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Panama is a country on the isthmus linking Central and South America. The Panama Canal, a famous feat of human engineering, cuts through its center, linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to create an essential shipping route. In the capital, Panama City, modern skyscrapers, casinos and nightclubs contrast with colonial buildings in the Casco Viejo district and the rainforest of Natural Metropolitan Park.

Languages: Spanish (official), English 14%; note - many Panamanians bilingual

Ethnic Groups: mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 70%, Amerindian and mixed (West Indian) 14%, white 10%, Amerindian 6%

Belief Systems: Christianity



Population: 3.73 million people (World Rank: 130th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 130 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 163rd) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.47 %/yr (World Rank: 86th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 77.6 years (World Rank: 63rd) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 27.1 years (World Rank: 95th) (2010 estimate) Sites for More Information:


Map of Panama
Map from the University of Texas Library

United Nations Country Profile for Panama

Panama - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Panama

Wikipedia Entry for Panama

Current News in Panama

Panama - Facts and Information 1
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Panama

Panama - Facts and Information 2
The World Factbook Entry for Panama

Culture and Tourism:

Traveling to Panama 1
from travelnotes.org


Traveling to Panama 2

Events in Panama

Travel Guide for Panama
Wikitravel Entry for Panama


Language Resources:

Study Spanish Online

Study Spanish Online 2
from mylanguages.org

Learn Spanish with Babbel

Spanish language, alphabet, and pronunciation
from omniglot.com

Spanish Language Games
from digitaldialects.com

Government Related:

Embassy of Panama
in Washington D.C.

Government Websites of Panama
Directory of government Websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger

Local Weather Conditions

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