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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.
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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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