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Costa Rica. By Lindsay. Geography. Located in Central America Borders the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean Nicaragua to the north Panama to the south. Three main regions of geography: 1 st - Pacific Coastline (rock lines, white and black sandy beaches)

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Costa rica

Costa Rica

By Lindsay


Geography

Geography

  • Located in Central America

  • Borders the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean

  • Nicaragua to the north

  • Panama to the south


Geography cont

Three main regions of geography:

  • 1st - Pacific Coastline (rock lines, white and black sandy beaches)

  • 2nd - Central Valley (meadows, rolling hills, and large valleys)

  • 3rd – Mountain Ranges(active volcanoes, streams, and waterfalls)

  • volcanoes; of them are active

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Geography cont.


Costa rica

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Citizenship

Citizenship

Democratic republic

Strong system of checks and balances

1 president (Oscar Arias Sanchez)

2 vice presidents (Laura Chinchilla, Kevin Zamora)

Hold office for 4 years

Many people attain dual citizenship rights in Costa Rica and the United States

Highest literacy rate in Latin American countries (96%)


Economics

Economics

  • 9.2% inflation

  • 5% of employment rate

  • Coffee, beef, and bananas are main exports

  • Tourism: beaches, rain forest, national parks

  • Exports at risk for inflation

  • Dependency on imported oil

  • Large domestic debt


Conflict

Conflict

  • Least violent Central American country

  • Illegal immigrants from Nicaragua

  • Crime is rising

    -drug smuggling & money laundering

  • Some attacks/kidnappings on tourists

  • Currently 8526 prisoners

  • No death penalty


Global interaction

Global Interaction

  • US most important trading partner

    -half of exports and imports

  • US + CR want to preserve tropical resources

    -2007, US reduced debt for conservation of rain forest

  • American citizens

    -30 to 50 thousand retirees

    -700,000 tourists


Cultural diversity

Cultural Diversity

  • Multicultural Society

    -descendants from Spaniards (colonizers)

    -Jamaicans in 19th century (build railroad)

    -Chinese laborers

    -Italian immigrants

    -Many refugees from Central American countries due to Civil Wars

  • Natives

    -2% of total population

    -8 surviving tribes


Bibliography

Bibliography

  • http://www.property-in-costarica.com/physical-features-of-costa-rica.html

  • http://www.historycentral.com/nationbynation/Costarica/Gov.html

  • http://dev.prenhall.com/divisions/hss/worldreference/CR/economics.html

  • http://dev.prenhall.com/divisions/hss/worldreference/CR/crime.html

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Costa_Rica_%E2%80%93_United_States_relations

  • http://www.costaricavirtualguide.com/eng_bevolkingsgroepen.html


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