• Reading Levels 3 - 5

Spotlight: Oceania

Oceania is a region dominated by a huge land mass: Australia, the only country in the world that by itself is described as an entire continent. Australia may be big, with thousands of miles of sweeping outback and picture perfect coastline, but its population is comparatively small at just under 26 million. Of these people, most are the descendants of immigrants — the indigenous population is thought to be less than one million. But Oceania is more than just Australia. It is also includes New Zealand, and the islands that make up Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. Among them, you will find highly developed economies such as Hawaii and also developing nations, from Kiribati to Papua New Guinea. The region is hugely diverse — for example, in Papua New Guinea alone, there are 839 different languages spoken today.

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