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Fact Sheet

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General Information

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
5-year trade
Canada - European Union
Year Exports Imports
2009 $29,804 $45,396
2010 $34,595 $48,009
2011 $40,110 $52,080
2012 $38,670 $50,566
2013 $33,025 $53,109
Product trade (2013)
21 HS Chapters
Canada - European Union
Chapter Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $402,504,400 $315,608,022
02 Veg. Prod. $1,779,116,894 $451,591,667
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $28,222,690 $168,360,903
04 Food Prod. $441,138,127 $3,251,650,200
05 Mineral Prod. $4,545,024,840 $4,798,083,925
06 Chemical Prod. $3,166,339,468 $9,085,919,458
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $360,411,020 $1,473,811,603
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $137,193,921 $438,665,342
09 Wood Prod. $437,152,307 $203,212,232
10 Paper Prod. $600,942,527 $654,526,688
11 Textiles Prod. $174,058,816 $823,996,804
12 Dress Access. $22,435,369 $311,946,956
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $54,871,532 $652,225,251
14 Precious Metals/stones $9,828,816,698 $965,713,770
15 Base Metal Prod. $2,545,500,723 $2,884,345,453
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $4,244,173,686 $13,872,419,314
17 Vehicles and Equip. $2,243,343,785 $8,245,039,399
18 Specialized Inst. $978,019,308 $2,633,964,899
19 Arms & Ammunition $77,385,172 $109,348,682
20 Misc. Articles $276,533,913 $930,052,703
21 Antiques $55,345,335 $110,172,999

Capital: Brus., Stras., Lux.
Population (million): 0
Total Area: 4,422,773km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 0.73 EURO (EUR)(2013)
National Holiday: May 9 (Schuman Day)
Language(s): 24 official, 3 working: English, French and German


Political Information

Type of State:
Union of member states

Type of Government:
Institutions: European Council, Council of the EU, European Commission, European Parliament, Court of Justice, European Court of Auditors, European Central Bank. Rotating EU Presidency: Lithuania: July 1 - December 31 2013 Greece: January 1 - June 30 2014

Head of State:
President Euro. Council Herman Van Rompuy

Head of Government:
President European Commission José Manuel Durão Barroso

Ministers:
High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy: Catherine Ashton
Commissioner for Trade, Karel De Gucht

Main Political Parties:
Seat distribution: (European Parliament) Group of the European People’s Party 275 Group of the the progressive alliance of socialists and democrats: 195 Group of the alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe: 84 Greens/European Free Alliance: 58 European Conservatives and Reformists: 56 Europe of Freedom and Democracy: 33 Confederal Group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left: 35 Non-attached: 29

Elections:
European Parliament: 766 members (5 year terms) on 4-7 June 2009 (To become 751 at next elections) in 2014


Economic Information (2013)

Comparative figures
Type European Union Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 17882.52 1878.77
GDP per capita: ($) 0 53518.54
GDP growth rate: (%) 0.18 2.01
Inflation: (%) 1.54 0.96
Unemployment: (%) 0 7.08

Trade and Investment (2013)

Canadian exports to country: $33,025
Canadian imports from country: $53,109
FDI in Canada: $ million (2012)
CDI in European Union: $ million (2012)


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador David Plunkett


April 2014
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2012-11-19