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Republic of Costa Rica
República de Costa Rica
FlagCoat of arms
Anthem: "Noble patria, tu hermosa bandera" (Spanish)
"Noble motherland, your beautiful flag"
Capital
and largest city
San José
9°56′N84°5′W / 9.933°N 84.083°W / 9.933; -84.083
Official languagesSpanish
Recognised regional languages
Ethnic groups (2011[1])
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Demonym
GovernmentUnitarypresidentialconstitutional republic
 - PresidentLuis Guillermo Solís
LegislatureLegislative Assembly
Independence declared
 - from SpainSeptember 15, 1821 
 - from MexicoJuly 1, 1823 
 - from the United Provinces
of Central America
1838 
 - Recognized by SpainMay 10, 1850 
 - ConstitutionNovember 7, 1949[2] 
Area
 - Total51,100 km2 (128th)
19,653 sq mi
 - Water (%)0.7
Population
 - 2011 census4,586,353[3]
 - Density84[3]/km2 (107th)
220/sq mi
GDP (PPP)2014 estimate
 - Total$64.873 billion[4]
 - Per capita$13,341[4]
GDP (nominal)2014 estimate
 - Total$52.968 billion[4]
 - Per capita$10,893[4]
Gini (2009)50.7[5]
high
HDI (2013)Increase 0.763[6]
high ·68th
CurrencyCosta Rican colón (CRC)
Time zoneCST(UTC−6)
Drives on theright
Calling code+506
ISO 3166 codeCR
Internet TLD.cr
a.First Mexican Empire.

Source: CIA World Factbook
Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of June 30, 2015


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