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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


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

Country Profile for Panama

Panama - Country Profile
United Nations
U.S. Library of Congress


Current News in Panama

Panama - Facts and Information 1

Panama - Facts and Information 2
World Factbook

Culture and Tourism:

Traveling to Panama 1

Traveling to Panama 2

Events in Panama

Travel Guide for Panama

Language Resources:

Study Spanish Online

Study Spanish Online 2

Learn Spanish with Babbel

Spanish language, alphabet, and pronunciation

Spanish Language Games

Government Related:

Embassy of Panama
in Washington D.C.

Government Websites of Panama
by Gunnar Anzinger

Local Weather Conditions

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