General Information on Canada
Canada is the world’s 2nd largest nation by complete area after Russia and it has the longest shoreline in the world, with a complete length of 202,080 KM. Canada is a North American nation comprises ten provinces and three territories. Canada consumes a major northern portion of Northern America, spreading land boundaries with the contiguous United States to the south and the US state of Alaska to the northwest. Toronto is the biggest city and Ottawa is the capital city of Canada.
The ten provinces of Canada are as follows
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
The three territories of Canada are as follows:
- North west Territories
Canada is a federal state governed as a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy. Queen Elizabeth II is the head of state. Canadian economy is the 11th largest economy in the world. The Canadian economy is to rule over by the service industry, which provides employment for about three-fourths of the nation’s manpower. But logging and petroleum industries performs very important role in Canadian economy.
As per 2011 census, it has a population of 33.4 million (approx). Officially, Canada has no religion. The 2001 Canadian census reported that 77% of Canadians claim adherence to Christianity, followed by no religion at 16%. Even though the population of Canada is mostly Christian, rates of spiritual sticking with have been continuously reducing. Canada ranks the world’s 12th for Internet users with over 28 million users (approximately 84% of its population are internet users).
People of Canada are very much interested in dance and music. So, it is obviously reflects in traditional and modern dance groups, symphony orchestras, opera companies, and live theater, which are pretty common in Canada. The famous theaters are the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, and the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. English and French are the official languages. Official national sports of Canada are ice hockey and lacrosse.
Education is compulsory ranges between the ages of 14-18 in every province in Canada contributing to an adult literacy rate of 99 percent. Marc Garneau became Canada’s first astronaut in 1984.