The Physical Geography of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is located in Central America with coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is virtually in the centre of the continent sandwiched between Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the South.

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Costa Rica’s History and Its Colonial Past

n a region of political instability Costa Rica has demonstrated over the years a stable economy and the turbulence that often effects the other regions of Central America has fortunately avoided this country.

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The Economy of Costa Rica

Currently there are divided opinions about Costa Rica’s current economic strength. Looking at the situation positively there is a large source of highly educated workers available, located in a country that has invested heavily in its education, its housing and its health industry.

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The Flora and Fauna of Costa Rica

Costa Rica in Spanish means “rich coast’. The country has a wealth of natural diversity and within in its boundaries it contains rainforests, mangrove swamps, cloud forests and coral reefs. Despite being small it is claimed that the country contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity. The dense tropical rainforest The tropical climate of the country which is hot and wet means that this creates ideal growing conditions for vegetation. This produces the variety and density of vegetation that grow. In the country there are 10,000 different trees and plants that…

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The cuisine of Costa Rica

The cuisine of Costa Rica tends to be mild and is based around fruits and vegetable. Rice and black beans are the staples of the diet and are served up three times a day. With the country being a major tourist destination, all nationalities of food can be found especially in the cities. Rondon soup is a Caribbean dish that is eaten in the country. It consists of a basic spicy coconut soup and then the ingredients will depend on whatever the cook had available. It is a typical dish…

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The Government of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a democratic republic and the rules of the country and its citizens have been set out in the 1949 constitution. It is seen as having the most stable political economy in the whole of South and Central America. One of the major effects of the 1949 constitution was to abolish the army. By doing this the funds that were previously used to fund the army were redirected into health and education. Costa Rica has the best education and health care in the region and the benefits have…

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The Major Urban Areas of Costa Rica

Costa Rica does not have many large urban areas. The country is split between been 82% of its residents living in urban areas and 18% living in rural areas. The largest urban areas are the urban area of San Jose which has a population of 1,415,000 residents but contains a number of different cities. The largest is San Jose itself with a population of 300,000 and it acts as the capital of the country. This area is in Central Valley and contains a third of the total population of the…

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The People of Costa Rica

The population of Costa Rica is 4.9 million people and of that number 330,000 live in the capital of San Jose. Of the total population 94% are white and Mestizos, 3% are black, 1% are Amerindians, and 1% are Asians. The population is increasing at approximately 1.5% per year and currently 40% live in rural areas and 60% live in urban areas. The indigenous inhabitants in 2011 totalled 104,000 with most of them living in secluded reservations. The White population includes the European Costa Ricans and the Mestizos. The Europeans…

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The Economy of Costa Rica

Currently there are divided opinions about Costa Rica’s current economic strength. Looking at the situation positively there is a large source of highly educated workers available, located in a country that has invested heavily in its education, its housing and its health industry. On the negative side these huge investments have created big debts for the country to bear. It is currently debating major fiscal reform, as it has some of the biggest debts in Central and Southern America. Prior to the global down turn in 2009 Costa Rica was…

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Costa Rica’s History and Its Colonial Past

In a region of political instability Costa Rica has demonstrated over the years a stable economy and the turbulence that often effects the other regions of Central America has fortunately avoided this country. Costa Rica translated from Spanish means rich coast and it was the Spanish who first colonized the country in the 16th century. Prior to this date it was inhabited by the indigenous people. It was for a short period part of the “First Mexican Empire” but gained its independence in 1847. After a brief civil war, it…

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The Physical Geography of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is located in Central America with coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It is virtually in the centre of the continent sandwiched between Nicaragua to the North and Panama to the South. It has a land area of 19,714 square miles. The country is 180 miles long and at its narrowest point it is only 75 miles wide. In terms of size it is ranked the 129th largest country in the world and is similar in size to…

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