Interesting Facts About Panama

October 22, 2009 | In: Countries facts

With 5,637 kilometers of coastline and more than 1,518 islands, Panama has more beaches than one can imagine.

The Panama Canal, built by the United States after Panama’s independence from Colombia in 1903, joins the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Panama has the most varieties of birds anywhere in the world.

Panama has the 2nd largest number of offshore-registered companies after Hong Kong.

Panama has the smallest population in Central America .

Panama had their first female president in 1999–Mireya Moscoso.

Panama is in the same time zone as New York and Washington DC.

In 1990, Panama’s army was abolished and the Panamanian Public Forces were created for police purposes.

Panama City is among the top retirement locations in the world.

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