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Costa Rica in Brief

-Limits: Limits to the North with the Republic of Nicaragua and to the South-East with the Republic of Panama.
-Population: 4,652,459 inhabitants (July 2013) features.
-Territory: Its territory, with a total area of 51,100 km², is bathed in the East by the Caribbean Sea and to the West by the Pacific Ocean.
-It has maritime boundaries, bordered by Panama, Colombia, Nicaragua and Ecuador.
-Capital, political and economic center is San Jose.
-Official language is the Spanish.
-Currency: The Colon.
Popular expression: "Pura Vida" meaning "Pure Life".

-Costa Rica is one of the most consolidated democracies of America, is the only Latin American country included in the list of the world's 22 older democracies.

-It earned worldwide recognition for abolishing the army on December 1st, 1948, abolition which was perpetuated in the Constitution of 1949.

-Costa Rica ranks fifth globally in the classification of the Index of Environmental Performance of 2012 and the first place among the countries of the American continent.

-In the classification of the 2011 Tourism Competitiveness Index ranked Costa Rica instead 44 worldwide and second in Latin America, surpassed only by Mexico.

-Costa Rica is ranked as the country with greater press freedom in Latin America and number 19 around the world in 2011.

-According to the 2012 Global Peace Index, Costa Rica is in third place among the safest countries in Latin America, surpassed only by Chile and Uruguay, respectively, and first according to the Ranking of security of America Latina of Latinvex.

-Index of human development of 2012 is the seventh best of Latin America and the second in Central America.

-By 2010, according to the Costa Rica Gender Inequality Index is the most egalitarian country in Latin America.

-In 2010 the UNDP pointed out that Costa Rica is among the few countries that have reached a high human development much more than other countries in the same income level. Costa Rica was the country that registered the greatest life expectancy of Latin America (79.4 years).

-Costa Rica is the most democratic country in Latin America according to the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, because of the high participation of women in posts of popular election, the generous participation of parties in the Congress and the efficiency and coverage of health and education services.

-It is the country of Latin America and the Caribbean, with lower housing deficit, according to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Latin Security Index, Latin Business Chronicle (FTI Consulting), Costa Rica is the safest in Latin America country.

-In 2007 the Government of Costa Rica announced plans to become the first country in the world carbon neutral for the year 2021, when it will meet its 200th anniversary as an independent nation.

-In accordance with the New Economics Foundation (FNE), Costa Rica ranks first in the Happy Planet Index (HPI) 2012, distinction that had already received in the previous 2009 ranking.

-In addition, the FNE ranked Costa Rica as the "greenest" countries in the world in 2009.

-In 2012, Costa Rica became the first country in the Americas to ban sport hunting, a popular initiative law.

-Costa Rica ranks number 1 in having the best naturalist tour guides in the world.
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