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Mainland is usually the continental part of a region, as opposed to the islands nearby, or, if the region is entirely insular, the largest of the several islands comprising the region. Sometimes the residents are called "the Mainlanders". As a result of the usually larger area of mainland, there are significantly more mainlanders than islanders, and mainlander culture and politics sometimes threaten to dominate those of the islands.

Prominent uses of the term include: The term is used on multiple levels. To someone in Tasmaniamarker, continental Australia is the mainland; but to residents of King Islandmarker, Flinders Islandmarker, and the other surrounding islands, Tasmaniamarker itself is the mainland.


  1. Theroux, The Kingdom by the Sea, 1982:83.

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