¡Hola! and a big welcome to our expat community in Panama! As part of InterNations Panama, you have complete access to an international network of expats that have the knowledge and experience to help you in making that big step of moving abroad. Relocating to another country can be daunting, and you may have a lot of questions about where to live and what the country is like, such as: “what's the safest neighborhood in Panama City to live with kids?”, “what's the healthcare system like in Panama?”, or “where is the best international school in Colón?”. Don't wait until you arrive to figure these things out, ask your new family for the answers. They will be happy to help you, and use their own experiences and knowledge to answer your pressing and even trivial questions about life in Panama. The expat community in Panama can provide information and advice on how to make the most of Panama's exciting traditions, such as the Dia de los Martires, or trying the best local food in the country, such as Panama's traditional sancocho.
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Attend our monthly events and activities for Panama expatriates to get to know like-minded expatriates in real life.
Get trustworthy advice and local insights from fellow members in our Panama expat forums.
The country is famous for its enormous man-made ship canal, the Panama Canal. The canal is integral to the US and China's shipping and is a huge part of Panama's economy. Panama also installed a brand new metro system that cost around 1.2 billion dollars into Panama City in 2014, in a bid to improve the city's infrastructure. The cosmopolitan Panama City is extremely culturally diverse and full of English speakers as well as expats from around the world. Lined with modern skyscrapers and a beautiful coastline, the sophisticated city is undergoing further canal expansion, has a historic old town and an exciting Spanish culture that expats living in Panama City can tap into. Aside from the capital and other large cities, Panama is filled with indigenous territories and a gorgeous Caribbean coast that makes it perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling. With the expansion of the Panama Canal, there are a number of construction jobs in Panama, as well as higher level jobs in engineering and communications. Ranked among the best places to work abroad for expats, Panama has a growing economy, which makes the country a financially viable place to live. With cheap local produce, easy access to banking, and the tendency to celebrate every occasion with fireworks, Panama offers a great lifestyle for expats.
InterNations is the largest global network for expatriates, with communities in 420 cities around the world. Meet fellow global minds in your city of residence or get to know local expatriates before you're moving or traveling abroad and never feel like a stranger. InterNations makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your expat friends, both online and offline, so you can grow your network of friends and contacts from all over the world. Whether they live in Peru or Qatar, InterNations allows you to be close to them even if they are miles away.
Every member of InterNations is approved to ensure the site is safe and secure for all users. Members are astute in “netiquette” and understand the guiding principles of InterNations; this means you are safe to communicate with other members online and offline. With this in mind, you may want to join up with some of your fellow expats at one of the many groups and events organized by expats in Panama. From the Latin Dancers Group to the Coffee Friends in Panama City, there is a group for every interest. And by meeting up with new like-minded people, you can forge friendships and start your social life in your new home. Establishing friends in a new country is vital to making your expat life a success. It's also a fantastic way to learn more about the culture of Panama, pick up a new skill or just discuss life as an expat with other expatriates — there are a number of ways you can get involved in life in Panama with InterNations.