Map Page 1136 Area 30,193 square mi (78,200 square km) Capital Panama City Population 2,960,784 Highest Point 11,400 ft (3,475 m) Lowest Point 0 m GDP per capita $6,200 Primary Natural Resources bananas, rice, corn, coffee, sugarcane.
The Republic of Panama is a Central American country bordered both by the CARIBBEAN SEA and the PACIFIC OCEAN, between COLOMBIA and COSTA RICA.
Slightly smaller than the state of SOUTH CAROLINA, the most dominant feature of the Panamanian landscape is the highlands, which form the continental divide through the center of the country.
The highest constant elevations of the hills and mountains known as the Cordillera de Talamanca and the Serrania de Tabasara that create the continental divide are near Panama's borders, while the lowest elevations are along the Panama Canal, where most of the country's population is concentrated.
The country's Caribbean coastline has an abundance of natural harbors, but the only one that is significantly developed is located at Cristnbal, one of the terminuses of the Panama Canal, connecting the ATLANTIC and Pacific oceans.
The port of Balboa is the major trading city on the Pacific coastline, which does not have an abundance of good natural harbors as a result of extraordinarily shallow waters and an extreme tidal range.
Panama has almost 500 rivers, some of which provide crucial reservoirs of water for the canal and generate significant quantities of hydroelectric power.
Panama's climate is tropical, and temperatures and humidity remain high throughout the year, with little seasonal variation, usually remaining between 75 and 87 degrees F (24 and 32 degrees C).
Temperatures on the Pacific side of the highland chain are typically lower than the Caribbean.
In the highlands themselves, some areas experience temperatures that are quite cooler, and frosts occur occasionally in the Cordillera de Talamanca in western Panama.
Unlike temperature, rainfall throughout Panama varies substantially from 39 to 118 in (100 to more than 300 cm) per year.
The overwhelming majority of the rains come during a marked rainy season, which usually lasts from April to December.
The amount of rainfall is determined by two factors in general: moisture from the Caribbean and the windshield effect of the continental highlands.
Consequently, rainfall is much higher on the Caribbean side.
In addition, the country is located outside the hurricane track, but is known to suffer from volatile thunderstorms.
Panama boasts a relatively strong economy, based upon its governmental stability and control over the PANAMA CANAL, which was turned over to Panama by the United States at the end of 1999.
A well-developed service sector makes up the majority of its economy, mostly stemming from the Panama Canal, which continues to make its mark upon Panamanian history.
plans for the Panama Canal provided the impetus for Panama's succession from Columbia in 1903, after which the new country was immediately recognized by the United States and an agreement for the commencement of construction was signed.
Now, control over the canal permits Panama to continue to dominate trade in the region, as well as flagship registration and, more recently, tourism.
- Spain is inviting to go shopping to the “unexplored” cities
"By 2019 the country is planning to increase their income up to 5 billion euro from selling goods and services to the tourists.
Spain is quite a hyped up place where one can go shopping. Still, the country’s annual profit reaches 1.6 billion euro from holidaymakers. Madrid and Barcelona are considered to be highly-visited touristic cities, which is about 37-47% of tourist-shoppers accordingly. The rest is dispersed among the other cities in Spain.
However, the local authorities are not so satisfied with such a situation. They intend to build up the population settlements with shopping streets which were before unknown to the foreign shoppers. It is said that in the near future the experienced tourists will realize the shopping capabilities of the country, besides the two most attractive cities, Madrid and Barcelona. "
- Police in Dubai again start “hunting” the tourists
"The guards will be picking up the kissing tourists.
It is reported that the more Dubai city becomes popular year after year the more tourists come to the Emirates who are not so obedient to Islamic law. The UAE authorities decided to fight for its citizens who are offended by tourists who allow themselves to kiss in public places. In order to explain to the country’s guests that such a behavior is not acceptable the Emirates authorities will make up a project named “Welcome to UAE”.
Resulting this campaign the billboards will be posted throughout the city demonstrating the standards of decency and the authorities will also share law booklets to the foreigners. It is planned that tourists will be able to get such booklets at the malls and coasts. Taxi drivers and hotel staff will have to pass a special training so that they could then explain tourists the rules of conduct in the country.
It is stated that a street kiss in Dubai is punished by a big fine, however, the police seldom fines the tourists, usually the issue ends up with just a simple warning. "