There are many exciting forms of Panama entertainment such as its pulsating nightlife, lip smacking food, energizing sports and great shopping. After a good round of sight-seeing, tourists in the country definitely want to enjoy Panama entertainment.
As of 1999 there were 91 AM commercial radio broadcasting stations and 9 television channels. In 1997 there were 299 radios, 187 television sets, and 6 mobile phones per 1000 population. There were six major daily newspapers in 1999.
On 10 February 1990, the government of then President Endara abolished Panama's military and reformed the security apparatus by creating the Panamanian Public Forces. In October 1994, Panama's Legislative Assembly approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting the creation of a standing military force but allowing the temporary establishment of special police units to counter acts of "external aggression"
As of 1997 public expenditure for health care totaled 6.9% of the GDP. Mortality rate was 4.2 per 1000 people in 1998. Average life expectancy was 74 years in 1998.
The Panama Canal is a major source of revenue, generating jobs in commerce, trade, manufacturing and transport.After the canal, the main activity is agriculture, which employs 27% of the workforce. Tourism is of great important.
For the year 2000, adult illiteracy was estimated at 8.1% of the population (males, 7.4%; females, 8.7%). Education is free and compulsory for children ages 6 through 15. Approximately 16.3% of the central government budget was allocated to education in the period between in the latter half of the 1990s.
The United States cooperates with the Panamanian Government in promoting economic, democratic, security, and social development through U.S. and international agencies. Cultural ties between the two countries are strong, and many Panamanians come to the United States for higher education and advanced training.
Panama is 85 percent Roman Catholic. Traditional beliefs and practices have been maintained among the native American groups despite a history of missionization.
Spanish is the official language of Panama and is spoken by the vast majority of the people. Although fewer than one-tenth of the people speak American Indian languages, all of Panama’s Indian groups preserve their native tongues, and many Indians also speak Spanish. Most Panamanians from West Indian backgrounds speak English, which is also commonly taught in schools.
Panama has a tropical climate with average annual temperatures ranging from 23° to 27° C (73° to 81° F) in coastal areas. In the interior, at the higher altitudes, the average temperature is 19° C (66° F). The rainy season extends from April to December.