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What does the World think about Australia?

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Hey everyone!

So i was inspired to start this topic when i say the post "what does the world think about America?" and it made me think... well i have a pretty clear idea about the world view of America... but I'm not to sure about what people think of my own country? And what a better place to find out than by asking a group of internationally aware, up and coming group of young people from around the world.

So here is my question- How does the world (or you personaly) view Australia?

Just leave you thogughts as well as what counrty you're from.

-Thanks a million.

-Soph x

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- "Australia is as close as you can get to hell without getting burned" - Christian Shepard.

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I think it's a pretty cool place, not that i've been there, but if they have kangaroos and funny talking people then it must be fun :(

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I think Australia is gorgeous (been there once)..but the accent is a bit hard to understand at times haha.

However, I have relatives that live in Australia and being of Asian descent, I know they feel like outsiders sometimes even though they've lived there over 20 years. Not sure if this is just an isolated incident, when I went there I was too young to even understand what racism really was so I wouldn't have noticed it anyways.

Oh yeah, and it's funny how their seasons are switched haha :( , I couldn't imagine having Christmas in 40 degree weather instead of snow!

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I've never been there but want to one day. I think of Australia as a warm summer place with beaches and outdoor things to do.As for Aussies, I thinkof them as friendly people :(

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Surfers, Coral Reefs, and Sharks. like here in Florida, except 20 times cooler. plus an amazing accent.

(funny the American thread was all about politics, but this is full of vacation-based ideas. I guess that's what us Americans get for interfering in everyone else's business.)

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Wow, you guys have better view of Australia than I do and I am Australian.

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Wow, you guys have better view of Australia than I do and I am Australian.

I'd say that people in general have a very 'romantic' view of Australia, as tourists we don't see the negative aspects. (I don't know what they are, but every country has some!) But having been in Australia once (NSW), I can say I loved the country and I also like the culture. People are so much less hypocritical than some Americans (trying to avoid a generalization here). Obviously the nature is pretty too, and the wildlife is amazing.

I would start a thread asking "What does the world think about Finland", but I'd either get 0 replies or people asking where Finland is and do we have igloos, so I'll pass. :)

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Yeah you are right, you guy would know much about the politics of Australia, because in reality we don't matter, despite what some people may think. I just have a few problems with the ignorance of many Australians about the suffering some people experience, eg. there are quite a few Sudanese refugee in Australia, a small number of them created a little bit of trouble, and people wanted them to be sent back to Sudan, effectively to their deaths, but they don't realise that they should think about how difficult life has been for the Sudanese. Because of this ignorance the government reduce the number of African immigrants, which is in it most elemental characteristics a racist policy.

Anyway, the only things I know about finland is that you can see the northern lights in the north of finland (lapland?), finnish is a very difficult language to learn, and the capital is Helsinki... yep that is about it. That is kind of shameful for me really I should know more.

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I've never been there but want to one day. I think of Australia as a warm summer place with beaches and outdoor things to do.As for Aussies, I thinkof them as friendly people :)

Yeah, basically the same thought that I have of Australia. My friend told me Aussies also have free post-secondary education - is this true? I'd love to travel to Australia some day, and New Zealand of course. :)

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Australia is beautiful! I went there last summer and loved it. I think its a lovely place and want to visit there again.

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actually what comes to mind for me is beaches and kangaroos...

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I would start a thread asking "What does the world think about Finland", but I'd either get 0 replies or people asking where Finland is and do we have igloos, so I'll pass. :)

Finland, country in Scandinavia, speaks Finnish, capital Helsinki, and meant to have some of the best looking women in the world. Cold most times of year, and made more famous with Lapland being a home for Santa.

Back to topic, Australia. Most tourists' opinions are that Australia is THE place to immigrate to because of the warm weather. I was in Australia recently, and to be honest it didn't impress me much. Melbourne has a tiny city centre, and a fairly large suburb. It didn't help that Victoria was going through a dry spell, so everything looked gloomy and sort of surreal. Nevertheless, a nice place to visit, and probably a great place to study. Fairly good transport too.

Canberra is the dullest 'city' ever! Nothing much to say about this one.

West Sydney seemed like a carbon copy of East London sans the people. Rundown areas and not generally nice. East Sydney however was really nice and pretty, and so was Bondi Beach. The city centre is great, and the best thing is that they have Krispy Kreme!

The Australians have a great attitude to life and that would be something that attracts me to there. Generally a pretty nice place.

