Panama

The Window to Panama City's Soul

Panama City is a vibrant city of bold contrasts. A place where tradition meets modernity, where ruins stand amidst skyscrapers and where there exists a convergence of old and new side-by-side. New constructions are popping up everywhere while old ones are being renovated, both witness to the country’s ever-expanding economic growth. This small country, the last stop on the Central American trail, is definitely worth more than just a quick glimpse on the way to somewhere else. Located on the doorstep of South America, Panama has throughout its history seen – and continues to see – the passage and settlement of a variety of different cultures. Omnipresent skyscrapers dominate the skyline and historic buildings are cherished. As a result, Panama City is a colorful collage of old and new world charm, a city full of diversity with a variety of things to see and do.

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 Full name: Republic of Panama

 Population: 3.51 million (CIA, 2012)

 Capital: Panama City

 Largest city: Panama City

 Area: 75,420 sq.km. (29,119.8 sq. mi.)

 Major languages: Spanish, English

 Major religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant

 Monetary unit: Balboa

 GDP per capita: US $13,600

 Internet domain: .pa

 International dialling code: +507

 Source: CIA World Factbook