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is an Australian island and state of the same
name. It is located 240 kilometres (150 mi) south
of the eastern side of the continent, being separated
from it by Bass Strait. The state of Tasmania
includes the island of Tasmania, which is the
26th largest island in the world, and other surrounding
islands. The state has an estimated population
of 500,000 (as of December 2008) with almost half
located in the greater Hobart area, and an area
of 68,401 square kilometres (26,410 sq mi), of
which the main island covers 62,409 square kilometres
(24,096 sq mi).
Tasmania is promoted as the Natural State and
the "Island of Inspiration" owing to
its large and relatively unspoiled natural environment.
Formally, almost 37% of Tasmania is in reserves,
National Parks and World Heritage Sites. The island
is 364 kilometres (226 mi) long from the northernmost
point to the southernmost point and 306 kilometres
(190 mi) from west to east.
The state capital and largest city is Hobart,
which encompasses the local government areas of
City of Hobart, City of Glenorchy, City of Clarence
and generally included is the satellite town of
Kingston, part of the Municipality of Kingborough,
into the Greater Hobart area. Other major population
centres include Launceston in the north and Devonport
and Burnie in the northwest. The subantarctic
Macquarie Island is also under the administration
of the state, as part of the Huon Valley Council
local government area. (Credit: Wikipedia).