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Interesting Facts About Costa Rica

Costa Rica (officially known as the Republic of Costa Rica) is a country in Central America. Here are some interesting and fun facts about Costa Rica!

Interesting Facts About Costa Rica

  • Many people in Costa Rica give coffee to babies (in their bottles) and young children.
  • Costa Rica aims to be the first ‘carbon neutral’ country by 2021.
  • Cigarettes are very cheap in Costa Rica (under US$1.50 per pack)
  • According to the Costa Rican Constitution, Roman Catholicism is the official state religion. However, freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Constitution.
  • Costa Ricans call speed bumps son muertos (Spanish for ‘dead persons’).
  • Costa Rica is a Spanish word meaning ‘rich coast’.
  • The literacy rate in Costa Rica is an impressive 97%.
  • Many fast food restaurants (such as McDonald’s and Burger King) do home deliveries in Costa Rica.
  • Costa Rica declared independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. Spain did not recognize their independence until May 10, 1850.
  • The Constitution provides that Costa Rica have no military force.
  • If you have to go to the immigration office in Costa Rica you shouldn’t wear shorts. It is considered disrespectful to wear shorts and they will probably turn you away.
  • National Parks and Environmental Protection Areas make up 25% (one quarter) of the total land in Costa Rica.
  • Spanish is the main language spoken in Costa Rica

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Thanks to ‘The Real Costa Rica‘ for some of the facts!

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