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Australia is the planet's sixth largest country after Russia, Canada, China, the USA, and Brazil. At 7 692 024 km2, it accounts for just five percent of the world's land area of 149 450 000 km2, and although it is the smallest continental land mass, it is the world's largest island. 

For more information visit The World Factbook.

Australia/Europe

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Australia/Japan

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Australia/British Isles

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Australia/United States

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Calculations on Australia's area are based on the coastline data as explained in Geoscience Australia's GEODATA Coast 100K 2004 page. The coastline data is nationally uniform, is sourced primarily from the 1:100 000 scale National Topographic Map Series and is the most authoritative data source currently available to calculate the area of Australia.

Topic contact: education@ga.gov.au Last updated: November 18, 2010