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Published : Wed, Oct 30, 2019 4:00 PM GMT

Five facts you may not know about Canada

Here are some interesting, but little-known facts, about Canada and Canadians.


1.  Canadians are very happy with their lives, and, apparently with good reason.

Canada is ranked No. 1 in the world for quality of life, according to a study by U.S. News and World Report . Criteria included job market, affordability, economic stability, safety, health system and other factors. Sweden, Denmark and Norway ranked next.

Canada is also rated as the sixth happiest country on the globe, behind only Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. In addition, Canadians are very satisfied. In a research study nine-in-10 said they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with their lives, second behind only Denmark.

2.  Canadians eat more Kraft® Macaroni and Cheese than any other country.

Often referred to as Kraft Dinner or just KD, it is sometimes called the national dinner of Canada. It’s also one of the most purchased items in grocery stores. Canadians also eat more donuts per capita than any country in the world.

3.   “The Maple,” the Canadian flag is unlike most other national flags in the world.

It is twice as long as it is wide.

The Maple Leaf became a national symbol in 1860 when Canadians wore it as a badge to welcome the Prince of Wales for a visit. The red and white colors were suggested by King George I after World War I to honor Canada’s sacrifice of blood (the red) and the bandages soldiers were (white).

4.   Hamilton, Ontario has one of the highest concentrations of falls and cascades in the world.

It has more than 100 falls and cascades. There used to be more, but many disappeared as construction and population increased.

5.  Dawson City, Yukon is home to what may be one of the most unusual drinks in the world.

The Sourtoe Cocktail is made up of whiskey and a human toe.

It is said the Sourtoe Cocktail was invented during prohibition when a rum runner got caught in a blizzard, developed gangrene and a toe had to be amputated (with an axe). During the 1970s, the mummified toe was found in a jar and the idea of the Sourtoe Cocktail was born. The custom: the toe must touch your lips when you drink the whiskey.

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