Republic of Costa Rica

República de Costa Rica

Political Status: Independence proclaimed September 15, 1821; republic established in 1848; democratic constitutional system instituted in 1899.

Area: 19,575 sq. mi. (50,700 sq. km.).

Population: 3,810,179 (2000C); 4,176,000 (2004E).

Major Urban Centers (2000C): SAN JOSE (309,672), Alajuela (222,853), Cartago (132,057), Heredia (103,899), Puntarenas (102,504), Limón (89,933), Liberia (46,703).

Principal Language: Spanish (there is no “official” language).

Monetary Unit: Colón (market rate July 1, 2005: 478.35 colónes = $1US).

President: Abel PACHECO de la Espriella (Social Christian Unity Party); elected on April 7, 2002, and inaugurated for a four-year term on May 8 succeeding Miguel Angel RODRIGUEZ Echeverría (Social Christian Unity Party).

First Vice President: Lineth SABORIO Chaverri (Social Christian Unity Party); elected on April 7, 2002, and inaugurated on May 8 for a term concurrent with ...

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