At the same time, everyone is expected to uphold the principles and shared values that support Australia’s way of life. These include:
•respect for equal worth, dignity and freedom of the individual
•freedom of speech and association
•freedom of religion and a secular government
•support for parliamentary democracy and the rule of law
•equality under the law
•equality of men and women
•equality of opportunit
All people in Australia are encouraged to learn English, which is the national language and an important unifying element of Australian society. However, languages other than English are also valued. In fact, more than 15 per cent of Australians speak languages other than English at home. The most commonly spoken languages after English are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin. Australians speak more than 200 languages, including Indigenous Australian languages.
Australians love their sport, both playing it and watching it. Australia has often achieved impressive results at the elite level. The most watched sports in Australia include NRL, cricket, rugby union, golf, swimming and many more sports.
Area 7 692 024 km
Median age 38.1
Population growth 1.7%
Birth rate 13.8
Life expectancy 81.2
Infant mortality rate 4.57
Fertility rate 1.969
Literacy rate 99%
GDP per capita $40680
Thailand is one of many countries neighbouring Australia. Thailand (Bangkok) is just 7477.14 km away from Australia (Canberra). Bangkok is located east of Australia. Several distinct geographic regions. The north of the country is mountainous, with the highest point being Doi Inthanon at 2,565 meters above sea level or 8,415 feet. Geologically the mountain is a granite batholith in a north-south oriented mountain range. The northeast, Isan, consists of the Khorat Plateau, bordered to the east by the Mekong River. Just south of the northeast lies the eastern region. Sandwiched between the sea and the Damrek range, this is where pristine beaches support the growth of summer resorts. The centre of the country is dominated by the predominantly flat Chao Phraya river valley, which runs into the Gulf of Thailand. The Chao Phraya is a major river in Thailand, with its low alluvial river plain marking the mainland of the country. Most of Thailand has a tropical wet and dry or savanna climate. The temperatures normally range from an average annual high of 38 °C (100.4 °F) to a low of 19 °C (66.2 °F) during the dry season.
Thailand is nearly 94%-95% Theravada Buddhist (which includes the Thai Forest Tradition and the Dhammayuttika Nikaya and Santi Asoke sects), with minorities of Muslims (5-6%), Christians (1%), Mahayana Buddhists, and other religions. Thai Theravada Buddhism is supported and overseen by the government, with monks receiving a number of government benefits, such as free use of the public transportation infrastructure. National symbols of Thailand include the official national emblem featuring the garuda and the national flag. There are also three other national symbols, which were proclaimed in a Declaration of the Office of the Prime Minister dated 26