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Panama is home to 3,753,142 people (2017). The population density is about 50 inhabitants per square kilometre.

The natural population growth rate is 1.27%. (2017)
Birth rate per 1000 inhabitants is 17.9 (2017)
Death rate per 1000 inhabitants is 4.9 (2017)
Life expectancy is 78.8 years. (males 76 and females 81.7 years (2017)

Over 65% of Panama's population are Mestizos. Blacks, whites and Indians are the other population groups.


The official language of Panama is Spanish. In addition, English and Indian languages are spoken.


Roman Catholicism is the main religion in Panama (85%). However, Protestantism is also growing. In addition, there is a fairly large Muslim community and smaller numbers of Hindus and Jews. The Indians have their own religious practices, but are increasingly being won over to Catholicism.


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Last updated May 2024
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