Friday, 12 July 2013


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Canada Flag Coat of arms Motto: "A Mari Usque Ad Mare" (Latin) "From Sea to Sea" Anthem: "O Canada" Royal anthem: "God Save the Queen" Capital Ottawa 45°24′N 75°40′W / 45.400°N 75.667°W / 45.400; -75.667 Largest city Toronto Official languages English French Recognised regional languages Chipewyan Cree Gwich'in Inuinnaqtun Inuktitut Inuvialuktun Slavey (North / South) Tłįchǫ Demonym Canadian Government Federal parliamentary democracy under constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Elizabeth II  -  Governor General David Johnston  -  Prime Minister Stephen Harper  -  Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin Legislature Parliament  -  Upper house Senate  -  Lower house House of Commons Establishment from the United Kingdom  -  Constitution Act July 1, 1867   -  Statute of Westminster December 11, 1931   -  Canada Act April 17, 1982  Area  -  Total 9,984,670 km2 (2nd) 3,854,085 sq mi   -  Water (%) 8.92 (891,163 km2 / 344,080 mi2) Population  -  2011 census 33,476,688 (35th)  -  Density 3.41/km2 (228th) 8.3/sq mi GDP (PPP) 2013 estimate  -  Total $1.535 trillion (13th)  -  Per capita $43,594 (9th) GDP (nominal) 2013 estimate  -  Total $1.844 trillion (11th)  -  Per capita $52,364 (10th) Gini (2005) 32.1 medium · 103rd HDI (2013)  0.911 very high · 11th Currency Canadian dollar ($) (CAD) Time zone (UTC−3.5 to −8)  -  Summer (DST)  (UTC−2.5 to −7) Date format dd-mm-yyyy mm-dd-yyyy yyyy-mm-dd (CE) Drives on the right Calling code +1 ISO 3166 code CA Internet TLD .ca

Canada i/ˈkænədə/ is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada is the world's second-largest country by total area, and its common border with the United States is the world's longest land border shared by the same two countries.

The land that is now Canada has been inhabited for millennia by various Aboriginal peoples. Beginning in the late 15th century, British and French colonial expeditions explored, and later settled, the region's Atlantic coast. France ceded nearly all of its colonies in North America to the United Kingdom in 1763 after the French and Indian War, which was essentially the North American theatre of the Seven Years' War. In 1867, with the union of three British North American colonies through Confederation, Canada was formed as a federal dominion of four provinces. This began an accretion of provinces and territories and a process of increasing autonomy, culminating in the Canada Act 1982.

Canada is a federal state governed as a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. The country is officially bilingual and multicultural at the federal level, with a population of approximately 35 million as of 2013. Canada's advanced economy is one of the largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed trade networks, especially with the United States, with which it has had a long and complex relationship.

Canada is a developed country, with the ninth highest per capita income globally, and the 11th highest Human Development Index ranking. It ranks among the highest in international measurements of education, government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, and economic freedom. Canada is a recognized middle power and a member of many international institutions, including the G7, G8, G20, ICCPR, NATO, NAFTA, OECD, WTO, Commonwealth of Nations, Francophonie, OAS, APEC, and the United Nations.

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