Population: 4.5 million (UN, 2012)
Largest city: Auckland
Area: 270,534 sq km (104,454 sq miles)
Major languages: English, Maori
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 79 years (men), 83 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 New Zealand dollar ($NZ) = 100 cents
Main exports: Wool, food and dairy products, wood and paper products
GNI per capita: US $29,140 (World Bank, 2010)
International dialing code: +64
Every new day in the world starts with New Zealand. New Zealanders are already up and working while rest of the world is in darkness. New Zealanders are known as “Kiwis”. They enjoy the quiet relaxed life style.
The country is made up of two major islands: Northern Island and Southern Island. New Zealand is similar in size to UK or Japan but with a smaller population. New Zealand has a population of 4.4 Million divided between North Island 76% and South Island 24%. New Zealand laws prohibit discrimination of Gender, Race and Religion. 2006 Census indicates 55% New Zealanders are Christians and public holidays are determined by Christian calendar.
New Zealand is ranked world’s most peaceful nation on earth according to Global Peace Index – 2010 and least corrupt country according to 2009 Corruption Perceptions Index.
New Zealand’s amazing landscape includes world’s most beautiful natural environments. Climate is temperate with relatively mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers with four seasons during the year. Summer: December-February, Autumn: March-May, Winter: June-August, Spring: September-November.
New Zealand has recognized three (3) official languages – English, Maori and Sign Language (for the deaf). However, New Zealand is an English speaking country with a long tradition of teaching English and proved an ideal place to learn English. Maori are known as people of the land. According to 2006 census conducted revealed 01 in 07 New Zealanders identified as Maori.