I will shortly be visiting Australia for the first time. Since the country is on the other side of the globe to Europe, it is difficult to assess from an atlas what is the relative size of Australia – so I’ve checked.
At 7,692,024 km2, Australia is the planet’s sixth largest country after Russia, Canada, China, the USA, and Brazil. Although it is the smallest continental land mass, it is the world’s largest island.
Europe, as properly defined, is bigger than Australia, at 10,180,000 km2 – but what many people think of as Continental Europe would fit neatly into the land mass of Australia. To see how Australia compares with Europe or the United States, check out these illustrations.