Panama

 
Category:   World Travel Directory  :  North America  :  Panama
 
Panama, officially the Republic of Panama, is the southernmost country of both Central America and, in turn, North America. Situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, it is bordered by Costa Rica to the northwest, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The capital is Panama City.

Panama is an international business center, and although it is only the fourth largest economy in Central America, after Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador, it is the fastest growing economy and the largest per capita consumer in Central America.

Central Panama was home to some of the first pottery-making villages in the Americas, such as the Monagrillo culture dating to about 2500-1700 BC. These evolved into significant populations that are best known through the spectacular burials of the Conte site (dating to c. AD 500-900) and the beautiful polychrome pottery of the Coclé style. The monumental monolithic sculptures at the Barriles (Chiriqui) site were another important clue of the ancient isthmian cultures.  Source


Panama Facts

Population: 3 million

Capital: Panama City

Currency: balboa, US Dollar

Area: 75,517 km2

Language: Spanish

Main Religion: Christian

Calling Code: 507

Time Zone: GMT – 5

Main Cities: Panama, San Miguelito, Tocumen, David, Arraijan, Colon, Las Cumbres, La Chorrera, Pacora, Santiago