Newfoundland and Labrador Flag

Canada Facts
Alberta
British Columbia
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Northwest Territories
Nunavut
Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan
Yukon
Library Sections
The Complete Shakespeare
US State Facts
Facts on Canada
Historical Documents
Classical Literature

Canada Facts reproduced from the Education Canada Network.


/ Home / Library / Canada Facts / Newfoundland and Labrador / Quick Facts

Area Map
Quick Facts
Location and Land
History and People
Economy
Government

Newfoundland and Labrador: Quick Facts

Quick Facts

  • Capital - St. John's
  • Motto - Quaetrite Prime Regnum Dei (Seek ye first the Kingdom of God)
  • Flower - Pitcher Plant
  • Entered Confederation - 31 March 1949
  • Members of the Legislative Assembly - 48
  • Members of Parliament - 7
  • Senators - 6
  • Population, 1998 - 538,832
  • Average annual family income, 1996 - $42,993
  • Employment rate, 1997 - 62.4%
  • Per capita health expenditures, 1995 - $2,612
  • Inflation as measured by the CPI, 1997 - 1.2%
  • Average weekly earnings, 1997 - $483.49
  • Housing starts, 1997 - 960
  • Provincial sales tax, 1998 - 10%
  • Urban population, 1996 - 49.8%
  • GDP per capita, 1995 - $16,858
  • Land area out of Canada's total area - 4.06%

Sources: Statistics Canada, 1999 Canadian Encyclopedia

Cities

St. John's, the capital city, is located in the Avalon Peninsula, and the historic commercial centre of the island, is the province's largest city, with a population of approximately 101,936, with a metro-area population of 177,000.

Other major centres are Grand Falls, Windsor and Corner Brook. Smaller communities - called outports - remain an important element in Newfoundland society. The twin towns of Labrador City and Wabush, which together form the largest urban community of Labrador, are based on the iron-ore mining industries of the area.

Time Zone

Newfoundland has its own time zone, the Newfoundland Time Zone, and is 3.5 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.

Labrador is situated in the Atlantic Time Zone.

Climate

The island of Newfoundland enjoys winters that are surprisingly mild by Canadian standards, between 0C and -5C., though with a high rate of precipitation. The average temperature in Newfoundland in the summer is between 10C and 20C. Labrador, by comparison, has cold winters, between 10C and -25C, and brief summers with temperatures between 5C and 15C. Newfoundland's climate can best be described as moderate and maritime.


Looking for a job in the education sector? Visit Education America Network (for US job postings) or Education Canada Network (for Canadian opportunities).


Re-use/reproduction of some materials may be limited, please see our Acceptable Use Guidelines.
© 2001-2004 World of Education