Australian slang and 12 other facts on Australia that contribute to happiness

kangaroos in macademia farm - facts on Australia
As the sixth biggest country in the world, it’s hard to select the most intriguing facts that will probably have a link to the definition of happiness in Australia. Ranked fifth in the Index of Economic Freedom, Australia is the world’s twelfth largest economy and has the sixth highest per capita GDP(nominal). Ranked second in the United Nations 2016 Human Development Index, the country ranks highly in quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and civil liberties and political rights. Yet we’ve prioritized and have summed up the facts on Australia that are worth knowing about.


  1. I’m a new-born – Until the early 19th century, Australia was best known as “New Holland”, a name first applied by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1644. The first time that Australia appears to have been officially used was in April 1817, and in 1824, the Admiralty agreed that the continent should be known officially by that name.
  2. Best city – Melbourne has been ranked the world’s most liveable city for the past three years.
  3. Surf dudes and girls – More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coast. Most likely the cause of the amount of Aussie surfers. Also, Australia hosts many surf festivals and championships.
  4. Hi neighbor! – Australia is very sparsely populated: The Netherlands 505 persons per square kilometer, while Australia has only around 3 persons per square kilometer.
  5. Living on the edge – Per capita, Australians spend more money on gambling than any other nation. They have casino’s, machines and many gambling matches such as sports betting, horse races, and local bingo.
  6. Nemo’s home – The Great Barrier Reef is the planet’s largest living structure. And it has its own postbox! Alright, maybe this fact doesn’t directly contribute to happiness, but it’s one you’ll remember forever ;-).
  7. Where you from? The world’s highest proportion of migrant settlers in a developed nation with over 25% of Australians born in another country.
  8. It snows in Australia! – This fact still amazes some people. But what is truly staggering is that during winter Australia has more snow than Switzerland.
  9. Why are the Kangaroo and Emu on the Australian coat of arms? – Neither animal can walk backward. They symbolize a nation always going forward.
  10. Police – Australia’s first ever police force was made of the 12 best-behaved convicts.
  11. Barbies – There are free barbies (barbeques) everywhere. And they’re clean! Just like public toilets!
  12. Healthy – In terms of health, life expectancy at birth in Australia is around 83 years, three years higher than the OECD average of 80 years. Happiest Aussies are aged 76 or over, followed by those aged 18-25.
  13. Yo dude, wanna have a cold one? – So, whether you are dreaming of visiting Australia, have just arrived or have been in this gigantic island of paradise for a while, there are a few Australian terms that you should know to help you get through day to life. Although Australia is an English speaking country, arriving into the country with little knowledge of the “Aussie slang” may just get you into a few awkward situations. Aussies have a tendency to shorten most words in the English vocabulary..  Some of the funniest ones:
  • A Cold One – Beer, or just say Bea and they get it too.
  • Arvo – Afternoon
  • Reckon – for sure
  • Barbie – Barbecue
  • Brekky – Breakfast
  • Cab Sav – Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Crook – Being ill or angry; ‘Don’t go crook on me for getting crook’
  • G’day – Hello
  • Knickers – female underwear
  • Maccas – McDonalds
  • No Worries – it’s Ok
  • Nuddy – Naked
  • Runners – Trainers, Sneakers
  • Servo Service Station
  • Sickie – a sick day off work
  • Slab – a carton of beers
  • Snag – Sausage
  • Thongs – Flip Flops
  • Woolies – Woolworths (supermarket)

Just to remind you, this is a short selection of all the words.. In need of more inspiration? Visit this site.

And always say hello by saying “G’day” and always add “mate” to the end of every sentence. We will make sure to use these words when asking the Aussies about happiness.

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