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Costa Rica officially the Republic of Costa Rica is a country in Central America.
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Folk Dances in Costa Rica

Folk Dances in Costa Rica | Costa Rica, Taylor Wike | Scoop.it

The three most popular dances are the Cabillito Nicoyano(little horse from Nicoya), El Torito(The little bull), and the Punto Guanacasteco(Guancaste dance step). In the Cabillito Nicoyano the dance is between a male cattle rancher and a colt(the woman). El Torito is between a man acting as the bull and a woman acting as the bullfighter. The Punto Guanacasteco is a simple 3 step dance where sometimes the dancers stop in mid dance and the DJ yells out a witty comment.

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Costa Rica Police

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In Costa Rica there are different types of Police. The ones that wear uniforms are La Fuerza Publica. Their job is crime prevention. OIJ, also known as plain clothes police are in charge of investigations. Usually, only OIJ police can accept reports of crime,

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Important People

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Juan Santamaria is one of the most famous people in Costa Rica. In 1856 in the battle of the Filibusters he burned down the place the enemies were staying but he lost his life in the act of protecting his nation. Oscar Arias Sanchez won a Nobel Prize for his efforts to find peace in Latin America. He bacame President in 1986. Claudia and Silvia Poll have both won several Olympic medals in the swimming categories. Both of these women serve as role models in Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica timeline

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In 1502 Costa Rica was discovered by Christopher Columbus. Permanent Settlement was delayed for nearly 60 years because of disease and resistance by the local population. From 1540 to 1838 Costa Rica was apart of New Spain. In 1838 Costa Rica gained full independence. In 2004 corruption occured among three former Presidents. In 2009 they re-establish ties with Cuba. In 2010 the first woman President was elected.

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5 Day Weather Forecast for San Jose, Costa Rica

5 Day Weather Forecast for San Jose, Costa Rica | Costa Rica, Taylor Wike | Scoop.it

The weather in San Jose right now is warm compared to where we are. It ranges from 72-82 degrees during the day. The low ranges from 57-60 degrees. This week in Costa Rica it is supposed to be rainy and storming. I think that the weather there now is like the weather here in the Spring.

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Crops in Costa Rica

About 9.9% of the total land area is used for crop production. Nearly half of all farms average less than 25 acres in size. Over 327,000 persons, or about 20% of the economically active population, are engaged in farming. Corn and sugar crops are usually sufficient to meet domestic needs, but beans and rice must be imported from time to time. Agriculture accounted for about 9% of the GDP in 2001. The principal cash crops are coffee, bananas, cocoa, and sugar. Coffee and bananas together accounted for 31% of exports in 2001, with values of $163.4 million and $501.1 million, respectively.

 

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Religions of Costa Rica

Roman Catholicism is the official religion of the state, but the constitution guarantees religious freedom. About 70% of the population is Roman Catholic. About 19% belong to  other Christian churches. Of these churches, primary denominations include Methodist, Baptist,  Episcopalian, Mormon, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Seventh-Day Adventists. There are also small communities of  Quakers, Mennonites, and Beechy Amish. Other religions include Judaism,  Islam, Hare Krishna, and the Baha'i faith.     

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Literacy Rate of Costa Rica

The literacy rate in Costa Rica is 94.9%. This is the percentage of people 15 and over that can read and write. 94.7% of males can read or write. 95.1% of females are able to read and write in Costa Rica. This means that a lot of people in Costa Rica over the age of 15 are able to read and write.

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President of Costa Rica

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The president of Costa Rica is Laura Chinchilla. She was elected in 2010 as the president after being vice president from 2006-2008. Chinchilla is the first ever woman president in Costa Rica. Chinchilla gained her first public office in 1994, when she became vice minister of public security. Before becoming President Chinchilla earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Costa Rica and a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. 

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Population and Racial Demographics of Costa Rica

There are 4,636,348 people in Costa Rica. 24.6% of these people are from the age of 0-14. 69.1% are between the ages of 15-64 and 6.4% are 65 years old and above.The ethniciy of this country is not very diverse. 94% of the population are white. 3% are black, 1% are Amerindian, 1% are Chinese, and the other 1% are other.

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Map and Weather of Costa Rica

Map and Weather of Costa Rica | Costa Rica, Taylor Wike | Scoop.it

Costa Rica is a small country but there is a lot going on in terms of Costa Rica weather. The climate is diverse and varied, Costa Rica can be divided into different climate zones, each being very different. It is generally classified as a tropical country because it is close to the equator. Costa Rica has no real winter, and the sun shines the entire year. With over 12 hours of sunshine a day, the sun rises at about 5 am and sets at about 6 pm consistently through the year.

