Thanks to Government web sites and fact sheets (mostly from Foreign Affairs and Statistics agencies in both countries), plus a few other off the beaten track sites, I’ve compiled a list of Canadian-Australian comparisons. I’ll keep adding to the list when I come across new information.
|Population||22.8 million||33.6 million|
|Total area||7.74 mill km2||9.98 mill km2|
|Capital city||Canberra (population in 2011 – 347,000)||Ottawa (population in 2010 – 920,000)|
|Unemployment rate||5.2 % (Jan 2012)||7.5 % (Jan 2012)|
|Official Language||English||English and French|
|Life expectancy at birth||81.63 years||80.4 years|
|Number of shark attacks 2000-2010||120 attacks, 13 fatalities||I can’t find any record of attacks in Canada.|
|No. killed by bears 2000-2010||0 (koalas really aren’t that savage. And did you know they really aren’t bears!)||14 fatalities|
|GDP per capita||$66,984 US||$51,147 US|
|No. of medals at 2008 Beijing Olympics||46 in total (14 gold)||18 in total (3 gold)|
|No. of medals at 2010 Vancouver winter Olympics||3 (2 gold)||26 (14 Gold)|
|Highest mountain||Mount Kosciuszko 2,228 metres (7,309 ft) high||Mount Logan, 5,959 metres (19,551 ft) high|
|Main export destinations||China 26.4%, Japan 19.1%, Republic of Korea 9.2%||United States 74.9%, United Kingdom 4.1%, China 3.3%|
Aaron says: Mt Kosciuszko is not actually Australias highest mountain! It is Mt McClintock… In the Australian Antartic territory, at 3,490 meters…. He does listen in class…..
He’s a clever lad!! When I was researching my facts I did come across this one, but I decided to keep it as Mt Kosciuszko because it is the highest on the Australian mainland.Thanks for keeping me on my toes Az!