G8 Countries

The members of the Group of Eight, or G8, are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The eight members meet once a year at Heads of State and Government level.

France, the United States and Russia are represented by their Heads of State, whereas the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada are represented by their respective Heads of Government.

 

Canada


Geographical information:

Area: 9,970,610 km2
Population: 32.6 million (2006) [1]
Annual population growth rate: 1.0% (2006)
Capital: Ottawa
Official languages: English and French

Economic data:

GDP (nominal) 2007  [2]
 -  Total $1,436 billion
 -  Pro capita $43,674  
 - % World GDP 2.6% [4]

GDP (PPP) 2007  [3]
 -  Total $ 1,270 billion
 -  Pro capita $38,617 
 - % World GDP 2%[4]


Form of government:

Federal parliamentary monarchy

Leader:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper


G8s held to date:

Kananaskis Summit (2002)
Halifax Summit (1995)
Toronto Summit (1988)
Ottawa Summit (1981)

 


[1] ONU - World Population Prospects: The 2006 Revision
http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wpp2006/wpp2006.htm

[2] Estimates for 2007 published by the International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, October 2008.
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2008/01/weodata/index.aspx

[3]PPP (Purchasing Power Parity)
Estimates for 2007 published by the International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database, October 2008.
http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2008/01/weodata/index.aspx
For further information on the calculation of purchasing power parity consult http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purchasing_power_parity

[4]  Reprocessing of the figures published by the International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database.