Happy Canada Day! … Happy (early) Independence Day!

20140701-canada_day-02 Happy Birthday, Canada! Today, you celebrate your 147th birthday!

And, America, your birthday is only a few short days away on July 4th, where you’ll be celebrating your 238th birthday!

Canada U.S.A.
Founded July 1, 1867 July 4, 1776
Flag
adopted on
Feb. 15, 1965

adopted on
Jul. 4, 1960
Flag Symbolism •   Red is the symbol of Canadian sacrifice during World Wars. White is the symbol of peace and tranquility, reflecting neutrality and impartiality of Canadians.
•   Maple leaf began to serve as a Canadian symbol as early as 1700.
•   The Canadian flag is sometimes referred to as the Maple Leaf flag or, in French, as L’Unifolié, which means “one-leafed”.
•   50 stars represent U.S.A.’s 50 states and the 13 stripes represent the 13 British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and became the first states in the Union.

•   Nicknames for the flag include the “Stars and Stripes”, “Old Glory”, and “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

National Anthem O Canada The Star-Spangled Banner
National Day Canada Day
(July 1st)
Independence Day
(July 4th)
Official Languages English
French
English
System of Measurements Metric Units Customary Units
(virtually identical to the British Imperial units with some differences)
Continent North American North American
Coordinates 62.2270° N, 105.3809° W 40.0000° N, 100.0000° W
Regions •   10 provinces
•   3 territories
•   50 states
•   1 federal district (District of Columbia – Washington, D.C)
•   5 territories with commonwealth status
Population 35 million 317 million
Land Area 10 million sq. km. /
3.85 million sq. miles
9.6 million sq. km. /
3.7 million sq. miles
Annual GDP 1,825,096 Million $ 16,803,000 Million $
Kind of Government •   Constitutional Monarchy
•   Federal (Federation)
•   Parliamentary Democracy
•   Constitutional
•   Federal (Federation)
•   Presidential
•   Republic
Federal Capital Ottawa, ON Washingon, D.C.
Elected Federal Government Official Canadian Prime Minister:
– 1st: Sir John A. Macdonald (1867)
– Current: Stephen Harper
U.S. President:
– 1st: George Washington (1789)
– Current: Barack Obama

Wishing you happy and safe national celebrations!

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  •   Wikipedia: History of Canada | Languages of Canada
  •   Statistics Canada (StatCan)
  •   Wikipedia: History of United States | Languages of United States
  •   United States Census Bureau
  •   World Atlas: All Countries of the World Listed by Land Area

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