THE FIFTH PART OF THE WORLD
With the exception of cave paintings where artists from Australia’s primary people represented their favorite animals, the works were ephemeral (painted on skin, wood and other perishable materials). Oceanic artistic productions are not limited to Australian territory alone. Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia also testify to the fascination of man for the beings around him, very real animals or fantastic creatures: fairies, mermaids, sea snakes or other fish-men.
Oceania is a region of the world often assimilated to a continent by geographers. It covers 8.5 million km², divided into sixteen independent states and fifteen territories.Oceania has more than 38 million inhabitants. Despite being made up of over 25,000 islands, Australia accounts for most of its territory and population.
The Commonwealth of Australia is a country that covers most of Oceania.
Population ≈ 25.5 million inhabitants. Area: 7,692,060 km².
The Cook Islands is a State in the northwest of the South Pacific Ocean.
Population ≈ 22 thousand inhabitants. Area: 240 km².
Fiji is an island country in Oceania located in the west of the South Pacific Ocean.
Population ≈ 936 thousand inhabitants. Area: 18,270 km².
New Caledonia is a Special Collectivity of France made up of five main islands and a large number of islets.
Population ≈ 271.5 thousand inhabitants. Area: 18,575 km².
New Zealand is an island country located in the South-east of Australia.
Population ≈ 5 million inhabitants. Area: 268,680 km².
The Independent State of Papua New Guinea is a country in Oceania occupying the Eastern half of the island of New Guinea.
Population ≈ 8.3 million inhabitants. Area: 462,840 km².
Solomon Islands is a sovereign state consisting of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in the North-east of Australia.
Population ≈ 648 thousand inhabitants. Area: 28,450 km².
The Kingdom of Tonga is a State located in the east of Australia.
Population ≈ 101 thousand inhabitants. Area: 747 km².
The Republic of Vanuatu is a State made up of 83 islands located in the North of New Caledonia.
Population ≈ 298 thousand inhabitants. Area: 12,189 km².