Panama is a country located directly at the border between North America and Central America. The current population is just under four million, of which around half lives in or directly surrounding the capital—Panama City.
The official language is Spanish. The dialect is Panamanian Spanish. Many people who work in business speak both English and Spanish. Other languages spoken include French, Arabic and native languages such as Ngabere.
- In Panama, education is compulsory for children aged six through eighteen. In addition, higher education is becoming more popular.
- Dance is paramount in Panama. Local folklore is often expressed through dances of all types.
- One of the most important events in Panama City is the Christmas parade, which is called El Disfile de Navidad. It is held on December 25th each year.
- In Panama, you can swim in the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean in the same day.
- Panama’s representative Justine Pasek was crowned Miss Universe 2002. She became Central America’s first Miss Universe.
- The locks of the Panama Canal are seven feet thick.
- The lowest toll paid at the Panama Canal was $0.36 by Richard Halliburton who crossed the Panama Canal swimming in 1928.
- There are 480 rivers in the country.