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Acknowledgements

About the Author

Contents

Foreword

Chapter 1

  • Panama’s Land, History, People and Where to Live
  • The Lay of the Land
  • Maps
  • Weather
  • Where to Live in Panama
  • A One-of-a-kind Tour
  • Panama’s History in Brief
  • Government
  • Economy
  • The People

Chapter 2

  • Saving Money in Panama
  • How Much Does it Cost to Live in Panama?
  • Tipping
  • Money
  • Paying Bills
  • Banking in Panama
  • Housing and Real Estate Investments
  • Affordable Hired Help
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Taxes
  • Panamanian Offshore Corporations
  • Panamanian Interest Foundations

Chapter 3

  • Making Money in Panama
  • Investing in Panama
  • Panama’s Stock Market
  • Finding Work
  • Starting a Business
  • Opening a Business in Twenty Minutes
  • Common Business Sense
  • Protecting Foreign Investment in Panama (Law 54)

Chapter 4

  • Red Tape
  • Dealing with Bureaucracy
  • How to Become a Legal
  • Resident of Panama
  • Additional Methods of Applying for Panamanian Residency
  • Immigration and Other Matters
  • Visas
  • Extending Your Stay
  • Leaving the Country
  • Work Permits
  • New Immigration Law
  • Perpetual Tourist
  • Panamanian Citizenship
  • Getting Married and Fiancee Visas
  • Purchasing an Automobile
  • Driving an Automobile to Panama
  • Bringing Your Boat to Panama
  • Shipping Your Household Goods
  • Ways to Bring Your Belongings
  • How to Find a Lawyer
  • Panamanian Consulates and
  • Embassies Abroad
  • Panamanian Consulates in the U.s
  • Embassies and Consulates in Panama

Chapter 5

  • Keeping Busy and Happy in Panama
  • Some Sound Advice
  • English Books Newspapers and Magazines
  • Television and Radio
  • Video Rentals
  • Shopping
  • Panamanian Pastimes
  • Baseball and Boxing
  • Golf in Panama
  • Museums and Art Galleries
  • Water Sports and Fishing
  • Parks for Nature Lovers
  • Where to Make New Friends
  • Love and Permanent Companionship
  • Panama’s Wild Side
  • Nightlife and Entertainment
  • Gambling
  • Movies and Theaters

Chapter 6

  • Communications
  • Telephone
  • Internet Services
  • Mail Service
  • Receiving Money from Abroad
  • Private Mail Services

Chapter 7

  • Education
  • How to Learn Spanish
  • Panama’s Universities
  • Private Schools
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Chapter 8

  • Getting Around
  • Air Travel to, in and Around Panama
  • Traveling by Bus in Panama
  • Bus Travel to and from Panama
  • Panama’s Taxis
  • Automobile Rentals
  • Driving in Panama
  • Keeping Your Bearings Straight
  • Boat Travel
  • Map of Downtown Panama City
  • Ferry and Train Travel

Chapter 9

  • More Helpful Information
  • Where to Find Affordable Foods
  • Restaurants
  • Religion
  • Panama’s Holidays
  • Bringing Your Pets to Panama
  • Understanding the Metric System

Chapter 10

  • Parting Thoughts and Advice
  • Personal Safety In Panama
  • Life as an Expatriate
  • Steps for Importing a Handgun
  • Gun Permits
  • A Movers Check List
  • Information About Living In Panama
  • Internet Resources
  • Discussion Groups
  • Suggested Reading
  • Spanish Survival Vocabulary
  • Important Phone Numbers
  • Another View of Panama
  • Panamanian Corporation Law
  • Index

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