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Panama Quick Facts


Official Name: Republic of Panama.
Capital: Panama City.
Nationality: Panamanian.
Area, Population and Density: 75,990 square km; the total population is 2,839,177, 81 persons/square mi.
Age Distribution (%): 0-14 years 37.0%, 15-59 years 56.3%, 60+ years 6.7%
Political Division: 9 provinces and 3 indigenous communities.
Government: Constitutional democracy centralized Republic.
Legal System: Based on the civilian legal system, judicial revision of legislative acts in the Supreme Court. International tribunal jurisdiction is largely accepted.
Language: The official language is Spanish. However, many Panamanians speak English.
Literacy Rate: 90%
Weather: Panamanian weather is tropical, and uniform throughout the year. The average temperature is 27 degrees C.
Religion: Most Panamanians are Roman Catholic. However, you will find all the major world’s religions represented and free to worship.
Time Zone: The time in Panama all year long is the same as the EST (GMT -5). They do not observe Daylight Savings Time.
How to get to Panama: The best way to get to Panama is by air. Copa Airlines, Continental Airlines, American Airlines and Iberia have daily flights to Panama. By car, use the Inter-American Highway that runs through Central America. There are ample ports to arrive by sea.
Documentation Required: Citizens of the United States and Western Europe require a passport but do not need a visa. A $5 tourist card must be purchased. Children require a notarized letter of permission from the other parent to enter the country.
Currency: The U. S. dollar. The Panamanian currencies are equivalent in size and value to those of the United States.
Commerce: Stores and businesses are generally open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Monday to Saturday. Some are open on Sundays.
Gratuities: From 10% to 15% of the bill is the suggested. 
Driving Licence: Visitors can drive up to 90 days with foreign licence.
Electricity: 110 volts; 60 cycles.
Dress Code: Light clothing is recommended. Dress attire for business is formal: a light suit for men and for women a light skirt or pants outfit. Straw hat and sunglasses are a must at the beach.
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