Being on the 11th place in the world in terms of GDP, Canada’s economy is one of the most prosperous in the world. Here you will find 13 interesting facts about the economy, consumers, culture and resources of this extraordinary country.
13 amazing facts about Canada
Canada produces maple syrup enough to fill 10 Olympic swimming pools. In 2014 in Canada 2 billion liters of syrup was produced. Only in Quebec about 4 billion liters were produced. And the Olympic swimming pool can accommodate up to 3 million liters of fluid. Quebec is called the “Saudi Arabia on the syrup”.
According to the magazine “The Economist”, 71% of the world production of the syrup comes to Quebec, making it the “Saudi Arabia on the syrup.” In Canada, there is even a Federation of maple syrup producers, which tries to set prices for syrup. OPEC is trying to control oil prices.
In Canada, there is a place with a very low gravity in the world. The weakening of gravity is negligible. A man weighing 68 kg will weigh 283 grams less than, for example, in Hudson Bay (although the weight will remain the same). The weakening was caused by gravity circuit flows in the Earth’s mantle.
Canada’s Forests can fill Japan, Italy, Cambodia, Nicaragua, France, Germany, Ghana, Cameroon, Sweden, South Korea, Uruguay and the United Kingdom. In Canada, there are 348 million hectares of forest. Scientists estimate that the number of such forests can cover all of the above countries.
On the island of Newfoundland every year 500-600 accidents involving moose happen The island of Newfoundland has the largest concentration of moose in the world. And it is not surprising that every year there are so many accidents involving them. Approximately 5 out of 10 lead to serious injury, and an average of 1 accident with fatal consequences. Now the government, concerned about the problem, plans to reduce this kind of accidents.
Though traditional Canadian dish is poutine – potatoes with cheese, – nevertheless, Canadians tend to prefer pasta from the company «Kraft Macaroni & Cheese». According to some estimates, they eat more than Americans.
The name “Canada” appeared in the 16th century due to a linguistic misunderstanding. In 1536 the French explorer Jacques overheard the Iroquois called the settlements “rope”, which roughly means “village” or “settlement”. This word was used so often, that Jacques Cartier suggested that the name of the land.
Huge reserves of crude oil in Canada.
Approximately 15% of Canadians visit the coffee shop «Tim Hortons» every day. According to calculations «Tim Hortons» 2014 15% of Canadians (or about 5.3-5.4 mln people) visited this network cafe every day.
75% of Canadians live 60 km from the US border. Canada is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Most of northern Canada area is relatively empty due to the low temperatures. In California there are more people than in Canada. Canada at least has approximately the same size as the United States.
Canada has the 4th city in the world in the number of French-speaking people. The three most “French-speaking” cities in the world are Paris, France; Kinshasa, Congo and Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Montreal ranks 4th in the ranking, as the French say there are 4.02 million people. In Canada, there is a national park more than the whole territory of Switzerland.
National Park Wood Buffalo area of 44 807 km2 is located in Alberta. There is home to the largest population of wild bison in North America. For comparison, dimensions of Switzerland are 41,284 km2.