Pray for: Panama

Flag for Panama

Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Latin America
Capital: Panama City
Population: 4,527,961
% Urban: 68.8 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 26.8 %
Official Language: Spanish
Languages: 18
Literacy Rate: 94 %
Life Expectancy: 76.2 yrs (79/236)
HDI Ranking: 61 / 189
% Christian: 90.5 %
% Evangelical: 19.3 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 90.5 %
People Groups: 30
Least Reached People Groups: 2
% Unevangelized: 1 %


Title: Panama

Tier: 1

Type: country

Panama’s strategic location and socio-political stability also attract many other forces to the area. Proximity to Colombia and the prevalence of offshore finance in Panama mean that drug cartels and other undesirables have a strong presence. Much of Panama’s economy is in service to either these offshore banks or is used to launder money. In 2016, the leak of the Panama Papers exposed massive scales of international tax evasion and fraud facilitated through Panama-based services. Even more alarming is the fact that so little has been done about these revelations, either in Panama or abroad. Pray for a government that will root out corruption, oppose wickedness, and uphold righteousness.

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.