Facts About Panama

  • Country Telephone Code: 507
  • Country Capital: Panama City
  • National Currency: Panama's official currency, the Balboa, is available only in coins and not in paper bills. The value and size of Balboa coins are equal to those of US coins. Products and services can be priced in both Balboas and US$'s.
  • Independence Day: November 28, 1821 (from Spain), November 3, 1903 (from Colombia)
  • Tourism Web Site: Visit Panama
  • Fire Department: 103
  • Police: 104
  • Red Cross: 228-2187
  • International Calls: 106
  • Directory Assistancee: 102

Geography

  • Total Area: 29,157 sq miles (75,517 sq km)
  • Length: 480 miles (772 km)
  • Width: 37-110 miles (60 - 177 km)
  • Lattitude & longitude: 9° 0' 0' N / 80° 0' 0' W
  • Land boundaries: 345 miles (555 km)
    • Colombia: 158 miles (225 km)
    • Costa Rica: 205 miles (330 km)
  • Coastal boundaries: 1,547 miles (2,490 km)
  • Highest elevation: Baru Volcano 11,401 ft. (3,475 m)
  • Political Map: Panama is comprised of 10 provinces (capitals) - Bocas del Toro (Bocas del Toro), Chiriquí (David), Coclé (Penonomé), Colón (Colón), Darién (La Palma), Herrera (Chitré), Los Santos (Las Tablas), Panamá (Panamá), Panamá Oeste (La Chorrera) and Veraguas (Santiago de Veraguas). In addition, there are three provincial-level Comarcas: Kuna Yala (San Blas), Ngübe-Buglé and Emberá, the latter of which is separated into two distinct regions. The provinces are divided into 66 districts.
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