Introduction

flag Costa Rica Costa Rica: Introduction

Capital: San Jose

Population

Total Population: 5,180,829
Natural Increase: 0.5%
Density: 101 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 82.0%
Ethnic Origins: Population of European, North American and Mestizo origin nearly 84%, mulattoes about 7%, indigenous populations a little over 2%, of African origin about 1% and finally other ethnic groups (including Asians, notably Chinese) represent 6% of the total population. (National Institute of Statistics and Census)
Official Language: Spanish
Other Languages Spoken: Creole English
Business Language(s): English
Religion: Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.3%, Protestant 0.7%, Others 8%.
Literacy Rate: 94.9%

Local Time:

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Exchange Rate on :

National Currency: Costa Rican Colon (CRC)

Country Overview

Area: 51,100 km²
Type of State: Democratic Republic.
Type of Economy: Upper-middle-income economy.
Second strongest per capita GDP in Central America; importance of ecotourism in the economy.
HDI*: 0.766/1
HDI (World Rank): 69/188

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.

Telecommunication

Telephone Code:
To call from Costa Rica, dial 00
To call Costa Rica, dial +506
Internet Suffix: .cr
Computers: 23.1 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 21.2 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 47.5 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 99.5% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

 
Foreign Trade Indicators 20182019202020212022
Imports of Goods (million USD) 18,28917,57314,94220,72822,685
Exports of Goods (million USD) 11,49511,86412,31915,49417,752
Imports of Services (million USD) 4,2124,6143,4344,2695,498
Exports of Services (million USD) 9,75110,9067,9299,16411,790

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, Latest data available.

 

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