Costa Rica

Costa Rica was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1502 on his fourth voyage.

He found some indigenous reserves, among which are Chorotegas, Bruncas and Huetares.

It is believed that the Spanish, gave the name of Costa Rica, because he thought he had huge gold mines hidden in the mountains. These days, it is said that the name is given because of the amazing natural resources found in this small country.

Costa Rica's democracy has evolved for over 100 years. It is one of the oldest democracies in Latin America. President and deputies are elected every four years. After the War of 1948, the government decided to abolish the army, and create institutions, many in charge of ensuring the benefits of Costa Ricans.

Geographic Boundaries

  • North - Nicaragua / South - Panamá
  • West - Ocean Pacific / East - Caribbean

Provinces

  • San José - Capital
  • Alajuela, Heredia y Cartago - capital sorroundings
  • Guanacaste, Limn y Puntarenas - located in coastal areas

Population

  • 4 million people, approximately

Language

  • Spanish

Education:

  • Public education is free and compulsory.
  • There are 4 government universities and many private universities
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