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Panama (Spanish: Panamá, IPA [re'puβlika ðe pana'ma]) is the southernmost country of Central America. A transcontinental country, its isthmus constitutes the southernmost part of a natural land bridge between the continents of North America and South America. It's world famous because of the Panama Canal.

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The Third Set of Locks project is a plan to expand the Panama Canal’s capacity, approved by the Panamanian people on a national referendum realized on October 22, 2006. This project was conceived after years of study by the Panama Canal Authority(ACP). It has an estimated cost of 5.25 billion USD and its composed of three integrated components:

  • the construction of two lock facilities – one on the Atlantic side and another on the Pacific side – each with three chambers, each which include three water reutilization basins;
  • the excavation of new access channels to the new locks and the widening of existing navigational channels; and,
  • the deepening of the navigation channels and the elevation of Gatun Lake’s maximum operating level.
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Administration Building of the Panama Canal Authority

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Roberto Durán (b. June 16, 1951) is a famous boxer from Panama, and is generally regarded as one of the greatest lightweight of all-time and one of the top 10 best pound for pound fighters ever. He held world titles at four different weights - lightweight (1972-79), welterweight (1980), junior middleweight (1983-84) and middleweight (1989). He was also the only boxer to have fought in five different decades. He finally retired in January 2002, with a professional record of 120 fights, 104 wins with 69 KOs. He was nicknamed Manos de Piedra (Hands of Stone).

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  • That more than 12000 people died in the construction of the Panama Railroad?
  • That Richard Halliburton (on the picture) swam the Panama Canal in 1928 paying only 36 cents for the transit?
  • That the Balboa (Panamanian currency - ISO 4217 code PAB) has been tied to the U.S. dollar (which is legal tender in Panama) at an exchange rate of 1:1 since 1904?
  • That after a constitutional amendment, passed in 1994, Panama permanently abolished the military?
  • That the pearls in the Spanish Crown came from Panama?
  • Charles V of Spain proposed and researched to make a Canal through Panama?
  • That Panama has the fastest growing economy in Latin America in 2006 and 2007?
  • That Panama is the most globalized country in Latinamerica and has the highest number of investments by Americans and Europeans which account for at least 4.5 billions Dollars?
  • That in a period of three years, 25 casinos opened which resulted in Panama becoming the 2nd country with the most casinos in Latin America?

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History Torrijos–Carter TreatiesDarién schemeMallarino–Bidlack TreatyWatermelon WarPanama Canal RailwayMartyrs' DayHay–Bunau-Varilla TreatyPanama Canal ZoneUS invasion of PanamaHistory of the Panama CanalPanama Canal fenceZonianCoat of armsFlag of Panama
Politics List of heads of state of PanamaMartín TorrijosNational AssemblyDemocratic Revolutionary PartyArnulfista PartySolidarity PartyNationalist Republican Liberal MovementDemocratic ChangePeople's PartyNational Liberal PartyPanamanian election, 1999Panamanian election, 2004Provinces of PanamaForeign relations of PanamaPanama Canal AuthorityPanama Canal expansion referendum, 2006
Geography Panama CityIsthmus of PanamaProvinces of PanamaColón ProvinceSan Blas IslandsPearl IslandsGulf of PanamaCoibaTaboga IslandVolcán BarúGatun LakeChagres RiverGuna YalaCiudad del SaberHerrera ProvinceLos Santos ProvinceIsla Gibraleón
Panama Canal HistoryHealth MeasuresPanama Canal RailwayCulebra Cut (Gaillard Cut) • Gatun DamChagres RiverGatun LakePanama Canal locksPanamaxBridge of the AmericasCentennial Bridge, PanamaPanama Canal AuthorityPanama Canal ZonePanama Canal expansion project
Culture Music of PanamaMolasChinatownIslam in PanamaKuna peopleEmbera-Wounaan PeopleNgöbe–Buglé peoplePollera
Panamanians Alfredo SinclairOlga SinclairJustine PasekStefanie de RouxRubén BladesDanilo PérezEl GeneralDaphne Rubin-VegaJordana BrewsterBelisario PorrasVictoriano LorenzoOmar TorrijosArnulfo AriasHarmodio Arias MadridGuillermo EndaraMireya MoscosoManuel Antonio NoriegaErnesto Pérez BalladaresMartín TorrijosJulio LinaresRod CarewRolando BlackmanRoberto DuránIrichelle DuranRoberto KellyJuan BerenguerEusebio PedrozaCarlos LeeEinar DíazLaffit Pincay, Jr.Mariano RiveraRamiro MendozaHilario ZapataJosé MacíasLuis TejadaJorge Dely ValdésGilbert ArenasBruce ChenRoberto CorbinLorenzo CharlesOlmedo SáenzOscar Willis LayneBayanoHugo SpadaforaLía BorreroNele KantuleJuan Carlos NavarroManuel Amador GuerreroJosé Domingo de ObaldíaCelestino "Pelenchín" CaballeroPedro AlcázarVicente MosqueraEusebio PedrozaRoberto "La Araña" VásquezHilario ZapataIrving SaladinoBayano KamaniLloyd La BeachReginald BeckfordJaime PenedoJorge Dely ValdésJulio Dely Valdés
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Airports: Tocumen International Airport
Bridges: Bridge of the AmericasCentennial Bridge
Dams: Gatun Dam •...

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