European Australians

European Australians are citizens or residents of Australia whose ancestry originates from the peoples of Europe. They form the largest panethnic group in the country.[4]

European Australians
Total population
17,800,000
76% of Australia's population (2016)[1]
Regions with significant populations
All states and territories of Australia[2]
Languages
Predominantly English
Italian  German  Greek  Dutch  Other European languages[2][3]
Religion
Predominantly Christianity (Anglicanism/Protestantism and Roman Catholicism)
Related ethnic groups
Anglo-Celtic Australians, European New Zealanders, European Americans, European Canadians, British (English, Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish), English, Scottish, Welsh, Ulster-Scots, Irish, European diaspora

Since the early 19th century, people of European descent have formed the vast majority of the population in Australia. Historically, European immigrants had great influence over Australian culture and society, which resulted in the perception of Australia as a European-derived country.[5][6]

The majority of European Australians are of British IslesEnglish, Irish, Scottish, Welsh or Cornish (Anglo-Celtic) – ancestral origin. It is estimated that around 58% of the Australian population are Anglo-Celtic, with 18% being of other European origins.[7] Other significant ancestries include Italian, German, Greek, Dutch, European New Zealanders, Polish, Maltese, and Scandinavian.[8][9] The panethnic group can be also be divided into broad regional subgroups, such as Eastern European Australians, Northwestern European Australians and Southern European Australians.[citation needed]


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