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Costa Rica

Ethnic Groups

  • White or Mestizo 83.6%
  • Mulato 6.7%
  • Indigenous 2.4%
  • Black of African descent 1.1%
  • Other 1.1%
  • None 2.9%
  • Unspecified 2.2%

Religion

  • Roman Catholic 76.3%
  • Evangelical 13.7%
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses 1.3%
  • Other Protestant 0.7%
  • Other 4.8%
  • None 3.2%

Economic Overview

  • GDP: $48.5 billion (2013 est.)
  • Agriculture Products: bananas, pineapples, coffee, melons, ornamental plants, sugar, corn, rice, beans, potatoes; beef, poultry, dairy; timber
  • Industries: microprocessors, food processing, medical equipment, textiles and clothing, construction materials, fertilizer, plastic products
  • Total Labor Force:2.222 million (2013 est.)
    • Agriculture: 14%
    • Industry: 22%
    • Services: 64%
  • Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (2013 est.)

Location

Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama

Population

4,755,234 (July 2014 est.)

Government Type

Democratic Republic

Climate

tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands