10 Interesting facts about Oceania

For people interested in visiting or curious to learn more about Oceania, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. The area of Oceania includes regions otherwise known as Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.  Australasia includes Australia, New Zealand, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Norfolk Island and others.  Melanesia is directly northeast of Australia and includes Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.  Micronesia is north of Melanesia and directly east of the Philippines, includes the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau and Wake Island.  Polynesia is east of Micronesia and Melanesia, includes American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Easter Island, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Niue, the Pitcairn Islands, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Wallis and Futuna.  In total there are over 30,000 islands within the South Pacific or Oceania.
  • 2. The total population is over 35 million, with 23 million in Australia, 5 million in Papua New Guinea and over 4 million in New Zealand.
  • 3. There are ~30 languages used throughout Oceania, these include English, French, Indonesian, Hindi and Spanish as well as indigenous languages such as Bislama, Carolinian, Chamorro, Cook Islands Maori, Fijian, Futunan, Gilbertese, Hawaiian, Hiri Motu, Maori, Marshallese, Nauruan, Niuean, Palauan, Pitkern, Rotuman, Samoan, Tahitian, Tokelauan, Tongan, Tok Pisin, Tuvaluan and Wallisian.
  • 4. Most of the countries involved use their own currency with some exceptions.  The USD is used in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau.  Besides Australia, the Australian Dollar is used in Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu.  Besides New Zealand, the New Zealand Dollar is used on the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau.
  • 5. Cuisine in Oceania includes a large amount of fish and seafood with various regional dishes or ingredients.  In Australia, BBQ’s are popular and many different types of fruit, the Granny Smith apples first came from Sydney.  In New Zealand you get the Kiwi fruit and will find venison on many menus from local deer farms.
  • 6. Sheep can be common sight in parts of Australia and New Zealand, Australia has 15 sheep per person while New Zealand with fewer people has 20 sheep per person.
  • 7. Tourism makes up a big part of the economy with over 12 million visitors a year, the most visited locations are Australia, New Zealand, Guam, Fiji, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea and French Polynesia.
  • 8. Papua New Guinea is largest country in Melanesia by population with over 5 million people and is one of the few areas close to the equator that receives snowfall, such as on Mount Wilhelm at 4,509 metres or 14,793 feet.
  • 9. The largest island in Micronesia by population is Guam with over 160,000 people, is located near the Mariana Trench which is believed to be the deepest part of the world’s oceans.  Challenger Deep is a spot on the southern end and is the deepest part of the Mariana Trench at 10,898 metres or 35,755 feet.
  • 10. Besides Hawaii, French Polynesia is largest island by population in Polynesia with ~260,000 people.   There are about 130 islands within French Polynesia with the most populated being the well known vacation or tourist island of Tahiti.

Have your own networks with others in Oceania

If you regularly share content or work with people in Oceania, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your language, including English, French, Spanish, Indonesian and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be having separate networks for different groups of friends, family members, organizations as well as using in professional environments, having separate networks for different clients or customers.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views in respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan.  This includes the ability to add networks, use the applications, and initial storage for your various files.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in Oceania, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples and relevant blog articles.

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