While Australia is the sixth largest country, it is only about 5% of the total world’s land area. Australia is also the smallest continental land mass (or largest island).
Australia’s population is quite small compared to the land size. The UK has 248.25 persons per 1 km2, while Australia has only 2.66 persons per 1 km2.
|Country||Area in km2||Arable Land *||Population **||# of People per km2|
|1. Russia||17,075,200||7.17 %||141,377,752||8.28|
|2. Canada||9,984,670||4.57 %||33,390,141||3.34|
|3. USA||9,629,091||18.01 %||301,139,947||31.27|
|4. China||9,596,960||14.86 %||1,321,851,888||137.74|
|5. Brazil||8,511,965||6.93 %||190,010,647||22.32|
|6. Australia||7,686,850||6.15 %||20,434,176||2.66|
|A selection of other countries to compare|
|New Zealand||268,680||5.54 %||4,115,771||15.32|
|United Kingdom||244,820||23.23 %||60,776,238||248.25|
* Arable land is land cultivated for crops replanted after each harvest like wheat, corn, and rice.
** Estimated for 2007
NOTE: We did not include the Antarctic territory in the Australian figures for total size because Australia’s claim has not been recognized by the world.
There are 7 nations (Argentina, Australia, Britain, Chile, France, New Zealand, and Norway) who have claimed land in the Antarctic with some claims overlapping. The Antarctic Treaty of 1961 does not allow any single country to control any part of Antarctica and has put all territorial claims on hold for the duration of the treaty. Until all the land claims are resolved, no one actually owns Antarctica right now so no one includes Antarctica in their country’s total land size.
Statistics are from the CIA World Factbook and other sources. Visit their website for more complete information.
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