Ranked the world’s twelfth most livable city by Mercer’s 2016 Quality of Living Survey, Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. Wellington is also the world’s windiest city according to the Guardian, which reports that gusts near Wellington’s city center reached 154 miles per hour (248 kilometers per hour) in 1962.
Due to its close proximity to Australia and despite long distances to other countries, New Zealand has achieved some success in international trade attaining US$33.8 billion in export sales in 2016. New Zealand’s highest-value exported products are milk, meat, butter, timber, cheese and wine according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Wellington, New Zealand: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Old St. Paul’s Church, Parliament Buildings, National War Museum, Otari-Wilton’s Bush Native Botanic Garden, City to Sea Bridge and Katherine Mansfield Birthplace
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Hong Kong:
- Russell Crowe, actor, director & producer (born Apr. 7, 1964)
- Antonia Prebble, actress & TV presenter (born Jun. 6, 1984)
- Leo Bertos, footballer/soccer player (born Dec. 20, 1981)
- Jane Campion, screenwriter, director & producer (born Apr. 30, 1954)
- Russell Coutts, competitive sailor (born Mar. 1, 1962)
- Fran Walsh, screenwriter, producer & lyricist (born Jan. 10, 1959)
- Brooke Fraser, singer-songwriter (born Dec. 15, 1983)
- Eddie Rayner, singer-songwriter & producer (born Nov. 19, 1952)
- Karl Urban, actor (born Jun. 7, 1972)
- Peter Jackson, screenwriter, director & producer (born Oct. 31, 1961)
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Demonym for a resident of Wellington: Wellingtonian
Population: 405,000 (Wellington)
Density: 2,375 people per square mile (917 per square kilometer)
Population: 4,474,549 (New Zealand)
Density: 44 people per square mile (17 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$174.8 billion in 2016 (for New Zealand , per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $37,100
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Wellington were unavailable.
Official currency used in Wellington: New Zealand dollar
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 16, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 16, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Mercer, Western European Cities Top Quality of Living Ranking, News Release. Accessed on January 15, 2017
Official Government Website, Greater Wellington Regional Council. Accessed on January 16, 2017
The Guardian, Where is the world’s windiest city? Spoiler alert: it’s not Chicago. Accessed on January 16, 2017
The World Factbook, Australia-Oceania: New Zealand, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Wellington. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Wikipedia, New Zealand. Accessed on January 16, 2017
Including municipal city limits plus nearby communities, Wellington’s built-up urban land area measures 171 square miles (442 square kilometers) with an estimated population of 405,000 as of June 2016.
As a nation, New Zealand has 4.5 million residents living within 102,138 square miles (264,537 square kilometers).
Population density is much more concentrated within New Zealand’s capital city Wellington with an average 2,400 Wellingtonians per square mile (900 per square kilometer).
Enlarging the scope to encompass national borders, population density drops to an average 44 people per square mile (17 per square kilometer) for New Zealand overall.
British sovereignty over New Zealand was established under the Treaty of Waitangi on February 6, 1840. New Zealanders celebrate Waitangi Day each February 6 as a national holiday.