An island state of Australia, At 26,200 square miles, Tasmania is roughly the size of Sri Lanka, and hangs off south-eastern Australia rather like Sri Lanka hangs off the south of the Indian sub-continent. Though legally part of Oz, it is often thought of by visitors -- and occasional residents -- as a separate country.
Some travel guides feel it necessary to point out that the language spoken by Tasmanians is English and that the currency used is the Australian dollar. A great number of jokes, most of them quite unfunny, are made by Australian mainlanders about Tasmanians. The latter are also beginning to joke about the place, since many of them have left following a downturn in the local economy several years ago. The slack was not taken up completely by a greater emphasis on tourism, with the result that Tasmania has a declining population (about 500,000 at present) and a higher unemployment rate than any other Australian state.
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