Situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, Panama is home to 3.6 million people.
Panama is a Unitary presidential constitutional republic, with a president as head of state and government.
The official language is Spanish, but because of heavy U.S. influence, most people in Panama are bilingual in Spanish and English.
Religious affiliations are not officially collected in Panama, but it is estimated that about 75-85% of the population is Roman Catholic and 15-25% are evangelical Christian. Many other faiths are represented in small communities.
Both Balboa and the United States dollar are accepted currencies.