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Costa Rica - Area and Population. Area about equal to southern California south of Los Angeles Costa Rica U.S. Population 4.1 million 301 million 5.8% over 65 12.6% Median Age 27 37 Life expectancy 77 78 European ancestry 94% 82% Catholics 76% 24%.

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Costa Rica - Area and Population

Area about equal to southern California

south of Los Angeles

Costa Rica U.S.

Population 4.1 million 301 million

5.8% over 65 12.6%

Median Age 27 37

Life expectancy 77 78

European ancestry 94% 82%

Catholics 76% 24%


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Costa Rica

Democratic Republic

Voting age 18, mandatory voting

President – Oscar Arias

Legislative Assembly, elected

No army

No oil, no gold

Agricultural products: bananas, pineapples, coffee, nursery stock, sugar, corn, rice, beans, potatoes, beef, timber

Manufacturing: electronic products, textiles


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A Little History

1562 Spanish landed on Caribbean coast near Limon

1573 50 families in Cartago

1641 Slave ship wrecks on Caribbean coast (Miskitos)

1821 Independence from Spain (mailed in)

United Provinces of Central America

1824 Nicoya joins Costa Rica

1838 Independent Costa Rica

1855 William Walker takes control of Nicaragua

1858 Walker defeated in Costa Rica

1832 First coffee exports

1880 First banana exports

1917, 1948 Dictators take over and are removed

1934 Strike against the United Fruit Company


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Surrounding Countries

Nicaragua to the north

1979 Sandanistas topple dictator

Opposed by the U.S.

U.S. fought governments of Nicaragua and San Salvador

Panama to the south

1903 Seceded from Columbia with U.S. help

Ceded Panama Zone to U.S.

1989 U.S. invaded Panama to remove Noriega

2000 U.S. ceded Panama Zone to Panama


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Medical Recommendations

We (and the Centers for Disease Control) recommend:

Vaccination for Hepatitis A

Vaccination for Hepatitis B

Vaccination for Typhoid

Taking Chloroquine for malaria prevention


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