Costa Rica

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Costa Rica
For the plant genus Costa Rica, see its synonym Sicyos. Republic of Costa RicaRepública de Costa Rica File:Flag of Costa Rica (state). svg File:Coat of arms of Costa Rica. svg Motto: "Vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz" "Long live work and peace" Anthem: File:Costa Rica National Anthem. ogg Noble patria, tu hermosa bandera File:Costa Rica (orthographic projection). svg Capital(and largest city)San José Official language(s) Spanish Recognised regional languages Mekatelyu, Bribri Demonym Costa Rican; Tico Government Constitutional democracy - President Laura Chinchilla - Vice-President Alfio Piva Independence Declared - from Spain September 15, 1821 - from Mexico July 1, 1823 - from United Provinces of Central America March 21, 1847 - Recognized by Spain May 10, 1850 Area - Total 51,100 km 19,653 sq mi - Water (%) 0.7 Population - June 2011 estimate 4,608,426 GDP 2010 estimate - Total $51.166 billion - Per capita $11,215 GDP (nominal) 2010 estimate - Total $35.780 billion - Per capita $7,843 Gini (2007) 48.0 (high) HDI (2010) ▼ 0.725 (high) Currency Costa Rican colón Time zone UTC−06:00 Drives on the right Internet TLD . cr Calling code +506 Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south and the Caribbean Sea to the east Costa Rica, which means "Rich Coast", constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949. It is the only Latin American country included in the list of the world's 22 older democracies. Costa Rica has consistently been among the top Latin American countries in the Human Development Index, ranked 62nd in the world in 2010, and is cited by the UNDP as one of the countries that have attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels. The country is ranked third in the world, and first among the Americas, in terms of the 2010 Environmental Performance Index. In 2007, the Costa Rican government announced plans for Costa Rica to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021. According to the New Economics Foundation, Costa Rica ranks first in the Happy Planet Index and is the "greenest" country in the world.

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