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.
- Pavements in Great Britain are now able to bring free Wi-Fi
"Communications company from Buckinghamshire that is located to the north-west of London has offered an unusual service for local residents and guests in Chesham: a wireless internet connection is now provided by the pavements.
All the necessary equipment is installed under the so-called “smart pavement” that is capable to stand the heavy loads. At the moment the network covers the central streets and main bus stops of the town. It is planned to install the Wi-Fi zones all around Chesham.
Let us remind you that Moscow is planning to make available free Wi-Fi connection in the buses till the end of 2015. "
- The smog has affected tourists’ plans in Thailand
"Several flights were canceled due to the smoke.
The wildfires are storming around in Indonesia, the smoke of which extends 100 km away. Due to the wind direction smog has covered Phuket and Samui, the Thai’s islands. It is said that the smoke is neither life nor health threatening for tourists. There is no burning smell as well. Nevertheless, the tourists are not recommended to go in for sports outdoors. One of the country’s media centre states that the Phuket Island community has sent an open letter to the authorities of Thailand asking about taking steps on the smog elimination. According to what they say, the south part of the country is covered by the poisonous smoke that can cause development of various diseases among the local population. Also the islanders say that smog crashes the tourists’ plans that they cannot fly out because of the flight cancellation. For instance, only five airplanes that took off from Bangkok flying to Phuket and Samui were asked to make a reverse just in the air because of the low visibility conditions. "