Canada

PUBLISHED : Friday, 01 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 01 July, 2005, 12:00am

KEY FACTS


Area 9,984,670 sq km


Population 32.8 million


Capital city Ottawa (population 774,072)


Language English and French


Religion 46 per cent Roman Catholic, 36 per cent Protestant, 18 per cent other


Government Confederation with parliamentary democracy


Head of state Queen Elizabeth II (represented by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson since October 7, 1999)


Head of government Prime Minister Paul Martin (since December 12, 2003)


GDP US$1.023 trillion last year


Natural resources Iron ore, nickel, zinc, copper, gold, lead, molybdenum, potash, diamonds, silver, fish, timber, wildlife, coal, petroleum, natural gas, hydropower


Major industries Transport equipment, chemicals, processed and unprocessed minerals, food products, wood and paper products, fish products, petroleum and natural gas


Major trading partners United States, China, Japan and Britain


Sources: CIA World Factbook and Ottawa Counts (www.ottawa.ca)


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