Costa Rica - American Style
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About Costa Rica

 
Costa Rica is a country located in Central America that has unlimited tourist potential and is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations. One of Costa Rica’s main sources of income is tourism. Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful country, and it has not had an army since the year 1949.

Although the country is small and it covers only 0.03 % of the surface of the globe, it proudly shelters a 6% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. 25.58 % of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory.

Costa Rica is also an attractive country for investment and it offers great potential for the establishment of important multinational companies, thanks to the outstanding academic level of its population, as well as the high standard of modern services and social and political stability.

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  • OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

The official language is Spanish. The second language for a large portion of the population is English.

  • OFFICIAL RELIGION

The official religion is Catholic. Freedom of religious choice is respected.

  • OFFICIAL CURRENCY

Colon

  • NATIONAL SYMBOLS

     

    Guaria Morada
    The Purple Orchid
    Guarianthe skinneri (Bateman, 1838). It was decreed as the national flower by Agreement number 24 on June 15, 1939.
    Bandera de Costa Rica
    National Flag
    Flag used for civil acts
     
    Arbol de Guanacaste
    Guanacaste Tree
    Enterolobium cyclocarpum. It was declared as the national tree of Costa Rica, on August 31, 1959.
    Escudo de Costa Rica
    National Emblem of Costa Rica
    Enacted since May 5, 1998.
     
    Yigüirro (Ave Nacional)
    Yigüirro (Clay-Colored Robin National Bird)
    urdus grayi. It was decreed as the national bird on January 3, 1977.
    Carreta
    Typical Cart
    National Symbol of Labor. It was decreed as the National Symbol, on March 22, 1988.