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Costa Rica

COUNTRY NAME:

Conventional long form: Republica de Costa Rica / Republic of Costa Rica. Short form: Costa Rica.

Costa Rica total area

SIZE:

51,060 square kms (19,714 square miles)

Costa Rica population

POPULATION:

4 million (source: World Bank)

Costa Rica city

CAPITAL CITY:

San Jose. Estimated population: 1,200,000

Costa Rica admin

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION:

7 provinces: San Jose (capital of the country), Cartago, Heredia, Alajuela, Guanacaste, Puntarenas and Limon.

Costa Rica

LOCAL TIME DIFFERENCE:

GMT minus 6 hours.

Costa Rica language

LANGUAGES SPOKEN:

Spanish is the official language, although English is widely spoken in the business community and at most tourist destinations. English is spoken around Puerto Limon as part of the culture.

Costa Rica admin religion

RELIGION:

Majority Roman Catholic, then Evangelical; Methodist; Baptist; Episcopalian; Jewish and others. The Catholic Faith is the official religion, although the right to practice other religions is guaranteed.

Costa Rica ETHNIC

ETHNIC:

98% are white or “meztizos” (racially mixed), except in Limon province on the Caribbean coast, where an estimated 70,000 blacks and 5,000 Indigenous people live. The Northern Guanacaste province also has a sizeable Indigenous population.

Costa Rica national bird

NATIONAL BIRD:

Yigüirro (Turdus grayi)

Costa Rica national flower

NATIONAL FLOWER:

Guaria Morada (Cattleya skinneri)

Costa Rica tree

NATIONAL TREE:

Guanacaste (Enterolobium cyclocarpum