Canada is a country of vast distances and rich natural beauty. Canada’s economic, cultural, linguistic and social characteristics are very similar to those of its southern neighbour, the United States, but there are also important differences, especially in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. On the one hand, more than 20% of Canadians (especially, but not only, in Quebec) speak French as their first language. There are also some Spanish speakers in Toronto and Montreal, but this is a small percentage compared to the United States. In addition, while Canada has slightly more land than the US, it has only a tenth of the population, most of whom live within 200 km of the Canada-US border. Vast areas further north are very sparsely populated, and some are almost uninhabited wilderness areas. A population comparison that surprises many: more African Americans live in the United States than Canadian citizens.
Although Canada is a medium-sized country in terms of population (34 million), it has gained respect on the international stage and is consistently ranked as one of the wealthiest, least corrupt and most liveable nations in the world.
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