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20 Fun & Interesting Facts about Panama

Updated on May 27, 2013

1. Panama is one of the largest countries in Central America. However Panama has the smallest population anywhere in Central America

2. When the original Panama Canal was built in the late 1890s the US the Panama Canal was giving to the Panamanians in 1999

3. One of the greatest manmade structures ever built in Central America is the Panama Canal. It is now considered one of the world’s 7 modern wonders.

4. Panama is one of only a few countries in the world who decided by constitution not to have a military force. Instead Panama has Panamanian Public Forces that were created to police the country

5. Panama is one of the few countries in the world to use 2 different types of currency. The Currency used in Panama is the Balboa and Dollar

6. This little country of Panama is known as one of the most diverse locations in the world for exotic wildlife. There are plants, animals, and other natural occurrences that only happen in panama and nowhere else in the world.

7. Panama is in a unique position in Central America. From one side of panama you are on the Atlantic Ocean and you can watch the sunrise. Then with just a couple of hours trip to the Pacific you can watch the sun set.

8. Panama has had a mainly a male dominated political system since its independence that all changed when in 1999 Panama named its first woman president, Mireya Moscoso

9. Panamas past time is soccer is has been the official sport of panama since its inception in the early 1900s

10. Panama had a railroad in the New York stock exchange used to be the highest option per share of any industry in the world at 295 dollars

11. Panama is the youngest country in the world only turning 100 in 2003 after they declared independence from Spain

12. The Panamanian constitution gives foreigners and citizens the same right to own property

13. Panama has more United States Expats than any other country in the world.

14. Columbus did not stop at the Caribbean when he landed in the new world he went on to explore most of Central America and even Panama in 1502

15. Panama is one of the smallest countries in the world but the most advanced in Central America

16. Most of the land rights in panama are protected rain forest instituted by the government in 1970

17. The Panama Canal is the most popular destination in Panama

18. Panama is the main location in Central America where you can experience the rich cultural, historical and traditional experiences of the Mayan and Aztec culture

19. Panama is one of the only locations in all of Central America with the richest and most historical cathedrals are located. Many bishops came to help with the construction of the first cathedrals in Central America and were there to advise the construction

20. The Panama hat originated in where else Panama (Indiana jones hat)


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