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Nova Scotia
New Scotland  (English)
Nouvelle-Écosse  (French)
Alba Nuadh  (Scottish Gaelic)
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: Munit Haec et Altera Vincit
(Latin: One defends and the other conquers)
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Capital Halifax
Largest metro Halifax
Official languages English (de facto)[1]
Demonym Nova Scotian, Bluenoser
Type Constitutional monarchy
[[Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia|Lieutenant Governor]] Arthur Joseph LeBlanc
Premier Stephen McNeil (Liberal)
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 Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick)
Area  Ranked 12th
Total [convert: %s]%s
Land 52,942 km2 (20,441 sq mi)
Water (%) [convert: %s]%s (Expression error: Unexpected * operator.%)
Proportion of Canada Expression error: Unexpected * operator.% of 9,984,670 km2
Population  Ranked 7th
Total (2016) 923,598 [2][3]
Density (2016) 17.45/km2 (45.2/sq mi)
GDP  Ranked 7th
Total (2016) C$41.726 billion[4]
Per capita C$43,986 (12th)
Postal NS
ISO 3166-2 CA-NS
Time zone Atlantic: UTC-4
Postal code prefix B
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Rankings include all provinces and territories

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People who live in Nova Scotia are called Nova Scotians. There are over 900,000 of them; over 400,000 of whom live in Halifax.

What is now Nova Scotia used to be controlled by the Mik'maq Indians. The French settled among them at Port Royal after 1600, and called the land part of Acadia, with Port Royal as its capital. In 1710, after a war, the British captured Port Royal and went on to capture the rest of the peninsula. It was the first time that the British had captured and held a French colony.

On 6 December 1917, about 2,000 people were killed in the Halifax Explosion.

Nova Scotia's government is a democracy. Stephen McNeil is the premier and John James Grant is the lieutenant governor.


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