Canada is situated on the North American continent. It is the second largest country in the world after Russia. Canada is washed by three oceans: the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Arctic ones.
The capital of Canada is Ottawa with a population of more than 300 thousand people. Canada is a multicultural country. There are the European, Arabian, Asian and African diaspora.
The official languages of Canada are English and French. The Canadians profess a lot of religions. 77 % of the Canadian people consider themselves as Christians, most of them are Catholics.
Canada is a federal state. The official head of state is the Queen of the United Kingdom, represented in Canada by the Governor-General.
The interior of the country is a plain. Canada shares four of the five Great Lakes — Superior, Huron, Erie and Ontario, with the USA.
W inter s in Canada last from 4 t o 5 months with heavy snowfalls. Summer temperatures can reach from 35°c till 40°c. The climate of Canada is characterized by cold winters and mild summers with long days.
Canada is a great industrial country and manufacturing is the leading sector of its economy. Canada is an important producer of oil, gas, paper and electricity from hydroelectric stations. Also Canada traditionally exports wheat, oats, sugar beet, soy-beans, tobacco and potatoes.
Canada has produced many world-famous pop, folk and jazz musicians. Many well-known filmmakers and actors were born and lived in Canada for a long time. Jim Carrey – a Canadian-American comedian, actor, screenwriter and producer.
Sport takes an important place in the lives of the Canadians. The official winter sport of Canada is hockey. Curling and Canadian football are a lso popular in the country.
The Canadian symbols are the maple leaf and maple syrup. The maple leaf is used as a Canadian national symbol since the 18th century and is depicted on the flag of Canada.