Panama is a country of diverse cultures and geographical wonders. Below is some interesting information on Panama overall.
Official Name: Republic of Panama (Republica de Panamà)
Capital: Panama City
Motto: Pro Mundi Beneficio (For the benefit of the world)
Languages: Spanish is the official and dominant language spoken in Panama. However, English is now a second official language.
Currency: Balboa and US Dollar
Population: 3,191,319 (July 2006 est.)
Population Growth Rate: 1.6% (July 2006 est.)
Government Type: Constitutional Democracy
Due to its proximity to the equator, Panama does not suffer from the frequent hurricanes (or any other natural catastrophes) that plague its neighboring Caribbean and southern US coasts. Bordered by the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Panama experiences hot and humid tropical weather conditions all year round with an average annual temperature of 27°C (80°F). Panama’s weather is separated by two seasons, the dry (or summer) season which lasts between the months of December and April, and the wet (or winter) season for the remainder of the year. Temperature variations across different regions of the country are present primarily due to their altitude and proximity to the ocean.