It’s time to note down some cultural impressions I’ve made about Australia; in particular, I will focus on a few things which strike me as somehow strange. Just to clarify, I treat these mainly as rhetorical questions as the reasons are clear enough for most of them.
Isn’t it strange..
- .. that Australia has the biggest houses in the world, while simultaneously being the country that most increases the time spent outdoors for expats?[2, 3] With a culture geared towards the outdoors life and a climate to match, why would people need the biggest indoor dwellings in the world?
- .. that Australia has one of the best solar power generation potential in the world, yet produces over 80% of its electricity with coal?
- .. that Australia have some of the best-managed and sustainable fisheries in the world[6, 7], plenty of fresh produce and even wine locally available – i.e. a good potential for an ideal Mediterranean diet – but Australians are still among the most obese (if not the most obese) people in the world? [8, 9]
- .. that people in Australia are generally friendlier and more willing to help (my subjective experience, of course) than in Finland, despite Finland scoring quite a bit lower on the Hofstede’s individuality index?
- .. that people consider USA the great “melting pot”, even though only 11% of people in the USA are foreign-born, compared to over 25% in Australia?[11, 12]
- Australians live in worlds biggest houses
- HSBC: Expat Survey
- HSBC: Offshore offspring
- Desertec Foundation: Australia’s Concentrating Solar Power Potential
- Australian Coal Association: Electricity Production
- Marine Stewardship Council: Certified fisheries
- Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry: Fisheries resource management
- Stewart, S: Australia’s Future ‘Fat Bomb’
- NationMaster: Obesity Statistics
- Geert Hofstede’s cultural dimensions: Finland and Australia
- US Census Bureau: State & Country QuickFacts
- Australian Bureau of statistics: Over one quarter of Australians were born overseas