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Driving Restrictions in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica has gotten new driving restrictions recently. Vehicles with plates ending with a 1 or 2 are not allowed to drive on Monday. Those with a 3 or 4 can't drive on Tuesday. License plates ending with 5 and 6 aren't allowed to drive on Wednesday. Plates ending in 7 and 8 an't on Thursday, and 9 and 0 on Friday. The schedule runs from 6-8:30 a.m. and from 4:30-7 p.m.

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Main Sport in Costa Rica

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Soccer is by far the most played and favorite sport in Costa Rica. It is also known as futbol. Kids play at any chance they get. After school any vacant place becomes a soccer field. Many people also gather to watch their National team play at either National Stadium or at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa which are both in San Jose.

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Tourist Attraction in Costa Rica

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Arenal Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It is a great place for people looking for an exciting adventure. What surrounds the volcano is almost just as impressive. It includes hot springs, waterfalls, forests, lakes, and caves. The beautiful town of La Fortuna is also near this volcano.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHNFYhZ2IM4

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Costa Rica Holidays

Holy Week, also known as Easter Week the biggest holiday in Costa Rica.  Many families use this time to go to the beach. It is also the last week before the school-year starts. On official holidays like this government offices are closed and banks are closed. Public transportation is also reduced. Stores may also be closed on this holiday.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlmd0EXErUU  (on good Friday)

   

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Industry in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most industrialized countries in Central America, even though industries are predominantly small-scale and primarily involve assembling or finishing imported semifinished components. Of the few larger-scale manufacturing enterprises, the majority are in chemical fertilizers and textiles. Coffee and cocoa processing are 2 other industries. Chemicals, plastics, electronics, and computer chips are other industries in Costa Rica. In 2000, industry represented 37% of GDP in Costa Rica.

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Costa Rican Food

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Casado,or Comida Tipica, is the most common dish in Costa Rica. It consists of beans, rice with finely diced red bell peppers and onions, fried plantains, a cabbage salad with tomato and carrot, and a choice of meat between chicken, fish, pork, or steak with grilled onions. The meat that comes with a casado is grilled or sautéed, but never fried. Sometimes the casado includes french fries or extra vegetables such as avocados.This is a Latin American dish but is different because it is much healthier.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CataAqj3z4&feature=related

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Costa Ricas Government System

Costa Rica is a democratic republic. This was stated by the 1949 Constitution. It guarantees all citizens and foreigners equality before the law, the right to own property, the right of petition and assembly, freedom of speech, and the right to habeas corpus, among others. The government is divided into independent executive, legislative, and judicial powers. This "separation of powers" is sipulated under Article 9 of the Constitution.

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Currency and Exchange Rate of Costa Rica

Currency and Exchange Rate of Costa Rica | Costa Rica, Taylor Wike | Scoop.it

Costa Rica's currency is the colón. It is measured by ¢520 per US dollar.Thinking about this, ¢5,000 is a ten is US Dollars. ¢10,000 would be equal to a twenty-dollar bill in US Dollars. This means that you need a lot more than one colón to be equal to a US dollar.

 


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Area of Costa Rica

Costa Ricas land is 51,000 square km. This is 19,736 square miles which is about the size of the states of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. It is a rugged, Central range that seperates the Eastern and Western Coastal Plains. The capital is San Jose and it has 2.1 million people in that area. The climate in this area is mild in the central highlands, tropical and subtropical in coastal areas.

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Costa Rica Flag

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The flag was designed based on the French Revolution and the colors of the French National Flag. The colors of the Costa Rica Flag were borrowed from the French Tricolore. Blue represents clear skies, the growth and development opportunities inCosta Rica, free and independent thinking, spirituality and perseverance. White symbolizes joy and happiness, the power of wisdom, the initiative of the people, and peace. Red represents the warmth and hospitality of the people, the blood of their sacrifices, and the vibrancy of the land. Costa Rica's coat of arms was first designed in1848, but a number of changes happened later. The coat of arms features the three volcanoes of Costa Rica, sailing ships, and the rising sun. Seven stars arch across the sky, representing each of the seven provinces of Costa Rica.

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General Country Profile | Amigos of Costa Rica

General Country Profile | Amigos of Costa Rica | Costa Rica, Taylor Wike | Scoop.it

Costa Ricas official name is the Republic of Costa Rica. The capital is San Jose. Costa Rica is 19,652 square miles(slightly smaller than West Virginia). Costa Rica is located in Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. It is between Nicaragua and Panama.

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