Country: Panama

Population: 3,242,173

Capital: Panama

Time Zone: UTC-5

Currency Name: balboa (PAB); US dollar (USD)

Government Type: Constitutional democracy

Languages: Spanish (official), English 14%

Ethnic Breakdown: mestizo (mixed Amerindian and white) 70%, Amerindian and mixed (West Indian) 14%, white 10%, Amerindian 6%

Religion: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant 15%

Major Cities: Panama

Phone Country Code: 507

Health Concerns:

Official Tourism Website:

High Travel Season: mid-December - mid-April

Voltage: 110 V - 60 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: a, b

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), January 9 (Martyr's Day), Carnival, Easter, May 1 (Labor Day), November 3 (Separation Day), November 4 (Flag Day), November 5 (Colon Day), November 10 (Primer Grito de Independencia de la Villa de los Santos), November 28 (Independence Day), December 8 (Mother's Day), December 25 (Christmas)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Ships traveling between San Francisco and New York save 7872 miles by using the Panama canal.