Canada vs the World Canada's place in the rank

How does Canada compare to the rest of the world?


Map of Canada

Canada is located north of the United States, making it the very north of North America. It borders the North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean and the Arctic Ocean. Canada’s geographic coordinates are 60 00 N, 95 00 W. It has a total area of 9,984,670 sq km which makes it slightly bigger than the Unites states.

Land Use

Agriculture in Canada
  • 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

  • Canada is great country but not does not always give you the weather you want
  • Permafrost is a issue in the north
  • Cyclonic storms cause problems in the Rocky mountains

Environmental Issues

Alberta Tar Sands Cause many Environmental issues
  • Vehicle transitions cause problems for agricultural movement
  • Lakes and rivers are affected by acid rain
  • Mining, oil, industrial actions contaminate ocean waters

Public and Society

  • Population: 35,362,905 as of July 2016
  • Population growth rate: 0.74% as of 2016, 146th in the world, behind brazil and ahead of belgium
  • Life expectancy:
  • total population: 81.9 years
  • male: 79.2 years
  • female: 84.6 years as of 2016
  • country comparison to the world: 19th , behind jersey and ahead of france

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) as of 2016


  • urban population: 81.8% of total population as of 2015
  • rate of urbanization: 1.22% annual rate of change as of 2015
  • Total fertility rate:
  • 1.6 children born/woman as of 2016
  • country comparison to the world: 183rd, behind China and ahead of Estonia
  • Health Expenditures:
  • 10.4% of GDP (2014)
  • country comparison to the world: 15th, behind Denmark and and ahead of Belgium


  • Canada is advanced in technology and the industrial society in the trillions rank. It matches the US in terms of market orientated economic system. The Canadian economy has shown a steady growth ever since the World War along with the US. The production of manufacturing, mining and other industries have improved across the board. Canada hold itself at third in proved oil reserves next to Saudi Arabia and it is world'd fifth largest oil producer.
  • US is Canada's biggest trading partner and in 1989, there is a free trade agreement between the two nations. In 1994, there was the North American free trade agreement and mexico was included in the deal as well.

GDP (purchasing power parity)

  • $1.674 trillion in 2016
  • $1.655 trillion in 2015
  • $1.638 trillion in 2014
  • country comparison to the world: 17th behind Spain and in front of Turkey
  • GDP (official exchange rate):
  • $1.532 trillion in 2015
  • GDP - real growth rate:
  • 1.2% in 2016
  • 1.1% in 2015
  • 2.5% in 2014
  • country comparison to the world: 169th behind Saudi Arabia and in front of Micronesia
  • GDP - per capita (PPP):
  • $46,200 in 2016
  • $46,200 in 2015
  • $46,100 in 2014
  • country comparison to the world: 32nd behind Sao Tome and Principe and ahead of Equatorial Guinea
  • GDP - composition, by end use:
  • household consumption: 57.9%
  • government consumption: 21.3%
  • investment in fixed capital: 22.2%
  • investment in inventories: 0.3%
  • exports of goods and services: 31.9%
  • imports of goods and services: -33.6% as of 2016
  • GDP - composition, by sector of origin:
  • agriculture: 1.6%
  • industry: 27.7%
  • services: 70.7% as of 2016
  • Unemployment rate:
  • 7.1% in 2016
  • 6.9% 2015
  • country comparison to the world: 83rd behind Chile and ahead of Bolivia
  • Poverty line: 9.4%
  • External debt:
  • $1.608 trillion in 2016
  • $1.55 trillion in 2015
  • country comparison to the world: 14th behind Switzerland and ahead of Belgium
  • Imports:
  • $419 billion in 2016
  • $428.7 billion in 2015
  • country comparison to the world: 9th behind Hong Kong and ahead of South Korea
  • External debt:
  • $1.608 trillion as of March 2016
  • $1.55 trillion as of March 2015
  • country comparison to the world: 14 between switzerland and belgium
  • Exports:
  • motor vehicles and parts, industrial machinery, aircraft, telecommunications equipment; chemicals, plastics, fertilizers; wood pulp, timber, crude petroleum, natural gas, electricity, aluminum
  • Trading partner
  • US 76.7% in 2015




