ABOUT PANAMANational Symbols

THE SYMBOLS THAT DEFINE A NATION

The symbols of Panama are the historically and culturally representative elements of the country. They are recognized not only domestically, but also abroad as synonyms to both Panama and the Panamanian nationality.

The origin of the term is found in Article 6 of the National Constitution of Panama of 1941: "The symbols of the Nation are: the anthem, flag, and coat of arms." In addition to this statement, a subsequent amendment to the same Article 6 of the National Constitution of Panama from 1946 added that: "The symbols of the Nation are: the anthem, flag, and coat of arms adopted prior to the year 1941." This suggests that the second version of the flag of Panama, the coat of arms and the national anthem were already officially recognized before that year and ratified in 1941. The Harpy Eagle was declared the National Bird of the Republic of Panama under Law 18 of April 10, 2002.