- Provides 25% of total GDP
- Home to numerous foreign bank: Citigroup, UBS Astralia, HSBC Bank Australia
- The HQ of the Reserve Bank of Australia and more than half of Australia top companies are located here
- Around 500 MNC's have regional HQs here ie Unilevel Australasia
- The Stock Exchage has a daily turnover of $4.685 billion
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- 128 foreign embassies
- No overall governing body - it is divided into local government areas much like the London boroughs
- Sydney is lead by an Elected Lord Mayor
- Very few political events have been held here - tend to be regional development conferences
- Australian UN headquarters are located in Canberra but Australia UNHCR and UNICEF HQs are in Sydney
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- Population: 4.6million - 40% were born overseas (UK, New Zealand and China) and only 1% identify as of indigenous origin
- Sydney University is in the top 3 of the country and 38th in the world rankings - 5 Nobel laureates are associated with the university as students or staff. A hotspot of rresearchers and businesses
- 81,000 millionaires reside here (25% of all in Sydney)
- Immigration was incentivised as there was a lack of public sector professional
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- 1 major International Airport - Sydney Kingsford Smith which handled 35million passengers in 2011
- Major base for Qantas airline
- Was once home to the largest tramline in the world but it has been largely closed due to the convenience and ease of road travel
- Sydney Harbour is internationally famous - in 2012/13 14.9million ferry journeys were made in the Harbour and Paramatta River, largely due to toursim. busiest harbour in Australia
- 28 5* hotels and 133 4* hotels
- World Class Shopping Centre
- The Quay is Syndey's mos famous restuarant and has been consistently ranked as the best restaurant in the country - no michelin stars though
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- 2.7million international tourists in 2012 on top of 7million domestic visitors.
- Sydney Harbour Bridge, nicknames the coat hanger bridge, was the world’s longest spanning bridge until the construction of the Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver.
- Sydney Opera House was added to the world heritage list in 2007 and is host to the Sydney Symphony. It is famous all over world as a sight of beauty and thousands of tourists flock to the city to see the architecture as well as visit the hall inside.
- Sydney hosted the Olympics in 2000, where Sir Steve Redgrave famously won his fifth Olympic gold medal.
- The international attended Sydney film festival in June often premieres the latest blockbusters to be made as well as Sydney being a popular setting for many Hollywood films i.e. The Matrix.
- Many hugely popular children’s TV shows also originated in Sydney for example Bananas in Pyjamas and the wiggles.
- The oldest museum in Australia, The Australia Museum, is located in the city
- The most famous destination in Sydney is Bondi Beach, where millions of people will flock every year. Predominantly British and Irish people who want to have a summer Christmas on the beach
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