Sunday, April 5, 2009



Of course, with 9,984,670 km2, Canada is the second largest country in the world, covering 6.7% of Earth’s surface (Russia is the largest country at 17,098,242 km2). Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy tides sometimes 12 metres high are the highest in the world.

Of greater interest and importance may be some of these rankings.

Canada’s banking system has withstood the financial crisis while other countries banking systems like the U.S. are in such dire straits? In 2008, the World Economic Forum ranked Canada’s banking system the healthiest in the world. The U.S. was ranked 40th. Canada’s system has much stronger federal regulations and lower mandatory leverage ratios. Canada’s firms never engaged in subprime mortgage lending. For over a decade, Canada has posted budget surpluses; only in the last quarter did they enter into a recession. That’s very impressive.

According to The International Monetary Fund Canada had the ninth largest economy in the world at $1.432 trillion in 2007. Canada is immediately behind Spain and just ahead of Brazil.

Canadians can expect to live 80.34 years; the life expectancy for men is 76.98 years and for women it’s 83.86 years. This according to the 2008 CIA World Factbook which places us tenth.

In 2007, Canada had an average of 1.85 murders per 100,000 people. Canada is ranked 71st in this category with 43 countries having lower murder rates than us, among them are Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Greece, and Norway.

Lonely Planet recently named Canada one of the Top 10 Countries to visit in 2009.
Ranked by Country Brand Index, Canada has jumped from the world’s 12th most respected country brand to No. 2. Australia is first.

Canada is the friendliest country in the world; this is the finding of a survey conducted by the HSBC Bank. With 48 countries surveyed, Canadians were the most friendly towards newcomers, followed by Germans and Australians.

The 2009 Climate Change Performance Index places Canada next to last out of 57 industrialized nations and emerging economies in its efforts to reduce emissions in keeping with its Protocol targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
In a survey of 130 countries by The Global Gender Gap Report 2008 Canadian women rank 31st in terms of equality.

At 214 doctors per 100,000 people Canada ranks 54th in the world in physician availability says the The Truth About Canada.

According to The Economist Intelligence Unit, Canada is the fourth best country in the world to do business in for the next five years.

The Global Peace Index (2008) is an attempt to rank countries by their peacefulness and Canada ranked eighth in the world in 2007.

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