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Panama - facts about the country

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Panama


Country name:
conventional long form: Republic of Panama
conventional short form: Panama
local long form: Republica de Panama
local short form: Panama

Government type:
constitutional democracy

Capital:
Panama

Population:
3,000,463 (July 2004 est.)

Area:
total: 78,200 sq km
land: 75,990 sq km
water: 2,210 sq km

Geography - note:
strategic location on eastern end of isthmus forming land bridge connecting North and South America; controls Panama Canal that links North Atlantic Ocean via Caribbean Sea with North Pacific Ocean

Location:
Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Colombia and Costa Rica

Land boundaries:
total: 555 km
border countries: Colombia 225 km, Costa Rica 330 km

Terrain:
interior mostly steep, rugged mountains and dissected, upland plains; coastal areas largely plains and rolling hills

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Volcan de Chiriqui 3,475 m

Currency:
balboa (PAB); US dollar (USD)
All information comes from The World Factbook
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