Official Name: Panama
Capital: Panama City
Country Extension: 75,517 km² or 29,340 mi²
National Bird: Arpia Hawk
National Flower: Cattleya skinneri (Orquídea) Sant Spirit Flower
Highest Volcano: Barú Volcano
Political Division: 9 provinces and 7 areas
Government: Constitutional democratic republic
Panama is located in the American Continent, with the following borderlines: To the North, Caribbean Sea - To the South, Pacific Ocean - To the East, Colombia - To the West, Costa Rica. Panama has an area of 75,517 square kilometers (29,340 square miles), with population of 3,500,000 persons; the official language is Spanish although English is highly spoken; the Legal Currency is the US Dollar and the Balboa, GMT5 Hours, East Coast, USA.
The best thing about the weather in Panama is that it is always warm through the year. You will enjoy daily highs of up to 28 -32. Those looking for cooler climate can find it in the valleys in Chiriquí, Cerro Punta and El Valle with daily high at 22-24 and cool fresh nights. Panama has two seasons the dry season from December to end of April, and the wet season, from May till November.
National currency of Panama is Balboa, but nowadays US Dollars are used all over the country.
According to census of 2010 the population is 3.322.576 of habitants.
Panamanians speak Spanish, this is an official language of Panama. Also there are used indigenous languages such as al ngobe buglé, kuna, emberá. 14% of population speaks English.
Easy access to the Panama Canal, easily one of the great wonders of the modern world, helps. But the way history melds with a cosmopolitan vibe has many modern-day explorers flocking to the city's vibrant streets and sprawling shores.
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—Gabe Saglie, Senior Editor, Travelzoo.com
Panama is considered as one of the most cosmopolitan destinations, with architecture at the forefront and strong in the economic plane of Latin America. It is definitive that it is one of the most fashionable countries in the region.
Its size allows you to see everything on a journey. In spite of the size, its 74,000 km² give a lot of space to develop. From the highest skyscrapers in Latin America to the beautiful beaches of the Caribbean or volcanoes like Baru, where the most expensive coffee in the world is grown. Another of the strong points of the city are the nocturnal activities. They do not stop appearing as alternative art galleries, modern restaurants and places with spectacular designs.
Panama is a country that will give you a very complete and unforgettable experience.
—Isabel García, contributor, Elmundo.es
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