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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
 • 1st Vice-PresidentHelio Fallas Venegas
 • 2nd Vice-PresidentAna Helena Chacón Echeverría
LegislatureLegislative Assembly
Independence declared
 • from SpainSeptember 15, 1821 
 • from First Mexican EmpireJuly 1, 1823 
 • from the United Provinces
of Central America
1838 
 • Recognized by SpainMay 10, 1850 
 • ConstitutionNovember 7, 1949[1] 
Area
 • Total51,100 km2 (128th)
19,653 sq mi
 • Water (%)0.7
Population
 • 2011 census4,586,353[2]
 • Density84[2]/km2 (107th)
220/sq mi
GDP (PPP)2015 estimate
 • Total$74.324 billion[3]
 • Per capita$15,365[3]
GDP (nominal)2015 estimate
 • Total$52.800 billion[3]
 • Per capita$10,916[3]
Gini (2009)40.7[4]
medium
HDI (2014)Increase 0.766[5]
high ·69th
CurrencyCosta Rican colón (CRC)
Time zoneCST(UTC−6)
Drives on theright
Calling code+506
ISO 3166 codeCR
Internet TLD.cr.co.cr

Source: CIA World Factbook
Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of October 9, 2016


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