Australia: COUNTRY PROFILE
COUNTRY PROFILE: AUSTRALIA
Formal Name: Commonwealth of Australia.
Short Form: Australia.
Term for Citizen(s): Australian(s).
Major Cities: In order of size, the largest cities in Australia are Sydney (4.2 million), Melbourne (3.6 million), Brisbane (1.7 million), Perth (1.4 million), and Canberra (323,000).
Independence: The British colonies of Australia were federated and the Commonwealth of Australia established on January 1, 1901.
Public Holidays: New Year’s Day (January 1); Australia Day (January 26); Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday (variable dates in March or April); ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day (April 25); Queen’s Birthday (June 13); Christmas Day (December 25); and Boxing Day (December 26).
Flag: The Australian flag is a blue rectangle with the flag of the United
Kingdom located on the upper hoist-side quadrant and the Commonwealth
Star on the lower hoist-side quadrant. The remaining half of the flag is a
representation of the Southern Cross constellation, with one small
five-pointed star and four larger, seven-pointed stars.
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This series of profiles of foreign nations is part of the Country Studies Program, formerly the Army Area Handbook Program. The profiles offer brief, summarized information on a country’s historical background, geography, society, economy, transportation and telecommunications, government and politics, and national security. In addition to being featured in the front matter of published Country Studies, they are now being prepared as stand-alone reference aides for all countries in the series, as well as for a number of additional countries of interest. The profiles offer reasonably current country information independent of the existence of a recently published Country Study and will be updated annually or more frequently as events warrant.
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