New Zealand has 4.5 million inhabitants on an area of 275,042 km2. The official language in New Zealand is New Zealand English and resembles the English spoken in Australia. There are many immigrants in New Zealand which means that many European languages are spoken. New Zealand has the following sixteen regions that are divided over 2 islands, the North Island and the South Island:
Nothland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Manawatu-Wanganui, Tasman, Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, Canterburry, Otago and Southland.
Most of New Zealand has a maritime climate. In the North, temperatures are somewhat higher than in the South and the climate is also called subtropical, but officially it is not.
Religion plays an important role in New Zealand for few people. Half of the inhabitants are Christian and about 30% of the people are not religious. The Maoris are a supporter of the Ratana Church.
New Zealand is part of the global economy. The export industry competes with the rest of the world. New Zealand is one of the largest exporters of lamb and mutton and one of the largest dairy and wool exporting countries. The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar. New Zealand's GDP per capita is 38,500 in US dollars.