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It's the second-largest country in the world (after Russia)

Canada is the US's largest foreign supplier of energy, including oil, gas and electric power

Canada's major banks emerged from the financial crisis of 2008-09 among the strongest in the world

81% of the population live in urban areas

The unemployment rate is 7.5%

Of the labour force, 2% work in agriculture, 13% in manufacturing, 6pc in construction, 76% in services and 3% in other sectors

3.9 million Canadians, or 13% of the population, claim Irish ancestry

Since 2007, the number of Irish emigrating to

Canada has risen by %