Nova Scotia - At a glance

Nova Scotia at a glance

Name of province Nova Scotia

Country name Canada

Languages English, French

Population 943,000 (Statistics Canada, 2016)

People Scottish 29%, English 27%, Irish 19%, French/Acadian 12%, German 8%, Mi’kmaq 2%, others 3%

Religion Roman Catholic 33%, United Church 16%, Anglican 13%, Baptist 11%, Presbyterian 3%, Lutheran 1%, Pentecostal 1%, other or no religious affiliation 22%

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil

Nova Scotia ruling political party Liberal Party (NDP)

Neighbouring provinces and states Land border with New Brunswick, Canada; nearby Canadian provinces Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. Nearest US state: Maine.

Area 55,300km²

Time Atlantic Standard Time Zone (AST). Winter GMT -4; summer GMT -3 (clocks adjusted second Sunday in March and first Sunday in November).

Currency Canadian dollar (CAN$ or CAD) (for up-to-date rates, go to

Flag An extended blue cross on a white background superimposed with a shield bearing the Royal Arms of Scotland

Telephone codes Canada +1 (international code); Nova Scotia 902 (also 782)

Electricity supply 110v 60Hz

Public holidays 1 January (New Year’s Day), March/April (Good Friday), March/April (Easter Monday), May (Victoria Day; first Monday after 25 May), 1 July (Canada Day), August (Natal Day; first Monday in August), September (Labour Day; first Monday in September), October (Thanksgiving Day; second Monday in October), 11 November (Remembrance Day), 25 December (Christmas Day), 26 December (Boxing Day)

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