Even though Panama is a tropical country, there’s a singular place up in the mountains of Chiriqui where you will feel very much like in the Scandinavian Peninsula. It’s chilly, green, large trees, and buildings following the traditional Norwegian architecture. I’m referring to Finca Lérida, founded by a former Norwegian employee of the Panama Canal called Toleff Boche Monniche who arrived in Panama to work as an engineer for the international waterway.
Before I continue, let me explain that Scandinavia is a historical cultural-linguistic region in Northern Europe characterized by a common ethno-cultural Germanic heritage and related languages that includes the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Scandinavian style is a way of life—it is at once urban and close to nature. The tradition under the stern limits set by conditions—as one goes further north, the climate gets harsher and the materials scarcer—has been simplify. Typical features, such as natural materials, light-weight, delicate features and simple joints, are starting points.
Having said this, you will appreciate better the buildings that constitute the mountain hotel complex of Finca Lérida in Alto Quiel, Boquete in the Republic of Panama.