Name: Republic of Costa Rica
Location: Central America, south of
Nicaragua and North of Panama
Capital: San Jose
Area: 50,660 km sq (about the size of the
U.S. state of West Virginia).
Population: 4.5 million (2006 estimation)
Infant mortality rate: 11.6 per 1,000 live
Life expectancy: 77.49
years male, 79.52 years female
Total fertility rate: 3.11 children per
woman (1993 estimate)
Ethnic divisions: white (including mestizo)
96 percent, Black 2 percent, Indian 1 percent, Chinese 1
Religions: Roman Catholic (official state
religion) 95 percent. Protestant faiths are practiced, and
there is a small Jewish community.
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Language: Spanish (official), English
spoken around Puerto Limon, in the tourism industry, and by
many professionals in the Central Valley
Provinces : Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste,
Heredia, Limon, Puntarenas, San Jose
Legal system: based on Spanish civil law
system, judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme
Direct election : democratic republic with
two similar centrist dominant parties National Liberation
Party (PLN) and Christian Unity Party (PUSC). Elections held
every four years.
Education: Free and compulsory through the
end of the 9th year.
Principal industries: Tourism, coffee,
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