Canada is a country in North America, with over 38 million Canadians as of 2023. Its southern and western border with the United States of America and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. Canada's capital is Ottawa, and its four largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary. And did you know that after Russia, Canada is the largest country by area in the world?
The head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, with the title Queen of Canada. Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth is also Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Crown Prince Charles is head of the Commonwealth of Nations since 2018. Canada is a bilingual country where both the English and French languages have official status.
The inhabitants of Canada are called Canadians. The name Canada is derived from the Native American word kanata, meaning settlement. The land, what is now Canada, was continuously inhabited by Indigenous people such as the Indians and Inuit for thousands of years before it was explored and colonized by Europeans. Beginning with the British and French in the 16th century. France lost its colony of New France to the United Kingdom in 1763. Canada has always been an immigration country and people from all over the world can be found here. For example, many Dutch immigrants moved there in the years after the Second World War, many Ukrainians also settled here and in the 1980s and 1990s many Chinese migrated from Hong Kong to Canada.
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Playing cards or cartes à jouer for Canadian card players were brought from Europe by English and French settlers. In Canada, playing cards were also used as form of emergency money at a time when the colony constantly suffered from a shortage of hard currency such as gold and silver coins. Playing card money was a type of paper money used periodically in New France from 1685 to the British Conques in 1763. Nowadays Canadian playing cards are imported from Austria, Belgium, China, France and the United States of America. The most used Canada playing cards by card enthusiast are American and French oriented playing cards. And some of the most popular card games in Canada are Euchre, Blackjack, Bridge, Canasta, Go Fish, Jass, and Poker.
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