Australia History Religion and Language
Explorers from Europe only arrived in the 17th Century and Australia is often considered a ‘young’ country because of this. Native Aboriginal history however is thought to be one of the oldest and continuous cultures to date with indigenous ancestors arriving between 40,000 and 60,000 years ago.
Christianity represents 61% of religion in Australia with 22.3% of the population claiming to have no religion and the rest being of mixed religions.
The national language of Australia is English. Australia is however considered to be very multicultural and languages such as Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese and Greek are spoken freely. Aboriginal derives from more than 250 languages evolving from a single language family. Unfortunately only 20 of these survive today but it is so interesting to learn that many are spoken regularly and taught in schools.