It has a diverse natural landscapes, including tropical zone rainforest, desert (with another name of “red center”), seaside which has attracted many visitors, and the well-known natural heritages such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Uluru. Australia possesses the most world natural heritages. 

 
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