10 interesting facts about Australia (part 1)

1. Australia has three times as many kangaroos as people.

2. In 1996, the Australian government banned the possession of many types of firearms. The number of armed robberies in the eight years of the law has increased by 59 percent.

3. Malaria was completely eradicated in the 70s.

4. Sharks have killed 53 people in Australia over the past 50 years, which means an average of 1.06 people per year.

5. In terms of quality of life, Australia is in the top ten.

6. Australian “national” food – Vegemite. Vegemite is a processed yeast, a brown mass with a pungent odor and quite salty. It is spread on bread in a very thin layer.

7. Another national Australian food is Meat Pie, meat pies in the form of a dough basket, the basket is also closed with dough on top. Inside minced meat with all sorts of additives and spices, usually very liquid. Meat Pies are sold in supermarkets as frozen convenience foods.

8. In Australia, the 50 cent coin initially contained two dollars worth of silver.

9. Australia is located at very low latitudes. Melbourne, for example, is at a latitude of 37.5° S – and this is much closer to the equator than the southernmost part of Russia and the Black Sea. And the rest of Australia (except for the island of Tasmania) is even closer to the equator.

10. However, Melbourne is not a very hot city. In summer it is 20–30°C, and in winter +4 at night, +15°C in the daytime. The weather is very changeable, often windy.