Country Profile: Costa Rica

Beach, water and hills in Costa Rica. Public domain image.

Republic of Costa Rica Quick Facts... Region: Central America, Climate: Tropical except for high altitudes, Language: Spanish, Capital: San Jose, Life Expectancy: 80, Population: 5 million, Currency: Colon

Costa Rica's major industries include agriculture, tourism, medical devices and textiles. The country benefits from lengthy coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean. It's known as one of the wealthier and more stable nations in the region. Costa Rica differs from most other countries in that it doesn't have a military. About 28 percent of the land is devoted to national parks.

Helpful resources: Costa Rica expat discussion forum | Ways to become a long-term resident | Interview with a Canadian expat in Costa Rica

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