OFFICIAL NAME: Costa Rica
CAPITAL CITY: San Josť
POPULATION: 4,100,000 (Source: COUNTRYaah)
AREA: 51,100 km²
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE (S): Spanish, few Native American languages
RELIGION: Catholics 85%, Protestants approximately 14%, others less than 1%
CURRENCY CODE: CRC
ENGLISH NAME: Costa Rica
POPULATION COMPOSITION: white 94%, black 3%, Indians 1%, Chinese 1%, others 1%
GDP PER residents: $ 4422 (2007)
LIFE EXPECTANCY: men 76 years, women 81 years (2007)
INDEX OF LIVING CONDITIONS, HDI: 0.841
INDEX OF LIVING CONDITIONS, POSITION: 48
INTERNET DOMAIN NAME: .cr
Costa Rica, (spa. 'The Rich Coast'), republic of Central America, until 1821
Spanish colony. Measured by Central American ale, Costa Rica is affluent, few
are illiterate, and the social system is well developed; the country has often
been called "Switzerland of Central America". Economic development has taken
place in strong dependence on the United States, and the "American dream" is
pursued here to a much greater extent than in the other countries of the region.
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Costa Rica's success story was under pressure in the 1990's due to falling
prices for the country's traditional exports, coffee, bananas and meat. Since
then, the economy has improved, but the country has had a trade deficit and
relatively high inflation until 2005.