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Saturday Fun Fact: More people live in Taiwan than Australia!

Seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? But it’s true. More people live in Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) than Australia. Here are the numbers:

Taiwan’s population density is six hundred and forty two per square kilometer; Australia’s is less than three people per square kilometer. Most Australians reside on the coast in cities like Sydney, Perth, Darwin, Melbourne, and Adelaide.

The interior of Australia, often referred to as The Outback, is sparsely populated, which helps explain why Taiwan is home to more people despite being an island instead of a continent.