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Finland, country in Scandinavia, speaks Finnish, capital Helsinki, and meant to have some of the best looking women in the world. Cold most times of year, and made more famous with Lapland being a home for Santa.

Actually we're a bilingual country, we speak Finnish but have a relatively large Swedish-speaking minority (all the rich people are Swedish-speaking :) ). Oh, and unfortunately the good looking women are in Sweden, and I'm not kidding you. Swedish girls are just WOAH :) . I'd also go back to the topic but I have nothing to say, so excuse me for straying off-topic :P .

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Actually we're a bilingual country, we speak Finnish but have a relatively large Swedish-speaking minority (all the rich people are Swedish-speaking :) ). Oh, and unfortunately the good looking women are in Sweden, and I'm not kidding you. Swedish girls are just WOAH :) . I'd also go back to the topic but I have nothing to say, so excuse me for straying off-topic :P .

:P Sweden's just moved up on countries to visit list.

Australians, particularly Australian women, have the greatest accent. ^^

I'm not quite sure about the accent. I don't mind it on a guy, but the Aussie accent, and the NZ accent as well, on a woman drives me up the wall. Sorry for the sexism!

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Am I the only one who thinks this thread is hilarious???? lol

As for the Australian accent...I've got used to it by now...I wouldn't be surprised if I spoke with it now. Apparently I do, says my friends and teachers when I go back home and visit school (says Elsa as well when we were on voice-chat). But I don't notice it.

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well you are there a lot so you prolly do. i pick up accents right away. i am starting to pick up little twang in voice, so i am concentrayting on losing it coz i don't like it. i want my coast accent back.

it is a funny thread. it is a nice one in comarison to the US one. people had much stronger opinios about the US, and here every one like like prettyand kangaroos.

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i think Australia is a pretty cool country because they did the first earth hour and it seemed like a really good place to visit from what i saw on dicovery channels' Mega world Australia

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I think Australia is gorgeous- the people are gorgeous. I was an exchange student in the US and there is this mentality that the aussies aren't as smart- however i know this is not entirely true: just a bad stereotype.

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Yeah, basically the same thought that I have of Australia. My friend told me Aussies also have free post-secondary education - is this true? I'd love to travel to Australia some day, and New Zealand of course. :)

No that is dead wrong, especially for international students. I have a friend who is paying $AUD50000 per annum for her medicine course. So no, no, definitely not.

Someone mention the Earth Hour, well sorry to burst you bubble but the Earth hour in Sydney the first one was kind of a failure, but the media added a lot of spin and made it out to be a sucess.

I have said so many negative things in this thread, I actually love Australia, I just know it faults better than most on this forum.

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I would start a thread asking "What does the world think about Finland", but I'd either get 0 replies or people asking where Finland is and do we have igloos, so I'll pass. :)

haha i was totally going to do the same about sweden, but the only reply i would get is like swedes are blond :)

so maybe we should start a thread about europe in general, what do people outside europe think about the different countries etc...

I seriously do not know much about australia, basically i have the vacation kind of look on australia.

Seems to me as a big country with cities around the coust and almost abandoned inland.

I have an australian guy in my class, and i remember when he first came her and stuff, he wasn't

used to a lot of stuff that we were totally oke with, but i don't really know how it is down there.

and the seasoning is all wrong :) very cool indeed, i wanna live there for a while in the future maybe.

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Hey everyone!

So i was inspired to start this topic when i say the post "what does the world think about America?" and it made me think... well i have a pretty clear idea about the world view of America... but I'm not to sure about what people think of my own country? And what a better place to find out than by asking a group of internationally aware, up and coming group of young people from around the world.

So here is my question- How does the world (or you personaly) view Australia?

Just leave you thogughts as well as what counrty you're from.

-Thanks a million.

-Soph x

i think Australia is a wonderful country and australians are wonderful people. I have some Australian friends who i think are really wonderrful people :) )

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australian is such a beautiful place. i have lived here all of my life and i can still appreciate the beauty of it all. the sound of the kookaburra and the smell of golden wattle..so sweet. i travel a lot and it doesn't matter which amazing place i travel to i always miss australia. just the fact that i can go on a picnic and have a emu stand on my picnic rug (very scary the first time might i add!) and that i have koala's living in my backyard. i love feeling so close to nature and living in an area which has hardly been touched by evolving humanity. i live in outback australia btw!

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