  • Telephones - fixed lines:
  • total subscriptions: 15.902 million
  • subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 45 as of July 2015
  • country comparison to the world: 17 behind Spain and Taiwan
  • Telephones - mobile cellular:
  • total: 29.39 million
  • subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 84 (July 2015 est.)
  • country comparison to the world: 44 between Burma and Chile

Internet users

  • Internet country code: .ca
  • Internet users:
  • total: 31.053 million
  • percent of population: 88.5% (July 2015 est.)
  • country comparison to the world: 21st behind Spain and Poland

How Canada is perceived around the world (CBC article)

  • People are usually interested in what other people think of us and Canadians are no different
  • We like to think that Canada is a great country and a lot of us take pride in that
  • CBC asked 7,000 other academics who lecture about Canada what they think about Canada
  • For Slovenia, Canada is “ bathed in a glow” because there are many family relations linked up from Slovenia to Canada
  • Irene Salverda from the Netherlands thinks of Canada as the “European version of America” because Canada is loaded of pure elegance in terms of beauty. The dutch like how Canadians are nice and “down to Earth”.
  • Slovakia usually hear nothing about Canada and see it as a superior form of United States
  • Even though Canada borders the US, americans hardly know much about Canadians. There are a large of Canadians who visit US once in awhile and there are barely any americans who visit Canada in comparison
  • Israel thinks of Canada as a nation who has matured over years and established its own status. Canada is a democratic country with open minded people
  • Canada has a democratic government but the Chinese see it a political system that is not authoritative
  • Shilpa Bat from India thinks that Canada and India should improve industrial expansion
  • Germans view Canada as a good example multicultural nation
  • Other than literature, Canada is usually a topic that is not talked about
  • Polish see Canada as a new nation with interesting past/history, is great role model for immigrants and just for being a happy bunch
  • Canada is significant in south america because it is example of what democracy and freedom should look like. Venezuelans view Canada as a peacemaker mentor
  • North Ireland follows laws for immigrants and are impressed by how Canada transformed itself
  • Canada's guidelines on climate change, renewable energy, water sanitation and consumption, are viewed by the Mexicans something to look up to and pursued.


  • Canada’s concern is that not a lot of countries know much about our country. We are the second biggest land mass and people think of us as the country besides America. Countries like Slovenia never hear about Canada which can be a good thing as in Canada never cause much trouble but a concerning thing because we are not well known by our neighboring country and our biggest trading partner. Canada also has a huge external debt of 1.608 trillion and ranks 14th in the world. This is a concerning for a country with only 35 million.

Canada's biggest strength is the great quality of life and how advanced the country is. The life expectancy is 81.3 years which ranks 19th in the world. The total internet users in Canada is 88.5% and 84% of people have cell phones. Canada is seen as a role model by Mexico, Northern Ireland and many other countries on how a country should be. Canada’s biggest weakness is that the amount stuff we use for a country who is small in terms of population. We have have a external debt of 1.608 trillion and our employment rate is pretty high at 7.1%. 7.1 % is high for country like Canada who is so advanced and seen as a role model

Compared to other countries, Canada has stable economy and welfare. Our fertility rate is 1.6 which is solid and we are not going to experience overpopulation problem anytime soon. We are the second biggest nation in the world and we can so much more room to improve. Majority if the countries at have a positive perception of Canada. We accept many refugees and immigrants and do a lot to make Canada a place they can call “home”. We also have free health care.

Canada is not better off without other countries because it trades and gets a lot of materials for mother countries, especially the United States. 76.7% is the percent of trade that Canada trades with US.


"What the rest of the world thinks of Canada." CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 03 July 2015. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

"The World Factbook: CANADA." Central Intelligence Agency. Central Intelligence Agency, 12 Jan. 2017. Web. 21 Feb. 2017.

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