Australia is an Oceanian country made up of the mainland continent, the island of Tasmania and several smaller islands. Its currency is the Australian dollar, its capital Canberra, its most populous city is Sydney.
It has an estimated population of around 23 million people, who live mainly in coastal cities. Australia is a constitutional monarchy and uses a parliamentary system of government. Before British settlement in the late 18th century, the country was inhabited by indigenous Australians. This is a collection of DW's latest content on the country.
The shares of RNC Minerals, a Canadian mining company, jumped on Monday after it announced that it had struck gold at a nickel mine in Australia. Its stock rose 94.4 percent on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The gold discovery have now potentially changed the mining company's business plans in Australia.
The Australian government is currently fighting in court to refuse medical care to dozens of sick children held on Nauru. About 1,100 asylum seekers still reside in the Australian-run detention center on the island.