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Costa Rica

26 May, 2009

The Rich Cost of Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Officially known as the Republic of Costa Rica, this Central American Country is bordered by Nicaragua, Panama, the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Costa Rica, which means ‘Rich Coast” is the first country in the entire world to abolish its Army by governmental law. Travel guides often point out it is the number five country in the world according to the Environmental performance index and that the government of it plans to make the country the first in the world to be carbon neutral. Christopher Columbus reached the area in 1502 and the country remained under the Spanish Crown until its independence from the country in 1821.

It has a varied economic community which includes several international companies like Intel, GlaxoSmithKilen, Procter and Gamble and many others. The official monetary unit is the colon. It is unique, culturally speaking. The culture is actual a blend of the South American native Culture and the Mesoamerican Culture. There is also influence from the Nahuatl Culture and Spanish as well as Chibcha. All of these influences have combined to create an interesting mix. This is evident in the varied musical stylings of the country.

Costa Rica Swing, Soca, Cubia, Bachata, salsa, merenguie, American rock, reggae and pop are all popular among the citizens of the country. Costa Rica posts a literacy rate of 95%, which is one of the highest rates among all of the Latin American countries, although there are very few schools in the country that go beyond the 12 grade. Travel guides often speak of the vast and varied plant and animal life found in the country. Many people, who travel to Costa Rica to enjoy the varied wildlife, history, culture and music of the country. It is one of the most popular destinations in Latin America

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

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