INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT COSTA RICA
GOVERNMENT: Democratic Republic with popular elections every 4 years and no Armed Forces since 1948.
LOCATION: Located in Central America, South of Nicaragua & North of Panama
CAPITAL: The city of San José in the Central Valley
POPULATION: Population of Costa Rica is 4,962,493 inhabitants AREA: 51,100 km2 (19,730 square miles)
WEATHER: Dry Season from December to April-May & Rainy Season from April-May to November-Dec.
LANGUAGE: Spanish, although an ever-increasing number of persons are learning English nowadays.
RELIGION: Roman Catholic but everyone is free to worship their chosen religion or faith.
CURRENCY: The Colón, named after Christopher Columbus, is the official currency and is currently valued at around 606 Colones per $1 US Dollar (November 2020).
LIFE EXPECTANCY: As of 2018 the average life expectancy in Costa Rica is 80 years, ranking it 30th in the World.
OTHER INTERESTING COSTA RICA FACTS:
San José, Costa Rica was the third city in the World to have Public Electricity, after Paris, France and New York, USA.
Costa Rica was the first country in the world to operate entirely using renewable energy sources.
Costa Rica hosts more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity even though its landmass only takes up .03% of the planet's
Costa Rica has set the goal of changing at least 30% of the current vehicle pool to 100% Electric and to this end has exonerated electric vehicles (Cars, Buses, Motorcycles, etc.) from 100% taxes if their value is under US $30,000 CIF. More expensive vehicles will have partial exoneration on the amount over the exempt US$30,000. There are also several other excellent day to day benefits for the drivers of electric vehicles including Free Parking, Free Semi-Fast Charging, and Free or highly discounted Annual Road Tax for the next 3 years as well as no restricted day for road circulation in the city.