5 Things you should know about Australian Culture
Australia is world famous for its natural wonders and wide open spaces, its beaches, deserts, "the bush", and "the Outback". In addition, Australia is one of the world's most highly urbanised countries; it is well known for the attractions of its large cities and the diversity of its society. In this article we will show you 5 things you should know about Australian culture before moving to this country:
1. Australia is diverse
Australia can be described as a vibrant and multicultural nation, being home to the world’s cultures and inhabitants who can identify with more than 270 ancestries. It is made up of so many different cultures thanks to waves of migration following European colonisation in the late 18th century. In fact, a quarter of Australians were born overseas, and another quarter have at least a parent born abroad, too.
2. Socialising After Work is Important
Every day is a Friday for Aussies when it comes to chilling after work. They don’t have to wait for a particular day to hang out after day of work. They can grab a beer in the pub around the corner or a pizza from their favourite place any day of the week to relieve the stress of the previous.
3. Australians eat their national symbol
Australia’s national icon (the Kangaroo) is a common meal, in the form of steak or sausages (known as ‘kanga bangers’). Australians eat kangaroo meat partly because they have an extremely giant population of kangaroos and also because their meat is extremely healthy, is high in iron and contains a lot of vitamins
4. Australians are obsessed with sport
From massive international events like the Australian Open tennis and the Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne, to local leagues like the AFL and the NRL, along with the beloved summer of cricket to all the water sports that miles of golden coastline affords, Australia is a sports lover’s paradise.
5. Australians are tolerant
Studies have shown that Australia is among the most open-minded nations on Earth. Despite months of distasteful public debate, 62% of Australians voted yes to legalising same-sex marriage — a thumping (and long overdue) victory for a country so proud of its progressive values.
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