Facts about Canada

Nearly ten million square kilometers of land area, six time zones, an 8,890km long border with the United States, two national languages,and up to ten other official languages - Canada is cosmopolitan, unique, different and successful.

This could be due to today's Federal State own history as well as to the membership of the British Commonwealth. Today's Canadian East Coast was first found by the Vikings, then officially "discovered" by an Italian for the British, meanwhile occupied by the Basques, incorporated by the French and finally ceded to England under the "Treaty of Paris" of 1783.

Canada is today one of the most important economies in the world. It established its sustainable economic recovery concentrated in the east of the country. The region around the ice-free port of Halifax (Nova Scotia) saw its first major growth spurt at the beginning of the last century, as bigger steel ships slowly supplanted the wooden and iron ships. Also year-round transportation was possible in international trade.

The western provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as well as the two most populous provinces of Ontario and Quebec in central Canada continue to shape the political and sporting image of Canada. The Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Labrador and Nova Scotia are closer to the US-American than to Canadian cities and impress with their combination of economic strength, nature and high quality of life.

Facts and Figures

Motto: A Mari Usque Ad Mare (Lat.: “From Sea to Sea”)
Total area: 9,984,670 km²
Population: 35,344,962 (2014 estimate)
Population density: 3,41 / km²
Human Development Index: 0.911
Time zone: UTC−3:30 to UTC−8
Calling code: +1

Economy with international weight

Canada is a member of all relevant international economic forums such as the G7 / G8, G20, OSCE, WTO, IMF and World Bank, and was a balanced economic policy, always ensuring its position of economic power.

So the World Economic Forum found last year, once again, that Canada has the soundest banking system in the world. Looking back at the banking crisis you realize that no Canadian bank had to be supported during the financial crisis by a government subsidy.

The Canadian market-oriented economic system made this possible. The U.S. edition of the business magazine Forbes elected Canada in 2011 the best business location in the world. As reasons for that decision Forbes explicitly point out that Canada is a high-tech company, which manages to achieve continuous growth for the economy.

This solidity is favored by rich deposits of natural resources. Canada has, for example, more than ten percent of the world's forests and significant deposits of oil, natural gas, iron ore, lead, coal, copper, gold, uranium and zinc.

In addition to its wealth of natural resources, the political and economic stability, the strong Canadian banking system as well as the excellent infrastructure, health and education system make Canada one of the most popular investment locations worldwide.

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