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                                         by Graham Rhind

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Panama

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PANAMA
PANAMA

For supplementary information, see links to post office home pages here External, to postal code pages here External and to other personal name and addressing issues pages here External.

Table of Contents

Panama - Country information

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Local short name form

Official name

Area

Population

Capital

Currency

International telephone access code

507

ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code

PA

Internet country code

PA

GRC Country Code

PAN

Panama - Number format

   1,234.45

(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)

Panama - Languages

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Panama has 13 languages. The national language is Spanish External, with 2 100 000 speakers. Other widely spoken languages are: Guaymí External (128 000 speakers) and Western Caribbean Creole English External (1-300 000 speakers).

Panama - Personal names and forms of address

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The abbreviation used for Señorita in Panama is Srta.

Each person usually has a given name followed by two family names, that of the father followed by that of the mother, for example:

   Barbara Betancourt Perez

Upon marriage, females may take their husband’s name as a further given name, in this way:

   Barbara Betancourt Perez de Lopez

where the de indicates “(wife) of”. De usually indicates a married female, but may also be part of a name.

Professional people are often referred to by their qualification, followed by the given name and paternal family name (and sometimes the maternal family name):

   Doctor (m) / Doctora (f) (Dr/Dra)             Doctor/Ph.D.
   Ingeniero (m) / Ingeniera (f) (Ing.)          Engineer
   Licenciado (m) / Licenciada (f) (Lic.)        Holder of a university degree
   Profesor (Prof.)                              Professor, higher education teachers

This is not preceded by the gender form of address.

Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Panama - Company legal forms

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Panamanian company types include:

   Civil partnership
   Foreign corporation
   Foundation
   General partnership
   Limited partnership
   SA (Sociedad Anónima)
   SC (Sociedad Comanditaria) - General and Limited partnership
   Trust

Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Panama - Address format examples

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    LICENCIADO GREGORIO FERNANDEZ
    GERENTE GENERAL
    INFONET S.A.
    VIA ESPAÑA, CALLE 6ta
    EDIFICIO DEL PADRO No2, TERCER PISO, LOCAL No10, PARQUE LEFEVRE
    0835, PARQUE LEFEVRE
    PROVINCIA DE PANAMÁ

Address blocks can contain both street names and post office box numbers, and also include districts and zonal indicators.

The province name may be found in the address as above. The provinces are:

    Bocas del Toro External
    Chiriquí External
    Coclé External
    Colón External 
    Comarca Kuna Yala External
    Comarca Ngöbe-Buglé External
    Darién External
    Emberá External
    Herrera External
    Los Santos External
    Panamá External
    Panamá Oeste
    Veraguas External

A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Panama - Post office box

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This is written Apartado in Panama, and the post office box number may include a hyphen (see the postal codes section below).

Panama - Postal codes

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Panama introduced a postal code system, each code consisting of 4 digits, in 2007. In post office box addresses it is written as part of, and before, the post office box number, in this way:

   Apartado 0832–2345

where 0832 is the postal code and 2345 the box number. In all other cases it is written before the place name, separated from it by a comma.

Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Panama - Postal code format graphic

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Panama - Postal code format

Panama - Postal code specifics

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Panama - Postal code regular expression

\A\d{4,4}\Z

Panama - Postal code level of coverage

2

Panama - Administrative districts

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Administrative districts graphic

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Panama has 10 provinces External and 3 indigenous regions. These are listed above in the “Address format examples” section.

Telephone numbers in Panama

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Panamanian telephone numbers have no area codes. Geographic fixed numbers have 7 digits. Mobile numbers have 8 digits and commence with a 6.

Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External


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