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A country and its facts and figures: Canada


Generally speaking, determining country-name etymology is quite difficult. What is the significance of a name? What´s the story behind it? That isn´t the case for Canada. The story has been handed down over the ages – the name is the result of a charming misunderstanding.

In the language of the Iroquois, Canada´s native people, the word “kanata” means a “cluster of dwellings” or a “Settlement”. In the 16th century the French explorer Jacques Cartier sailed to North America. Because the Iroquois used the term kanata so often, Cartier misunderstood the word to mean the entire territory rather than the generic noun for a settlement. And that is how kanata became Canada.

National Flag Day
The maple leaf has been a symbol of Canada´s diverse and often spectacular natural environment for a very long time. Over the years, another facet has been added to this Symbol – the people of Canada also identify with the maple leaf. It is to be found on the reverse face of Canadian coins, for example, and an image of the maple leaf has appeared on the Canadian flag since 1965. It replaced the Union Flag of Great Britain – symbolizing Canada´s growing independence and autonomy. The historian George Stanley designed the present – day Canadian national flag, which was inaugurated on February 15, 1965. Since then, the “National Flag of Canada Day” is observed annually on that date.

Canada Facts
  • Population. 36 million
  • Total area: 10 million km²
  • Time zones: 6

Ogopogo – the Canadian Loch Ness Monster
The most famous lake monster is undoubtedly the Loch Ness Monster, or “Nessie”. But Nessie is not the only monster of its kind. Another monster in Okanagan Lake, British Columbia, Canada, strikes fear into people´s hearts: Ogopogo is a serpent-like monster 3 to 14 meters long. Its head is said to resemble that of a horse or a goat. Ogopogo is believed to have dark green skin with lots of humps.

Even though the name does not sound all that scary, there is a dark history to Ogopogo. Legend has it that Ogopogo was in cahoots with a serpent-like lake demon called “N´ha-a-itk” that attacked travelers if they did not offer it a living sacrifice. That is why travelers used to take small animals such as hens with them on their journey to placate the lake monster in an emergency.

Freudenberg in Canada
  • Freudenberg has a presence in Canada at a total of 11 locations
  • Each year, Freudenberg in North America organizes a “Service Day” – employees from over 50 locations in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico give back to society through a variety of community service activities in educational institutions, local communities and agricultural enterprises, thus bringing the spirit of social responsibility to life.

Population density per square kilometer
Canada is the second largest country in the world after Russia, and almost 30 times the size of Germany. Roughly 11 percent of the world?s forests are to be found in Canada, so neighbors are quite some distance apart.

Distribution of languages in Canada
Canada is often referred to as a land of immigrants. This is also reflected by the diversity of languages: English and French are the official languages in Canada, but some 20 percent of Canada´s 34 million people have another home language such as German, Punjabi or Spanish.

Freudenberg Group

Together with our customers and with our research partners, we develop leading-edge technologies, products, solutions and services. The innovative strength of Freudenberg has many facets. Having pioneered innovation throughout our history – from chrome tanning and the development of the Simmerring to sophisticated and high-tech medical devices – our company is an innovation champion.

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