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Weather in Capital

The rainy season is from late May to early December, while the dry season is from late December to early May -- nearly exactly the same seasonal weather pattern as South Florida, except for the complete absence of hurricanes. The rainy season does not mean continuous rain. Usually mornings are sunny, with intermittent heavy rain in the afternoon. Continuous overcast and drizzle is not the norm except sometimes in the rainiest months of October and November. Panama’s seasons are opposite of the US.

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Important People

Manuel Noreiga is perhaps the most infamous person from Panama. Noriega was a former general and dictator of Panama, ruling the country from 1983 through 1989. He was born in Panama City in 1934 and at one time was a CIA operative. Ruben Blades, born in Panama in 1948, is one of the country's most beloved public figures. Blades is a singer, songwriter, actor and politician who once ran for Panama's presidency. Victoriano Lorenzo was a patriot and freedom fighter who waged war for Panama's independence from Colombia. He was hanged in 1903, six months before Panama became independent.

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Timeline

In 1502, Columbus sails on his fourth and last voyage to the New World (Honduras and Panama). On September 25, 1513, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Spanish explorer, crossed the Isthmus of Panama and claimed the Pacific Ocean for Spain. He was later named governor of Panama and the Pacific by King Ferdinand. In 1821, Panama became independent from Spain. On August 15 1915 the Panama Canal officially opened (the Panama Canal is 40 miles in length).

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Literacy Rate

Panama's literacy rate is 91.9%. In Panama people that ages fifteen over can read and write. In Panama, the male literacy rate is 92.5%. The female literacy rate is 91.2%. Most older people can be taught or already know how to read and write.

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Typical Food

A typical Panama meal usually includes meat, coconut rice and beans accompanied by local fruits and vegetables like yucca, squash and plantains. Panama beer brands are Panama Cerveza, Balboa, Atlas and Soberana. Balboa beer is a darker stout-like Panama beer, while the others are lighter brews. Beers in Panama are as cheap as $0.35 US in the supermarket, and about a dollar in restaurants. Some other types of typical food in Panama is yuca frita, fried plantains, gallo pinto, and ceviche.

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Type of Government

Panama has a constitutional democracy republican. A constitutional democracy is a government under law in which coalition and majority rule is balanced by minority and individual rights, and in which most rights are balanced by responsibilities. Panama has 71 seats. They have a president and two vice presidents. Each candidate can have a position for five years. 

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President or Leader

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Ricardo Martinelli is the 49th president of Panama. He was born on March 11, 1952. So, he is 60 years old. Martenelli has been president since 2009. Martinelli is the chairman of the board of Panama's Super 99 supermarket chain, and of two other companies; he sits on the boards of at least eight other companies.

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Population and Racial Demographics

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In Panama, the population is 3.2 million. Panama has different ethnic groups. Mestizo (mixed Amerindian and European ancestry) 70%, Amerindian and mixed (West Indian) 14%, Caucasian 10%, Amerindian 6% all live in Panama. The annual growth rate for Panama is 1.31%. The largest city in Panama is Panama City with 408,168 people living there.

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Map of Country

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This is a picture of Panama and it's provinces. Panama has 183 cities. The largest city in Panama is its capital Panama City. Panama's national name is República de Panamá. Panama is compared to being slightly smaller than South Carolina.

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Panama Canal Timelapse

The Panama Canal is a key transportation route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Without the canal, shipping and other vessels would either need to travel south around the tip of South America, or they would need to offload their goods to be transported across land to another vessel.The Panama Canal consists of three sets of locks (Gatun Locks, Pedro Miguel Locks and Miraflores Locks), two artificial lakes (Lake Gatun and Lake Miraflores) and artificial channels. In addition, Lake Alajuela acts as a reservoir for the canal.

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Important Holiday

New Year's Day: January 1

Dia de los Tres Reyes Magos: January 6

Martyr's Day: January 9

Carnival: February 23-24,

Ash Wednesday: February 25,

Teacher's Day: March 11

Maundy Thursday: April 9,

Good Friday: April 10,

Holy Saturday: April 11

Easter: April 12,

May Day/Labor Day: May 1

Panama City Day: August 15

Father's Day: June 16

Anniversary of the Founding of Panama City: August 15

Children's Day: November 1

All Souls' Day: November 2

Anniversary of Separation from Colombia: November 3

Flag Day: November 4

Colon Day: November 5

Anniversary of the First Call for Independence from Spain: November 10

Anniversary of Independence from Spain: November 28

Mother's Day: December 8

Christmas Eve: December 24

Christmas Day: December 25

New Year's Eve: December 31

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Industries Important to Country

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Gather some information on the economy of Panama. Get a brief idea about the various features related to Panama-flag. Find detailed information on people, culture and flag of Panama.
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Typical Agriculture/Crops

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In Panama, some agricultural products are bananas, rice, corn, coffee, sugarcane, vegetables, livestock, and shrimp. For centuries, agriculture was the dominant economic activity for most of Panama's population. After construction of the canal, agriculture declined. In 1985 crops accounted for 63.3 percent of value added in agriculture, followed by livestock (29.5 percent), fishing (4.3 percent), and forestry (2.9 percent). Sugar has traditionally been Panama's second largest crop in terms of production and export value. Coffee is Panama's third-largest crop export earner.

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Religion

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In Panama, the main religion is Roman Catholicism. Around 75 to 85 percent of Panama's population are roman catholics. Other religions in Panama include groups of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons), Seventh-Day  Adventists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Episcopalians, Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, and Baha'is. Panama is home to one of the world's seven Baha'i Houses of Worship. Most of the people who live in Panama are roman catholics.

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Currency & Exchange Rate

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Currecny in Panama is called the balboa. It is named in honor of the Spanish explorer/conquistador Vasco Núñez de Balboa. If you had a dollar in American money, then you would have a dollar in Panamanian money. They are both the same. In Panama, their currnecy is the same amount as ours.

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Area

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Panama's land area is  29,340 square miles (75,991 sq km). Its total land area is 30,193 square miles (78,200 sq km). Panama is marked by a chain of mountains in the west, moderate hills in the interior, and a low range on the east coast. There are extensive forests in the fertile Caribbean area. Also in Panama, there is a lot of farm land.

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Flag of Panama

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This is a picture of Panama's flag.The Panamanian flag's colors represent the two political parties of Panama, the Liberals (red) and the Conservatives (blue). The white symbolizes peace between them and the equal division of the colors states that they both govern the country at different times. The current Panamanian flag was adopted on December 20, 1903, and provisionally approved in 1904 by the Constituent Assembly. The Panamanian flag was designed by Mr. Manuel Amador Jr. and made by his wife Ms. Maria Ossa de Amador. 

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Country and Capital

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This is a picture of Panama. It's capital is Panama City. Panama is located in Central America. It is between Coast Rica and Colombia. Panama is the southernmost country in Central America.

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