Interesting Facts About Panama
The San Blas Islands of Panama is an archipelago consisting of 365 islands and cays. That means that there is an island you can visit for every day of the year!
The average fee to cross the Panama Canal by ship is 54,000 dollars.
Edward Murphy who is best known for the so called “Murphy’s law”, which states that “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”, was born in Panama in 1918.
Panama City is the only capital that has a rain forest within its city limits.
Panama is the only place in the world where you can see both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans from the same place with the aid of the naked eye.
The Panama Canal generates 40 percent of Panama’s entire economy.
Richard Halliburton crossed the Panama Canal swimming in 1928 paying the lowest toll in the Canals history, 36 cents. In contrast, the highest toll ever paid was 375,600 US-Dollar by the Norwegian Pearl cruise ship in 2010.
Panama, Mexico and Cuba were the first countries outside the USA in which Coca Cola was sold. It was first sold in these countries in 1906.
Panama celebrates two independence days each year. The first from Colombia in 1903 on November 3rd and the second from Spain in 1821 on November 10th.
From 1822 to 1830 Panama was once united with Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and northern Peru as a nation called Gran Colombia.
Nombre de Dios in Panama is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the continental Americas.
Panama is the only country in the world in which the sun rises above the Pacific Ocean and sets over the Atlantic Ocean.
Panama was the first Latin American country to adopt the U.S. Dollar as its official currency.
The birds of Panama make up approximately 10 percent of the world’s known bird species. There are even more bird species in Panama than in the United States and Canada combined.
Robert George Fowler became the first person to make a nonstop transcontinental flight by crossing the Isthmus of Panama in 57 minutes on 27 April 1913.
The Panama Hat is actually from Ecuador. The name however originates in the 1850s when people from Ecuador emigrated to Panama where they produced and sold these hats at much greater volume as they did before in Ecuador.
The cargo ship SS Ancon was the first ship to transit the Panama Canal on August 15, 1914.
Panama is home to the second-largest duty-free zone in the world. It is the Colon Free Zone and it is a complex of more than 1065 acres (4.3 km2). The only area larger in size is in Hong Kong.