The Commonwealth of Australia, comprised of the Australian continent, Tazmania, and surrounding islands, is the world’s 6th largest country in total area, but has a population of only 23 million. With one of the world’s highest urbanization rates, close to 85% of the Australian population resides in cities, mostly on the Eastern coast.
Australia does not have an official language, although English is most widely considered the national language. Australians use a mix of British and American grammar and spelling, as well as a host of unique idiomatic phrases and lexicon.
Australia is a democratic federal state system that recognizes the British monarch as the chief of state. It is, however, an independent nation, and does not consider itself a constitutional monarchy.
There is no state religion in Australia and the imposition of any religious holidays by the is strictly prohibited. About 60% of Australians identify as Christian and 22% reported no religion.
The currency is the Australia dollar.