Germany and Canada are two countries that most people around the world are relatively familiar with. However, it can sometimes be difficult to get a good feel for the size differences and similarities between these two countries.
Comparing some of their features, such as area, population, and landscape features, can help to paint a clearer picture of both Canada and Germany.
In land area, Canada is about 3.855 million square miles. Germany, on the other hand, is about 137,988 square miles in size.
This means that, as far as land area goes, Canada is almost 28 times the size of Germany. Because Canada is so large, it contains a wide range of climates, and many temperature and weather patterns can be seen across the country.
Rivers and Lakes
Both Canada and Germany are well-known for their beautiful landscapes. Canada, for example, is home to more lakes than any other country in the world.
Canada actually holds about 62% of all of the world’s lakes, and it has 563 lakes that are larger than 100 square kilometers and 31,752 lakes that are larger than 3 square kilometers.
Germany, on the other hand, is a much smaller country as far as land area goes, so it makes sense that it would have fewer lakes. Germany has between 15,000 and 30,000 lakes, depending on what size is considered a lake and what size is considered to be a large pond.
Canada is also home to many rivers, and there are about 8,500 rivers in the country. In fact, Canada is home to about 20% of the fresh water in the entire world. Germany also has an amazing river system and is home to about 700 rivers.
Although Canada has a larger land area than Germany, Germany has a much higher population. As of 2019, Germany was home to about 83.02 million people, while Canada had a population of about 37.59 million people.
With a population more than double that of Canada, Germany is much more densely populated. Its cities, however, are not quite as populous as Canada’s cities.
Canada’s largest city, Toronto, is home to about 5,429,000 people, while Berlin, which is Germany’s largest city, has a population of about 3,275,000.
Gross Domestic Product
Gross domestic product, or GDP, is a number representing the total value of goods and services produced within a country, and it can give a good view into a country’s economy, population, and growth rate.
Canada’s GDP in 2019 was about 1.736 trillion US dollars. Germany’s GDP as of 2019 was 3.861 trillion US dollars. GDP per capita was 46,445 for Germany and 47,568 for Canada.
Although it’s a smaller country as far as land area goes, Germany’s military is quite a bit larger than Canada’s. The German military consists of about 261,700 people, including active and reserve personnel, while Canada’s military consists of about 71,500 people. Germany’s military also has about 100,000 civilian personnel.
Each military for both countries is divided into land, air, and sea forces. Germany’s army is divided into five divisions, while the navy has two divisions, and the German air force, called the Luftwaffe, has three divisions.
The German army has about 64,000 soldiers, while the navy has slightly less than 17,000 active personnel, and the Luftwaffe has about 27,600 active personnel. The Canadian army, on the other hand, has about 23,000 active personnel and 19,000 reserve soldiers.
The Canadian navy has about 3,800 sailors, 3,600 reserve personnel, and 3,600 civilian personnel, while the Royal Canadian Air Force has about 14,500 regular personnel, 2,600 reserve personnel, and about 2,500 civilian personnel.
How a country defines a city or town can vary from place to place, so getting an accurate count of cities in a country can sometimes be a bit tricky. Germany considers a city to be an area with more than 100,000 inhabitants. This means that there are about 79 cities in Germany.
Things get even more complicated when we look at Canadian city requirements. Canadian city requirements vary within each territory and province, and populations must be anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 people in order to qualify.
By adding up all of the qualifying cities in every province and territory except Quebec, we can find that Canada has 165 cities. Although areas can be designated as cities in Quebec, the province so far has only used the terms township and municipalities for its higher-population areas and thus has no actual cities.
Canada has 13 international airports, serving air transport from around the world. Surprisingly, Germany has 36 international airports.
It may seem strange that Germany has so many more international airports than Canada, but it makes sense when we consider that Germany is a small country surrounded by many other small countries.
The size of the airports in Germany may not all be as large as the ones in Canada, but they may serve international travel and transport to other nearby European countries.
There are 97 universities in Canada, and 380 universities in Germany. Many of Germany’s universities are public ones, and these universities offer a wide range of study options.
Canada’s universities offer courses that are taught in both French and English. The majority of the French universities are located in Quebec, where French is the dominant language.
Healthcare is important to both Canada and Germany, and this can be seen in the number of hospitals in each country.
Canada has about 1,200 hospitals, while Germany has about 2,000 hospitals. Because of hospital reforms in Germany and a decrease in rural populations, the number of hospitals in Germany has seen a steady decline since the mid-2010s.
Because it’s so much larger in land area, Canada has many more miles of highway than Germany. Canada’s highways stretch for about 23,612 miles, crisscrossing the country.
Germany’s autobahn system of highways, on the other hand, is only about 8,000 miles, although it’s supplemented by other federal freeways and roads. Many people are familiar with the famous autobahn system as it’s one of the only highway systems in the world to have no speed limit.
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