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Canada - The Facts

  • Full name: Canada 
  • Population: 32.9 million (UN, 2007) 
  • Capital: Ottawa 
  • Largest city: Toronto 
  • Area: 9.9 million sq km (3.8 million sq miles) 
  • Major languages: English, French (both official) 
  • Major religion: Christianity 
  • Life expectancy: 78 years (men), 83 years (women) (UN) 
  • Monetary unit: 1 Canadian dollar = 100 cents 
  • Main exports: Machinery and equipment, automotive products, metals and plastics, forestry products, agricultural and fishing products, energy products
  • GNI per capita: US $32,600 (World Bank, 2006) 
  • Internet domain: .ca 
  • International dialling code: +1 
  • Head of state: Queen Elizabeth II, represented by Governor-General Michaelle Jean 
  • Prime minister: Stephen Harper
  • The press
    • The Globe and Mail - Toronto-based national daily
    • La Presse - Montreal-based daily
    • The Toronto Sun - daily
    • National Post - daily
    • Le Journal de Montreal - daily
    • Vancouver Sun - daily
    • The Gazette - Montreal-based daily
    • The Toronto Star - daily
    • Maclean's - weekly news magazine
  • Television
    • CBC - public, operates English-language national network and cable news channel CBC Newsworld
      Société Radio-Canada - public, operates national French-language network and cable news channel RDI
    • CTV - major commercial network
    • TVA - major French-language commercial network
    • Aboriginal People's TV Network (APTN) - Winnipeg-based national network, via cable and satellite
    • CPAC - parliamentary and political channel
    • CRTC- regulatory body; the CRTC website has information about the main TV groups and their services
  • Radio
    • CBC - public, operates English-language network Radio One and cultural network Radio Two
    • Société Radio-Canada - public, operates French-language services Première Chaîne and Espace Musique
    • Radio Canada International - external service run by CBC
    • CRTC- regulatory body; the CRTC website has information about the main radio groups and their stations
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