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Facts about Canada

The Government of Canada maintains quite a comprehensive site describing Canada's history, government, economy, geography, national symbols, and lots more. Looking for maps? Try the National Atlas of Canada .

Statistics

Statistics Canada is the best place to find out statistical information about Canada and Canadians. StatsCan is far more comprehensive an organization than the US Census Bureau. Some key differences between Canada and the States:

  • Canada has a lower infant mortality rate and a longer life expectancy.
  • Almost ten times as many people live in the States.
    Population of Canada, 2002:  31,185,815
    Population of the US, 2002: 287,075,978
  • Canada has 9,976,100 square kilometers; the United States has 9,372,600.
  • Canada spends more of its gross domestic product (GDP) on education and less on health care than the United States.

A bit about government and politics

What Americans expect because they're Americans: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness

What Canadians expect because they're Canadians: peace, order, and good government

That's the very basics. You can find out more at the "Government at a Glance" section of the Canadian government's Web site.

Random facts

  • Canada has more donut shops per capita than the United States does.
  • Canada's national animal is the beaver
  • Canada's two official sports are lacrosse and hockey.
  • Canada's national colors are red and white.
  • Canadians consume more Kraft Dinner (aka Kraft Macaroni & Cheese) per capita than any other nationality on earth.
  • Canada has the cheapest internet access on the earth
  • Canada has the 2nd most % of population on the internet

Provinces and territories

Canada's land is divided into ten provinces and three territories, in five regions:

Atlantic Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador
The Maritimes
Central Canada
Québec
Ontario
The prairies
Manitoba
Saskatchewan
The eastern part of Alberta
Western Canada
Western Alberta
British Columbia
The north
Yukon
Nunavut
Northwest Territories

Many of Canada's cities and provinces have nicknames:

Toronto
T.O., The Big Smoke, Hogtown, Torana
Vancouver (sometimes all of B.C.)
Lotusland, Hongcouver (referring to the large number of immigrants from Hong Kong)
Calgary
Cowtown
Edmonton
Deadmonton, Edmonchuk (referring to the large number of Ukranian families there)
Hamilton
Steeltown
Ottawa
Bytown (after Colonel By)
Sault Ste. Marie
The Soo
Winnipeg
The Peg, Winnepago, Winterpeg
Newfoundland
The Rock
St. Catharines
St. Kits


Published on: 2004-08-05 (32994 reads)

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