Canada

  • Canada is the second largest country in the world (385,0000 mi²) with the longest coastline in the world.
  • It consists of ten provinces and three territories.
  • Population: 33,400,000 (90 percent of the people live within 100 miles of the US border)
  • Capital: Ottawa
  • Language: French/English
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world's lakes combined (about 1/5 of the world's fresh water)
  • Yonge Street is the longest street in the world (1,178 mi) and the Trans-Canada highway (4,860 mi) is the longest highway in the world.
  • Canadian bank notes are made of polymer to make it harder to counterfeit, and they also have Braille-like markings for the blind.
  • Canada consumes more doughnuts and macaroni & cheese than any other nation in the world. According to 2014 estimates from Tim Hortons, 15% of Canadians visit the coffee-and-donut chain every day.
  • Canada has a strategic maple syrup reserve to ensure global supply in case of emergency.
  • Canada has a high standard of living, and a very low crime rate with a highly developed mixed economy dominated by the service industry, which employs about three quarters of Canadians.
  • Canada is considered an "energy superpower" due to its abundant natural resources. Canada has the third largest oil reserves of any country in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.
  • The country is the third largest proven petroleum reserves and the fourth largest exporter of natural gas. It has the 8th largest commercial fishing and seafood industry in the world.
  • Canada also has a sizable manufacturing sector, based in Central Canada, with the automobile industry and aircraft industry being especially important.
  • Over 20% of Canada's population is foreign-born.
  • With the highest quality of life in the world, Canada is considered to be a great place to raise a family.
  • Canada is the world's most educated country: over half its residents have college degrees.
  • Residents of Churchill, Canada, leave their cars unlocked to offer an escape for pedestrians who might encounter Polar Bears.
  • When flights got diverted or grounded during 9/11, Canada housed, fed, and sheltered over 33,000 passengers.
  • Lacrosse is the official sport of Canada, yet ice hockey is the most played sport.

Sources: thebalance.com; nationfacts.net; factslides.com; Wikipedia - Economy of Canada