Canada vs the World by: Yelizaveta

CIA World Factbook

Geography: Natural resources; iron ore, nickel, zinc, copper, gold, lead, rare earth elements, molybdenum, potash, diamonds, silver, fish, timber, wildlife, coal, petroleum, natural gas, hydro-power

Land Use; agricultural land: 6.8%

arable land 4.7%; permanent crops 0.5%; permanent pasture 1.6%

forest: 34.1%

other: 59.1% (2011 est.)

Natural Hazards; continuous permafrost in north is a serious obstacle to development; cyclonic storms form east of the Rocky Mountains, a result of the mixing of air masses from the Arctic, Pacific, and North American interior, and produce most of the country's rain and snow east of the mountains

volcanism: the vast majority of volcanoes in Western Canada's Coast Mountains remain dormant

Environmental Issues; metal smelting, coal-burning utilities, and vehicle emissions impacting on agricultural and forest productivity; air pollution and resulting acid rain severely affecting lakes and damaging forests; ocean waters becoming contaminated due to agricultural, industrial, mining, and forestry activities

People and society: Population; 35,362,905 (July 2016 est.)

country comparison to the world: 39

Age structure/Dependency; 0-14 years: 15.44% (male 2,799,758/female 2,661,645)

15-24 years: 12.12% (male 2,204,127/female 2,080,587)

25-54 years: 40.32% (male 7,231,200/female 7,028,692)

55-64 years: 13.94% (male 2,443,452/female 2,484,788)

65 years and over: 18.18% (male 2,863,114/female 3,565,542) (2016 est.)

Population Growth Rate; 0.74% (2016 est.)

Urbanization; urban population: 81.8% of total population (2015)

rate of urbanization: 1.22% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)

Life Expectancy; total population: 81.9 years

male: 79.2 years

female: 84.6 years (2016 est.)

country comparison to the world: 19

Total Fertility Rate; 1.6 children born/woman (2016 est.)

country comparison to the world: 183

Health Expenditures; 10.4% of GDP (2014)

country comparison to the world: 15

Economy: Gross Domestic Production (GDP); $1.674 trillion (2016 est.)

$1.655 trillion (2015 est.)

$1.638 trillion (2014 est.)

note: data are in 2016 dollars

country comparison to the world: 17

GDP (official exchange rate):

$1.532 trillion (2015 est.)

GDP - real growth rate:

1.2% (2016 est.)

1.1% (2015 est.)

2.5% (2014 est.)

country comparison to the world: 169

GDP - per capita (PPP):

$46,200 (2016 est.)

$46,200 (2015 est.)

$46,100 (2014 est.)

note: data are in 2016 dollars

country comparison to the world: 32

Unemployment Rate; 7.1% (2016 est.)

6.9% (2015 est.)

country comparison to the world: 83

Exports; $402.4 billion (2016 est.)

$411 billion (2015 est.)

country comparison to the world: 12

Exports - commodities:

motor vehicles and parts, industrial machinery, aircraft, telecommunications equipment; chemicals, plastics, fertilizers; wood pulp, timber, crude petroleum, natural gas, electricity, aluminum

Exports - partners:

US 76.7% (2015)


$419 billion (2016 est.)

$428.7 billion (2015 est.)

country comparison to the world: 9

Imports - commodities:

machinery and equipment, motor vehicles and parts, crude oil, chemicals, electricity, durable consumer goods

Imports - partners:

US 53.1%, China 12.2%, Mexico 5.8% (2015)

External Debt; $1.608 trillion (31 March 2016 est.)

$1.55 trillion (31 March 2015 est.)

country comparison to the world: 14

Communications: Telephones; total subscriptions: 15.902 million

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 45 (July 2015 est.)

country comparison to the world: 17

Telephones - mobile cellular:

total: 29.39 million

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 84 (July 2015 est.)

country comparison to the world: 44

Telephone system:

general assessment: excellent service provided by modern technology

domestic: domestic satellite system with about 300 earth stations

international: country code - 1; submarine cables provide links to the US and Europe; satellite earth stations - 7 (5 Intelsat - 4 Atlantic Ocean and 1 Pacific Ocean, and 2 Intersputnik - Atlantic Ocean region) (2011)

Internal Users; total: 31.053 million

percent of population: 88.5% (July 2015 est.)

country comparison to the world: 21

Article Summary : How Canada is perceived around the world

Michelle Gadpaillc, Slovenia

"Canada is that many are linked by family: every cabdriver here has an uncle in Vancouver, and is sure that I must know him." Michelle teaches English leterature, when asking students what they think of when they think about Canada they think about her.

Irene Salverda, the Netherlands

-The European version of America

-States that people in Amsterdam treat Canadians better than Americans

Lucia Otrisalova, Slovakia

-Canada is viewed better than United States

-Better life for refugee

-Canada has a better reputation than any other countries stayed by International report.


1. Canadian people are hard-workers, and have humanity and love for other people like no other country, that what makes Canada be strong. Canada has no weaknesses because as long as people continue to be humans and do what they do, Canada will always be strong.

2. The relationship with the First Nations and their peoples is the biggest issue Canada faces. To continue to ignore their culture, their dignity, their rights and their treaties will continue to have adverse effects on the economy and environment. They have always been diligent caretakers of the environment, though much of that care is no longer under their jurisdiction. The indigenous are a vital part of this great country.

Patricia Lewis, Calgary.

Today's letters: What is the biggest issue facing Canada?

Paul Russell -

3. Canadians definitely should be proud of their country because Canada has all essential resources for living, especially clean water. Also by how people treat each other and how everyone has rights and freedom of speech.

4. Every country is unique in their own way. Canada can be the same as some Countries, Canada can be better than some countries because some countries don't have a freedom of speech or equality, but Canada will never be worth than some countries.

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