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    It took seven years to have it settled as the country's capital city (1908).
    It also took nearly 2 decades to have the parliament to have their settlement here (1927).
    Even though it's the country's capital, it is overshadowed by Sydney and Melbourne.
    It has been called a 'waste of a good sheep pasture' by critics.
    The 1971 Canberra flood killed seven people and injured 15 others.
    It was devastated by three bushfires (1939, 2001 and 2003).
    The Skywhale hot air balloon was designed here.
    It had the distinction of having the worst air quality in the world (January 1, 2020).
    Its name means 'meeting place' in the Aboriginal language.
    It was built around an artificial lake as a planned city.
    It's the largest inland city in the country.
    It contains numerous national monuments, museums and galleries.
    It is the country's only city to be surrounded by snow-capped mountains in the winter time.
    It has been ranked as one of the top cities in the world to live and visit.
    It preserved the Old Parliament House as a museum.
    The new Parliament House built in 1988, was designed with two shapes of a boomerang including a 81-metre flagpole.
    It hosts the Southern Hemisphere's largest flower festival, Floriade.
    QS World University Rankings ranked Australian National University at number one as the top university in both the country and the Southern Hemisphere (2021).

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