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Costa Rica Introduction




Costa Rica is a small, mountainous country in Central America. It is bordered by Nicaragua on the north, the Caribbean Sea and Panama on the east, and the Pacific Ocean on the south and west.

A chain of rugged mountains stretches across central Costa Rica from northwest to southeast. A few of the highest peaks in this chain are active volcanoes. Tropical forests grow on the country's coastal lowlands.

Costa Rica declared its independence from Spain in 1821. After a turbulent beginning it inaugurated an era of peaceful democracy in 1889, subsequently interrupted only twice, by a dictatorial interlude in 1917-19 and an armed uprising in 1948.

Increasing the role of the private sector while maintaining the government's social safety net and keeping under control the budget deficit, unemployment, and inflation are key current issues

A Short 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 achieved a relatively high standard of living. Land ownership is widespread. Tourism is a rapidly expanding industry.


1UpTravel's Guide to Central America

Topography of Central America - Read more about the geography and topography of Central America

History of Central America - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of Central America

Life & People of Central America - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of Central America

Local Cuisine of Central America - Find out delicious local cuisines of Central America

Holidays in Central America - Check out a list of the local holidays in Central America

Festivals in Central America - Learn about the festivals in Central America

Embassies of Central America - Provides an Embassy database for Central America

Administration facts of Central America - Learn about the governmental administration facts of Central America

Newstands in Central America - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of Central America

Attractions in Central America - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in Central America

Maps of Central America - Discover a detailed map of Central America

Map Database of Central America - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of Central America

Flags of Central America - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of Central America. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of Central America - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of Central America

Shopping in Central America - Find out the best places for shopping in Central America

Restaurants in Central America - Browse a list of eat-outs in Central America

Geography of Central America - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Central America

People of Central America - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Central America

Government and Politics in Central America - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of Central America.

Economy of Central America - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of Central America

Communications in Central America - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in Central America

Transportation in Central America - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in Central America

Military of Central America - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in Central America

Transnational Issues of Central America - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of Central America


 





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