Costa Rica Facts - EcoTrans Costa Rica 1 (954) 353-6737 1 (404) 826-0005 firstname.lastname@example.org Home Ecotrans Shuttle Service Our Fleet Liberia Airport Transportation Guanacaste Transportation Liberia Airport Arrivals & Departures Tamarindo Airport Arrivals & Departures Costa Rica Guanacaste Our Speciality Costa Rica Map Tours Hotels Contact BOOK NOW ASK QUOTE WHATSAPP About Costa Rica COSTA RICA FACTS Name: Republic of Costa Rica. Location: Central America, south of Nicaragua and North of Panama. Capital: San José. Area: 50,660 km sq (about the size of the U.S. state of West Virginia). Population: 5 million. Infant mortality rate: 11.6 per 1,000 live births. Life expectancy: 77.49 years male, 79.52 years female. Total fertility rate: 3.11 children per woman (1993 estimate). Principal industries: Tourism, coffee, bananas. Ethnic divisions: White (including mestizo) 96 percent, Black 2 percent, Indian 1 percent, Chinese 1 percent. Language: Spanish (official), English spoken around Puerto Limon, in the tourism industry, and by many professionals in the Central Valley. Religions: Roman Catholic (official state religion) 95 percent. Protestant faiths are practiced, and there is a small Jewish community. Administrative division: Provinces: Alajuela, Cartago, Guanacaste, Heredia, Limón, Puntarenas, San José. Legal system: Based on Spanish civil law system, judicial review of legislative acts in the Supreme Court. Direct election: Democratic republic with two similar centrist dominant parties National Liberation Party (PLN) and Christian Unity Party (PUSC). Elections held every four years. Education: Free and compulsory through the end of the 9th year.