Official state name: Republic of Panama
Panama has approximately 3.405.000 inhabitants, of which about 3.200.000 (94,0% of the population) Spanish native speakers.
Besides Spanish, in Panama people also speak English.
Head of State and Government Chief is Ricardo Martinelli.
Panama covers an area of approximately 75.000 km² and borders on Colombia and Costa Rica.
Currency of Panama: Us-Dollar (code: USD, currency symbol: US-$)
Current time in Panama: 17:57:14 h
Time difference between Panama and UTC/GMT (Londres): -5 hours
Daylight saving time (DST): not observed
The international area code for calls from abroad for Panama is : +507.
Voltage in Panama: 120 V.
Websites of Panama end usually with .pa
Well known products of Panama: Mola painted fabric, Hauca baskets
Panama, this small country famous for its canal connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans has much more to offer.
The rainforests, the long beaches of the Pacific and the tranquil reefs and coves of the Caribbean.
Panama means the place of abundant fish, but people like to say that everything is found in abundance here. You'll find an abundance of wildlife in Panama's many national parks, an abundance of white sand beaches, hundreds of islands, more banks and shops than you would have dreamed possible, the Panama Canal and, of course, a fantastic quantity of fresh seafood, including fish.
Located within the limits of Panama City, this protected tropical forest is the site where the Smithsonian Institute carries out scientific research on the ecology of the forest canopy.
Here you can walk through marked paths, surrounded by orchids and cedar trees and see more than 200 different species of birds, mammals and reptiles.
The history of the construction of the Panama Canal is the saga of human ingenuity and courage: years of sacrifice, crushing defeat, and final victory. More than 22.000 people gave their life in the effort.
The construction started 1880 with the French construction period and was completed by the United States of America in the year 1914.
The Panama Canal is approximately 80 kilometres long between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Canal uses a system of locks.
Recognized as the Eighth Wonder of the world, the Panama Canal is much more than an unprecedented engineering feat: You can do superb hiking and bird watching tours, at only minutes from downtown Panama City or visit the world's most researched rainforest: the Smithsonian Institution's natural laboratory of Barro Colorado Island in Lake Gatun.
Intresting websites related to Panama
The Panama Canal - Canal Facts
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Tourism-Institute of Panama (Website in Spanish only)
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