The Republic of Panama is a transcontinental country in Central America and South America.
The country recorded a population of 4.177 million in 2018 and 75,517 km2.
Its capital and largest city is Panama City located in the east-central region of the country.
Other urban centres are Colon City, David, La Chorrera, Santiago and Changuinola.
Since 1914 the 51-mile- (82-km-) long canal, above, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, has afforded a long-sought shortcut for shipping and assures the country’s standing as one of the most strategic transportation hubs of the world.