Costa Rica

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Cities Costa Rica  
Country information country code: CR
continent: North America
capital: San Jose
languages: Spanish

EU membership: no
NATO membership: no

GSM: 1800
GPS: 10 00 N, 84 00 W
electricity: 120V/60Hz

currency:
Costa Rican Colon: CRC
1CRC = 0.002 USD
1CRC = 0.002 EUR

phone code: +506

Travel advices and warnings Costa Rica
Tourism Tourism in Costa Rica is one of the fastest growing economic sectors of the countryand by 1995 became the largest foreign exchange earner. Since 1999, tourism earns more foreign exchange than bananas, pineapples and coffee combined. The tourism boom began in 1987, with the number of visitors up from 329, 000 in 1988, through 1. 03 million in 1999, to a historical record of 2. 1 million foreign visitors in 2010. In 2008, tourism contributed with 7. 2% of the country's GDP, 22. 7% of foreign exchange generated by all exports, and in 2005 it was responsible for 13. 3% of direct and indirect employment.
Language Republic of Costa Rica, República de Costa Rica. 4, 327, 000. National or official language: Spanish. Literacy rate: 93% (WA 1999). Immigrant languages: Basque, Eastern Yiddish, Yue Chinese (4, 500). Information mainly from SIL 1967–2002. Blind population: 2, 500. Deaf population: 202, 625. Deaf institutions: 9. The number of individual languages listed for Costa Rica is 10. Of those, all are living languages.
Climate The climate of Costa Rica. Costa Rica is unequivocally a tropical country, situated between 8° and 11° North latitude, fairly close to the equator. Although in the mountains above 2000 meters you get much cooler temperatures, the average annual temperature for most of the country lies between 21. 7°C (71°F) and 27°C (81°F). The coolest months are from November through January, and the warmest from March through May. San José, the capital, where over a third of the population lives, stands at approximately 1170 meters altitude and has a mean annual temperature of 20. 6°C (69°F).
Cuisine Costa Rican cuisine is known for being flavorful, yet fairly mild, with high reliance on fresh fruit and vegetables. The main staple, known as gallo pinto, consists of rice and black beans. [citation needed]
For lunch, the traditional national dish is called a casado. It again consists of rice and beans served side by side instead of mixed. There will usually be some type of meat (carne asada, fish, pork chop or chicken) and a salad to round out the dish. There may also be some extras like fried plantain (patacones or maduro), a slice of white cheese, and/or corn tortillas in accompaniment. Salsa Lizano is ubiquitous as a condiment and as an ingredient in cooking various dishes, including gallo pinto. In many family gatherings or for special occasions is very common to prepare Arroz con Pollo (rice with chicken) accompanied with a Russian Salad, a salad made with beets, potatoes, hard boiled eggs and mayo. These two dishes are very popular in Costa Rican cuisine.
In taverns, various small dishes (boquitas) are served which include patacones with black bean dip, chimichurri (tomatoes and onions pickled in lime juice) accompanied with tortilla chips, chifrijo (rice and beans with chicharrones, which are fried pork skins, and chimichurri), ceviche (fish and/or shrimp with onions and pickled in lime juice) and vigorón (cabbage, chimichurri, yucca, served with a slice of lime).

San Jose, Costa Rica

Sunday 20, January

From wikipedia about Costa Rica

:For the plant genus Costa Rica, see its synonym Sicyos.


Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south and the Caribbean Sea to the east.

Costa Rica, which means "Rich Coast", constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949. It is the only Latin American country included in the list of the world's 22 older democracies. Costa Rica has consistently been among the top Latin American countries in the Human Development Index, ranked 62nd in the world in 2010, and is cited by the UNDP as one of the countries that have attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels. pp. 5, 49 and 144 The country is ranked third in the world, and first among the Americas, in terms of the 2010 Environmental Performance Index.

In 2007, the Costa Rican government announced plans for Costa Rica to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021. According to the New Economics Foundation, Costa Rica ranks first in the Happy Planet Index and is the "greenest" country in the world.
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