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Costa Rica - Country facts

Map

Small map of Costa Rica
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Flag

Country flag: Costa Rica

Capital

San Jose

Currency

Costa Rican colon (CRC)

Internet Code

.cr

Location

Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama

Background

Costa Rica is a Central American success story: since the late 19th century, only two brief periods of violence have marred its democratic development. Although still a largely agricultural country, it has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism sectors. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread.

Climate

tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands

Terrain

coastal plains separated by rugged mountains including over 100 volcanic cones, of which several are major volcanoes

Population

4,016,173 (July 2005 est.)

Ethnic Groups

white (including mestizo) 94%, black 3%, Amerindian 1%, Chinese 1%, other 1%

Religions

Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.3%, other Protestant 0.7%, other 4.8%, none 3.2%

Languages

Spanish (official), English

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