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Country Data

General Statistics

Capital:

San José

Countries Size

51.060 km2 = 0.03% of the planet earth

Coordinates

8º to 11°north latitude

82° to 86º west longtitude

Borders

309 KM Nicaragua

Agreement: Cañas Jerez from 15. 04. 1858

Ratified by Laudo Cleveland on 22. 05. 1888

330 KM Panama

Agreement: Echandi – Fernandez from 01. 05. 1941

Administration

7 Provinces, 81 Cantons, 470 Districts

Highest Mountain

CerroChirripo  3.820 m

Atlantic Coast

212 km Punta Castillas to Sixaola

Pacific Coast

1.016 km Bahia Salinas to Punta Burica

Type of Government:

Presidential with new elections every 4 years

Voting Age: 18 years

President:

Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera

Member of the Citizens' Action Party (PAC)

Parlament:

Asamblea Legislativa with 57 MP`s (Members of Parlament)

 

Population Figures

Population:

4.570.000

Division:

Land: 56 % Cities 44 %

Central Valley:

approx. 55% of the total population

Population per sq Km:

88

Average Houshold

3.6

Growth

1980

2.28 Mio

1990

3.05 Mio

2010

4.57 Mio

Population Growth

1,3%

National Language

Spanish

Illiterate

3.8 %.

 

Population Ethnicity

82 %

Kreolen (White Spanish Roots.)

10 %

Mestizen (Indian and White European)

5 %

African Costa Ricans and Mulatten

1 %

Chinese

0.7 %

iIndian split into nine groups

Indian Reservations

22 Reservations comprising a total of 320,886 Ha

 

Population - Age

0 to 5 yrs

7.9 %

5 to 12 yrs

13.7 %

13 to 17 yrs

9.4 %

18 to 24 yrs

13.6 %

25 to 59 yrs

46.1 %

60 yrs +

9.3 %

 

Life Expectancy

Frauen

81.7 Jahre

Männer

76.5 Jahre

 

Education

1 to 6.Class Primary Schools

7 to 9 Class Secondary Schools

10 to 11 Class Technical College

10 to 12 Class Academic College

Private Schools and Universities

10%

State Schools and Universities

90%

 

Vocational Training

Average vocational training lasts 9 months

National Trainings Institute (INA)

Expectation: Completed Education/College

 

Economy

GDP 2010

35,789,000,000 $

Per Person: $ 7,842.00

 

Main Export Earners 2010

Tourism

2.000.000.000 $

21.3 %

Chips, Hardware, Software

1.800.000.000 $

19.2%

Medical Equipment, Medications,

Baby hygiene products

1.228.714.397 $

13.2 %

Bananas (all forms)

741.870.564 $

7,9%

Pineapples

666.990.736 $

7,1%

Coffee

258.807.681 $

2,8%

Palm Oil

91.850.323 $

1,0%

Melon`s

73.472.724 $

0,8%

Sugar Cane

67.049.048 $

0,7%

Celebrating our 25th anniversary Amadeus Travel CR wants to use this opportunity to thank all our customers for travelling with us. We feel very pleased with the honor to have received the highest possible certification regarding sustainable tourism by the National Tourism Institute of Costa Rica. It encourages us to achieve the highest possible standards in terms of the quality of our tours and the education and training of our team.