Canada is the world's second
largest country after Russia by covering the northern two-fifths of Northern America.
The capital of this country, which stretches 4.600 km from north to south and
5.380 km from east to west, is Ottawa. However, Canada is one of the most
thinly populated countries.
The highest mountain of
Canada, Mount Logan is situated in the Canadian Cordillera. Canada's rivers and
lakes are sensations, too.
5 rivers, the St. Lawrence River, the
Mackenzie River, the Yukon, the Fraser and the Nelson river,
are among the worlds largest 40. Lake Superior, Lake Huron, both shared with
the USA, the Great Bear and the Great Slave belong to the 11 biggest lakes in
climate is dominated by extreme long and cold winters. With
the exception of the Pacific coast.
Flora & Fauna
Just 8% of Canada's land
area is farmland, more than 30% of Canada is forest.
The forest between Newfoundland and the Yukon is one of the worlds biggest.
More northern areas are occupied by tundra and the arctic islands are covered
by permanent ice caps. Some characteristic animals are the moose, the beavers,
and the Canada lynx.
Canada's population consists
of two main and several smaller national groups. About 25% are British and 25%
are French. The remaining 50% are mainly German, Ukrainian, Italian, Chinese,
American Indian and Inuit, the native Canadian peoples. The principal Religion
of Canada is Roman Catholism. English and French are principally spoken
When the Europeans came to
Canada, there were about 200.000 Indians. They lived from fishing and hunting.
During the next 300 years they were reduced by new diseases and alcohol. Since
1910 their number has been increasing again.
Government and Social Conditions
Canada is a federal state
with a parliamentary political system. Governmental structure is based on both
the British North America Act of 1867 and unwritten customs. Britain´s
influence ended with the Constitution Act of 1982. Supreme political authority
rests with Canada's bicameral Parliament, Which consists of a Senate and a
House of Commons. The leader of the majority party becomes automatically the
Each province owns the
ability to organise its own school system. Most children enter elementary
school at the age of 6 or 7 and continue by attending a 4 year secondary
Indian and Inuit inhabited Canada in antiquity. Europeans entered Canada around
1000 AD first. Finishing expeditions in the area around Newfoundland started as
early as 1500 AD and did involve just British and French fisherman- Portugese
and Spanish fished there as well. The first claim was made by the French in
12534 when Jacques Cartier entered the Gulf of St. Laurence. The first
settlement appeared in Nova Scotia in 1605 and 1608 the French arrived in
Quebec. A serious colonisation started in the mid- 1600´s when the French noticed
the fine furs of Canadian animals. Because of the French's efforts Britain made
its first settlement on the Hudson Bay. That was the beginning of a, more or
less, never-ending rival between the Births and the French Canadians.
the American Revolution a lot of loyalists immigrated to Nova Scotia and the
new established New Brunswick. Due to the growing of colony, the British
divided it into Upper and Lower Canada. Upper Canada mainly was settled by
British people- Lower Canada by French. With the Canada Act the Northern
America Act was transferred to Canada giving it the status of an own state.
Canada Act 1982
Canada Act has been approved by the British Parliament on March, 25th
1982 and has been proclaimed by Queen Elizabeth II. This act had made Canada