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According to Globe and Mail of July 15, 2004, Canada is moving up in the world -
Three countries placed higher on this year's survey -
The UN index first placed Canada at the top of its ranking in 1992. Canada maintained the No.1 spot for almost decade before dropping to third in 2001, behind Norway and Sweden.
The UN ranking includes a variety of criteria including, health, education, life expectancy, income, poverty levels and environmental quality.
There are many reasons to choose Canada as your home.
1. Canada has been voted the number one country in the world to live for almost a decade by the United Nations.
2. Canada is an affluent, high-
3. Canada is a politically stable parliamentary democracy that boasts one of the highest standards of living and longest life span (78 yrs.) in the world.
4. Canada has an official policy of multiculturalism, where immigrants are encouraged to preserve their own cultural heritage.
5. Canada has one of the finest health care systems in the world.
6. Canada is the second largest country in the world with a land area of 9,220,970 sq km and a population of approximately 30 million.
7. Canada is officially bilingual, English and French. Although Canada's official languages are English and French, you will often hear many different languages spoken.
8. Canada's geography is extremely diverse and includes fertile plains, vast mountain ranges, sunny orchards, large lakes, beautiful rivers, wilderness forests, pristine coastline, arctic tundra and permanently frozen ice caps.
9. The economy in Canada is also very diverse and stable. Although traditionally much of Canada's economy was based on natural resources, the economy is now greatly diversified and includes high technology, tourism, manufacturing, information technology, arts and entertainment services. Canada has always been a diverse country and will continue to be so in the future. Approximately 40% of the Canadian population has an origin other than British, French or Aboriginal. In 1971, Canada became the first country in the world to officially adopt a multiculturalism policy. This policy affirms that Canada recognizes and values its rich ethnic and racial diversity. In fact, Canada has often been called a "nation of immigrants". This is because all Canadians (except the Aboriginal people) share common immigrant origins. Canada continues to accept immigrants from every part of the world.
10. Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents enjoy many rights, which are set out by law in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These rights include but are not limited to:
• The right to live in a peaceful democracy
• The right to live and work in any province or territory of your choice
• The right to life, liberty, and security of person
• The right to equal treatment before the law
11. All Canadian citizens or permanent residents have the right to:
• Universal health care
• Free primary and secondary school education
• Freedom of conscience and religion