Why are Canadians so poor

People of Canada

We cultivate prejudices about every country and its people: Just as the Germans are by definition hardworking and punctual, we also assign supposedly apt characteristics to the people of other countries. This generalization is often based on (a few) personal experiences and helps to give us a first impression of people. But how are the Canadians now?

If you believe the Americans, the Canadians are a very friendly, polite people, maybe a bit narrow-minded and stiff, but otherwise very sociable. The only problem is: Who are "the Canadians" anyway? If you take a closer look, you will notice that “Canadians” do not exist, cannot exist. After all, there is not even a consensus everywhere in Canada about which language is the official language.

In the following sections you will find some basic information about the people who call Canada their home, their cultures and languages, their festivals and traditions. They may not help you with the question of how "the Canadians" are to be assessed - but they do help to understand the specifics of Canadian society, which should also be taken into account when traveling through the country.

People in Canada © iStockphoto / Siddhartha Tamang

About half of Canadians are not French or British. Approximately 38 million people currently live in Canada.

One can say that Canada is a classic immigration country and has a very large ethnic and cultural diversity. 28 percent are descendants of French immigrants. The official languages ​​are English and French. The majority of French-speaking Canadians live in the province of Quebec, where French-Canadians make up 78 percent of the population. In addition, descendants of immigrants from many other European countries such as Germany, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands and the Ukraine live in Canada. During the last few years there has been an increasing amount of immigration from Asia, especially from India, Vietnam and Hong Kong.