Size: The country has an area of 29,761 sq. miles, about the size of South Carolina.
Capital: Panama City.
Population: About 2.8 million.
Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken.
Location: Panama is the southernmost country in Central America, bordering with Costa Rica to the west and Colombia to the east.
Currency: US dollar.
Religion: More than 90 percent of Panamanians are Roman Catholic.
NATIONAL PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Jan 1: New Year's Day
Jan 9: Martyr’s Day
Easter Week: Apr 9-16, 2006
May 1: Labor Day
Jun 16: Father’s Day
Nov 3: Independence Day
On November 3, 1903, Panama declared its independence from Colombia. The day is marked each year by the public holiday Independence Day and is celebrated with parades and fireworks. Flag Day, another national holiday, celebrated on November 4, is recognized in conjunction with Independence Day.
Nov 4: Flag Day
Nov 10: First announcement of Independence from Spain