|Motto: Munit Haec et Altera Vincit
(Latin: One defends and the other conquers)
|Official languages||English (de facto)|
|Lieutenant Governor||John James Grant|
|Premier||Stephen McNeil (Nova Scotia Liberal Party)|
|Legislature||Nova Scotia House of Assembly|
|Federal representation||(in Canadian Parliament)|
|House seats||11 of 308 (3.6%)|
|Senate seats||10 of 105 (9.5%)|
|Confederation||July 1, 1867 (1st, with ON, QC, NB)|
|Total||55,283 km2 (21,345 sq mi)|
|Land||53,338 km2 (20,594 sq mi)|
|Water (%)||2,599 km2 (1,003 sq mi) (4.7%)|
|Proportion of Canada||0.6% of 9,984,670 km2|
|Total (2011)||921,727 |
|Density (2011)||17.28 /km2 (44.8 /sq mi)|
|Total (2011)||C$37.015 billion|
|Per capita||C$39,025 (11th)|
|Time zone||Atlantic: UTC-4|
|Postal code prefix||B|
|Rankings include all provinces and territories|
Nova Scotia is a small province found on the east coast of Canada. The capital and biggest city of Nova Scotia is Halifax. Right now, over 900,000 people live in Nova Scotia, which is about the same number of people who live in Calgary, Alberta. People who live in Nova Scotia are called Nova Scotians.
What is now called "Nova Scotia" used to be controlled by the Micmac Indians. The French settled among them at Port Royal after 1600, and called the land part of Acadia. In 1710 in a war between Britain and France, the British captured Port Royal, Acadia's capital, and went on to capture all of the peninsula. It was the first time that the British had captured and held a French colony.
The name "Nova Scotia" is Latin for "New Scotland".
- "Gross domestic product, expenditure-based, by province and territory (2011)". Statistics Canada. November 19, 2013. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/tables-tableaux/sum-som/l01/cst01/econ15-eng.htm. Retrieved September 26, 2013.