Quick Facts

  • Population of 3.4 million with 1.34 million in capital city-Panama City.
  • Tropical climate, with very little variance in temprature year round.
  • Spanish is primary language, and Roman Catholics number 85%
  • Panama Canal built between 1904-1914, by U.S. Army Corp of engineers.
  • 50,000 carribean immigrants helped build canal and stayed in Panama.
  • Ports at either end of canal are 2 of top 3 busiest ports in Latin America.
  • Panama is 4th in Latin America on the Human Development Index.
  • Fastest growning economy in Central America, with 4.2% unemployment.
  • Despite growth, 1/3rd of country is below the poverty line.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Constitutional Democracy since 1990, following U.S. invasion to remove military dictator General Manuel Noriega. President Ricardo Martinelli  is the head of government and state.

Healthcare Statistics

  • Age structure: 0-14 is 29%, 15-64 is 64%, 65+ is 7%.
  • Maternal mortality is 71 per 100,000.  Births at 2.45 per woman.
  • Infant mortality is 11.64 per 1,000.
  • Life expectancy 75 yrs for men, and 80 yrs for women.
  • Doctor density at 1.5 per 1,000.
  • Hospital bed density at 2.2 per 1,000.
  • HIV rate is 0.9%, with 20,000 currently infected.
  • Disease risk is at Intermediate.  Prevelant diseases are Bacterial Diarrhea, Denge Fever, and Malaria.
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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