El único Panamá - Week 21

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Panama City is the second largest international banking center in the world, second to Switzerland. Banks represent 83% of the financial sector and contribute eight percent to Panama's GDP. Panama banking center (IBC) has 94 entities; 2 official banks; 18 Panamanian banks with a general license; 29 foreign banks with a general license; 29 internationally licensed and 16 representative offices, according to Panama Means Business.

El único Panamá - Week 20

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Panama has the First Metro in Central America. The first subway service in Central America is located in Panama City. Line 1 covers a distance of 13.7 kilometers - 7.5 km are underground, 4.9 elevated and 1.5 higher in trenches with 12 train stations. It benefits thousands of people every day moving between Albrook to Los Andes and in the future San Isidro. The estimated time to get from north to south of the city is 23 minutes with a capacity of 600 people per train, transporting more than 15,000 people during rush hour. Line 2 will be built in two phases and elevated. Phase 1 route will be from San Migulieto to La Dorba and Pha

El único Panamá - Week 19

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Panama is in the World's Top 10 Best Places to Retire! Every year International Living presents the Annual Global Retirement Index. It is a refining of every pertinent and measurable fact and hard data that their analysts and experts can find about countries around the world. Panama wins accolades as a modern, convenient, sunny, warm and welcoming country. The people are friendly and fun, and the government is welcoming. Panama wins out when it comes to benefits for retirees and ease of obtaining residence. The healthcare is top notch and the city’s four major private facilities include a technologically advanced Johns Hopkins In

El único Panamá - Week 18

Welcome to our weekly series about the uniqueness of Panama! Photo by Mary Roush Pay Phones Still Exist in Panama~ All Lot of Them! In a world where it is thought there are more cellphones than people, Panama still has many working payphones throughout the country. The structures bearing the brand name of "Cable & Wireless Panama" are often found in the most unusual places. The country code is 507. There are no local area codes in Panama. While traveling in in country for an extended amount of time, it is easy to get a SIM card for around $5 and top up your phone and internet minutes as you go. Make sure you have an unlocked cell phone.

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