Quick Facts

  • Population: 4.6 million people.
  • Capital city: San Jose.
  • Gained independence from Spain in 1821.
  • Climate is Tropical/Sub-Tropical, with wide range of natural disasters ( Hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanos, flooding and landslides).
  • Population is 94% white/mestizo
  •  Spanish is the official language,
  • Major religion – Roman catholic
  • 64% 0f population lives in urban area
  •  95% literacy rate
  •  11% unemployment
  • Tier 2 watch list country for high amount of sex trafficking and forced domestic service.
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Democratic Republic.  Head of government and state is President Laura Chinchilla Miranda.

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality 4.4 per 1,000 births. Average births per woman is 1.92.
  • Infant mortality is 9.2 per 1,000 births.
  • Life expectancy is 77.8 yrs.
  • Health expenditures 10.9% of GDP.
  • Physician density is 1.32 per 1,000 people.
  • Hospital bed density is 1.2 beds per 1,000 people.
  • HIV rate is 0.3%, with 9,800 currently infected.
  • Disease risk: Intermediate.
  • Prevalent diseases: Bacterial diarrhea, Malaria, and Leptospirosis.
  • Has a very highly rated health care system…
  • Public health care system known as the Caja available to all citizens and residents.
  • Due to its hightly rated medical system  available at lower costs, becoming a leading country in medical tourism.
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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