The crossroads of the world
Panama links South America with Central and North America. Bisected by the Panama Canal, the country is bound on the north by the Caribbean Sea, on the east by Colombia, on the south by the Pacific Ocean, and on the west by Costa Rica.
The population of Panama according to 2021 estimates is just over 4.366 million, with about one-quarter of all Panamanians concentrated in the two metropolitan areas, Panamá and Colón. Panamá is divided into nine provinces—Bocas del Toro, Chiriquí, Coclé, Colón, Darién, Herrera, Los Santos, Panamá, and Veraguas—and one special territory, Comarca de San Blas. Teak Hardwoods’ Plantation is located in the Darién Region. Panama also has more than 1,600 islands off its Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
The capital, Panama has approximately 700,000 inhabitants and, is the principal commercial and transportation center; San Miguelito (population totaled with the capital) is a suburb of the capital. Other important cities are Colón, the northern terminus of the Panama Canal, and David, a farming center near the Costa Rican border.