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Commonwealth of Australia

Location: Oceania, continent between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean

Area: 7,686,850 sq km

Climate: generally arid to semiarid; temperate in south and east; tropical in north

Terrain: mostly low plateau with deserts; fertile plain in southeast

Population: 18,783,551 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Anglican 26.1%, Roman Catholic 26%, other Christian 24.3%, non-Christian 11%

Languages: English, native languages

Capital: Canberra

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