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Territory in Central America, ruled since 1949 by the República de Costa Rica

Costa Rica (Spanish: literally, "Rich Coast"), officially the Republic of Costa Rica (Spanish: República de Costa Rica), is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, the Caribbean Sea to the northeast, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island. It has a population of around 4.9 million, in a land area of 51,060 square kilometers; over 300,000 live in the capital and largest city, San José, which had a population of an estimated 333,980 in 2015.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 10° N — Longitude: 84° W

Area: 51,100 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: CR

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Movimiento Libertario, San José

Measures of Freedom

Costa Rica | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2022
2016: Status: Free, Aggregate Score: 90, Political Rights: 1, Civil Liberties: 1
President Luis Guillermo Solís faced several challenges in 2015, which contributed to declining approval ratings amid legislative gridlock. Crime increased, with homicides reaching a new record high, and the economy continued to be hampered by a large national debt and increases in the cost of living. The country's fiscal deficit was expected to approach 7 percent of gross domestic product in 2016.
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2021
2019: 8.25, Rank: 37, Personal Freedom: 8.66, Economic Freedom: 7.68
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.56, Rank: 28


A Week in a (Sort of) Libertarian Country, Part 1, by Scott McPherson, Freedom Daily, Jun 2005
You quickly get the feeling that anything can happen in San Jose. People were going everywhere. The shops were all open, and vendors were doing brisk trade all along the streets (and sometimes literally in the streets: sellers would walk right out into traffic when cars were stopped at traffic lights).
A Week in a (Sort of) Libertarian Country, Part 2, by Scott McPherson, Freedom Daily, Jul 2005
The Republic of Costa Rica has no army. The country. ... with a population of around 4 million people (including 50,000 North American expatriates), is proudly neutral. Its constitution dates to 1949 ... By Latin American standards, Costa Rica is extremely stable and wealthy, with the average annual income around $9,000.

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Costa Rica" as of 19 Sep 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.