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Costa Rica

Costa Rica
Standards
Road Traffic:right side
Electricity:
Voltage:120V
Frequency:60 Hz
Plug types:A & B,
TV Systems:
System:NTSC M
DVD-Region: 4
Geography
Bordering countries:

Location:
Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama
Area:
total: 51,100 sq km
land: 50,660 sq km
water: 440 sq km
Climate:
tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands
Terrain:
coastal plains separated by rugged mountains including over 100 volcanic cones, of which several are major volcanoes
Economy
GDP: $44.68 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 4% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $11,100 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 13.8% (2005 est.)
Currency: Costa Rican colon (CRC)
Exchange rates:
Costa Rican colones per US dollar - 477.79 (2005), 437.91 (2004), 398.66 (2003), 359.82 (2002), 328.87 (2001)
People
Population: 4,075,261 (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 1.45% (2006 est.)
Religions:
Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.3%, other Protestant 0.7%, other 4.8%, none 3.2%
Languages:
Spanish (official), English
Government
Capital:
name: San Jose
time difference: UTC-6 (1 hour behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Independence:
15 September 1821 (from Spain)


Note: Information on Costa Rica was mainly sourced from CIA's World Factbook and may represent an American point of view. To learn more about Costa Rica, please visit one of the links below.


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