About Costa Rica:
Officially Republic of Costa Rica, republic (1995 est. pop. 3,301,210), 19,575 sq mi (50,700 sq km), Central America. It is bounded on the north by Nicaragua, on the east by the Caribbean Sea, on the southeast by Panama, and on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean. The capital and largest city is San José . In addition to the capital, other important cities are Alajuela, Heredia, Puntarenas, and Cartago.-
One of the most stable countries in Latin America, Costa Rica has a long democratic tradition, a literacy rate of over 90%, and no army. The population is largely of Spanish descent, and the official language is Spanish. About 95% of the people are Roman Catholics.-Tamarindo Real Estate
Costa Rica is an agricultural country, although industry has been the mainstay for the last 50 years the country's service sector has been growing exponentially over the last decade. Industries include food processing and the manufacture of textiles and clothing, construction materials, fertilizer, electronics and high technology. Coffee, bananas, sugar, and beef are exported, as well as manufactured goods such as textiles. Petroleum, machinery, consumer durables, chemicals, and some foodstuffs are imported. Tourism is the second biggest money-earner, after agriculture. Transnational companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Intel and many other technological and medical device companies have subsidiaries here. Uber has recently set up its headquarter here for Latin America as well. The country's real estate sector has been growing steadily over the last two decades with more and more baby boomers retiring here as well as professional families from the world over immigrating to the country.
The country is governed under the 1949 constitution. The president, a strong executive, serves a four-year term and may not be immediately reelected. The unicameral legislature is also elected every four years. There is universal adult suffrage, and voting is compulsory. The country is divided into seven provinces.