Tuesday, September 18, 2012

PANAMA - the 184th Country Visitor

184th Country Visitor

PANAMA is the 184th country to visit my Blog.
Thank you for doing so - whoever you are...
Info on Panama:
The southernmost of the Central American nations, Panama is south of Costa Rica and north of Colombia. The Panama Canal bisects the isthmus at its narrowest and lowest point, allowing passage from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Panama is slightly smaller than South Carolina. It 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.

Constitutional democracy.

President: Ricardo Martinelli (2009)
Land area: 29,340 sq mi (75,991 sq km); total area: 30,193 sq mi (78,200 sq km)
Population (2011 est.): 3,510,045 (growth rate: 1.41%); birth rate: 19.17/1000; infant mortality rate: 11.32/1000; life expectancy: 77.96; density per sq mi: 115
Capital and largest city: Panama City, 1,272,672 (metro. area), 880,691 (city proper)
Other large cities: San Miguelito, 321,501; Tocumen, 88,543
Monetary units: balboa; U.S. dollar
National name: República de Panamá
Languages: Spanish (official), English 14%, many bilingual
Ethnicity/race: mestizo 70%, Amerindian and mixed (West Indian) 14%, white 10%, Indian 6%
Religions: Roman Catholic 85%, Protestant 15%
Literacy rate: 91.9% (2000 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2011 est.): $50.25 billion; per capita $13,600.  
Real growth rate: 10.6%.  
Inflation: 5.9%.  
Unemployment: 4.5%.  
Arable land: 7.26%.  
Agriculture: bananas, rice, corn, coffee, sugarcane, vegetables; livestock; shrimp.  
Labor force: 1.57 million; note: shortage of skilled labor, but an oversupply of unskilled labor (2011 est.); agriculture 15%, industry 18%, services 67% (2011 est.).  
Industries: construction, brewing, cement and other construction materials, sugar milling.  
Natural resources: copper, mahogany forests, shrimp, hydropower.  
Exports: $13.22 billion (2011 est.): bananas, shrimp, sugar, coffee, clothing.  
Imports: $19.15 billion (2011 est.): capital goods, foodstuffs, consumer goods, chemicals.  
Major trading partners: U.S., Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, Costa Rica, Netherlands Antilles, Japan, Mexico, Colombia (2011).
Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 553,100 (2009); mobile cellular: 6.496 million (2009).
Radio broadcast stations: AM 80, FM 44, shortwave 0 (2007).  
Radios: 815,000 (2007). 
Television broadcast stations: 38 (including repeaters) (2007).  
Televisions: 510,000 (1997). 
Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 10,984 (2010).  
Internet users: 959,800 (2009).
Transportation: Railways: total: 76 km (2008).  
Highways: total 11,978 km; paved: 4,300 km; unpaved: 7,678 km (2002). 
Waterways: 880 km navigable by shallow draft vessels; 82 km Panama Canal (2011).  
Ports and harbors: Balboa, Cristobal, Coco Solo, Manzanillo (part of Colon area), Vacamonte.  
Airports: 118 (2012).
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Have a nice day....

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