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Location: Oceania, continent between the Indian Ocean and the south Pacific Ocean
Population: 18.3 million (1995 estimate)
Capital: Canberra
Comparative area: Slightly smaller than the United States
Religions: Anglican 26.1 percent, Roman Catholic 26 percent, other Christian 24.3 percent
Landscape: Only country that is also a continent; mostly low plateau with deserts; fertile plain in southeast; huge interior of Australia is mostly desert or dry grassland and has few settlements
Recognized by International Olympic Committee: 1895

Source: Knight-Ridder/Tribune

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