In case you haven’t noticed, Canadians are really good at a lot of things. Like being polite, or saying “sorry.”
But we also come out on top in some areas you probably wouldn’t expect. That’s why we scoured international statistics to find out where Canada has been ranked number one. Needless to say, it wasn’t very hard to find examples.
11 things Canada does better than anywhere else in the world
ReputationCanada, it's not just in your head--we really are that good. For the fourth time in only six years, Canada has been ranked number one for best reputation in the world, according to the Reputation Institute. We're overwhelmingly viewed as "friendly and welcoming" and as a "great place to live" in a way that can't be rivaled anywhere else on the planet. Don't worry though, we're not the type to brag about it.Getty
Donut shops per capitaJust when you think America's the donut king of the world, Canada swoops in with way more Timbits and apple fritters than they can handle. You can probably attribute this win to the random Tim Hortons locations you can literally find anywhere in the country, even in the remotest parts (just search "Tim Hortons" in Google Maps--you'll see what we mean). The Canadian Press
Personal freedomStep aside, America: Canada is now leader of the "free" world. That's right, according to The Legatum Prosperity Index, ninety-four per cent of Canadians believe they have the freedom to choose their own course in life, while 92 per cent believe the country is a good place for immigrants. Maybe Americans should start saying "Life, liberty and the pursuit of Canada." Imgur
Kraft Dinner consumptionCanadians love Kraft Dinner so much, we affectionately refer to it as "KD." It was our nation's top selling grocery item in 1997, we eat 55 per cent more of it than Americans do, and it has even been called Canada's "de facto national dish". You also might not know that the father of KD, James L. Kraft, was born in Ontario (although he started the Kraft business in the U.S.).Getty
HockeyNo surprise here. According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, Canada currently has the best national hockey team in the world, for both men and women. Getty
CurlingCanada absolutely dominates in curling, more than we do in hockey. It's almost funny scrolling through the rankings over the years because the top spot almost always goes to the big maple leaf. Getty
Tertiary EducationCanadians are some of the smartest people in the world, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Just about 53 per cent of adults in this country have a tertiary (college level) education, crushing the global average of 32 per cent. Getty
Number of lakesCanada has an insane amount of lakes. There are 563 of them larger than 100 square kilometres, according to Environment Canada. The Great Lakes alone contain 18 per cent of the world's fresh water. And did we mention that we have lakes that are as big as entire countries? Canada is actually dotted with so many of these that if you look at a map, our landmass looks like a slice of Swiss cheese. Getty
Soundest banksFor the eighth year in a row, Canada's banking system has been rated as the world's soundest by the World Economic Forum. That's probably why our job creation rates and GDP are performing better than most of the G-7 since the 2008 recession. Now if only we could get them to drop those ATM fees...
Supplier of maple syrupIt might surprise you to learn that up until the 1990s, America was the world's largest supplier of maple syrup. But we yanked that title away from them once we finally realized how much better our product was. Canada now supplies 85 per cent of this sweet, sweet gold to the rest of the world. Including the U.S.
Longest coastlineWhile Canada is smaller than Russia, we still have a coastline longer than theirs. At 202,080 km long, it's safe to say traversing Canada's waterfront would be quite the undertaking. We're also one of the few countries that makes contact with three different oceans. Getty