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Summing it up....

Summing it up.... | Costa Rica, MacKenzie Townsend | Scoop.it

Well I have learned a lot about Costa Rica, everything from just the name and the capatal and its exports to the meals that they eat. I didnt know that they ate ACP in Costa Rica, I thought it was only in Mexico. I also now know that over 90% of Costa Ricans are Catholics. The fact that they just elected their first female preident was very interisting to me. It also makes me glad that Costa Rica is the same kind of Government at the United States.

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Industry and Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is one of the most industralized countries in central america. One important  manufactures is chemical fertilizers. Another is the textiles industry. Coffee is one of the largest industries also. Intel corporation opened a chip-manufacturing plant in 1998, so softwear is also a growing industry in Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica Traditional Food

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The most common dish for breakfast is gallo pinto. This dish is made rice mixed with black beans, served with natilla (sour cream), eggs (scrambled) and fried plantain. Then for lunch casados (beans, rice) are served with some sort of meat or fish and a salad, fried plantains, white cheese and corn tortilla.  Another typical main dish in Costa Rica is arroz con pollo (rice with chicken) which can be served with different vegetables from the area like camote, chayote and yuca.

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Costa Rica Government

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Costa Rica's government is a Democratic republic. Costa Rica gained its independence on  September 15, 1821. Costa Rica drafted and passed its constitution on November 7, 1949. Costa Rica has 3 braches of gov't. The braches are as followes......Executive, Legislative, and Judicial

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Currency of Costa Rica

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The currency of Costa Rica is the Costa Rican Colon. The exchange rate for 1 US dollar is 500 CRC (Costa Rican Colon). The Costa Rican Colon is divided into 100 centimos. The CRC is only used only in Costa Rica. The exchange rate was last updated on November 30, 2012.

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Costa Rica area

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Costa Rica has a land area of  19,560 sq mi (50,660 sq km). How ever, Costa Rica has total area of 19,730 sq mi (51,100 sq km). The difference in these two numbers are the amount of area of off shore and islands under Costa Rican soverignty. Cocos Island is a 10 Sq mi island off the Pacific cost of Costa Rica. All though it is almost 300 mi off the cost it is still under Costa Rican soverignty.

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Costa Rica Flag

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The color blue in the flag represents the sky, opportunities at reach, intellectual thinking, perseverance, infinite, eternity, and ideals of the religious and spiritual desires. The color blue represents clear thinking, happiness, and wisdom. Red represents the warmth of the Costa Rican people, their love of life, their blood shed for freedom, and their generosity. Then in the middle of the flag has the country's crest.

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Country Name and Capital

San José ("Saint Joseph", Spanish: San José, pronounced: [saŋ xoˈse]) is the capital of Costa Rica, head of the province of San José, and the nation's largest city. Located in the Central Valley, San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of this Central American nation. The population of San José Canton is 288,054[2], though the metropolitan area stretches beyond the canton limits and comprises a third of the country's population.

Culturally, the city can be considered almost entirely European influenced, in part because of Spanish immigration soon after Costa Rica's discovery by Christopher Columbus, and the privileged classes which generally studied in Europe during the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. This can be seen in the architecture of the city, namely theatres, museums and houses in the city centre. It is named in honor of Joseph of Nazareth.

Even though the city's centre is almost uninhabited, it is the most important working area of the country, which brings in more than a million people daily. Despite its problems, according to studies in Latin America, San José is still one of the safest and least violent cities in the region.[3] In 2006 the city was appointed Ibero-American Capital of Culture.

The capital of the country of Costa Rica is San Jose. San Jose means Saint Joseph in spanish. This city is considered to be entirely European enfluenced. Country was discovered by Christopher Columbus. San Jose is the most important working area of the country, which brings in more than a million people daily.

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Costa Rica timeline

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This timeline takes you through the start of Costa Rica to whats happening now. The start was Chistopher Colombus sailing across the ocean and finding Costa Rica. And up to the six week civil war over presidental results in 1948. All the way up to 2011 when UN International Court of Justice orders Nicaragua and Costa Rica to keep troops back from a disputed river border.

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Agriculture in Costa Rica

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Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, etc…...
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Religion in Costa Rica

Religion in Costa Rica | Costa Rica, MacKenzie Townsend | Scoop.it

People in Costa Rica don't have to worry about being punished for their religion. Because in their constitution, just like ours, they have freedom of religion. Over 90% of Costa Ricans are catholic.Holy Week (the week before Easter) is a national holiday. This time is supposed to be a time of prayers and good behavior, but people in almost every place of Costa Rica take it as an excuse for vacations and secular binge.

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Literacy rate in Costa Rica

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The literacy rate in Cost Rica is 95%. In compairison with the rest of the world, Costa Rica rates 68 out of 194 countries. This is rated out of all the countries in the world. The main language spoken is Spanish. Total population is 4.52 million.

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President of Costa Rica

Laura Chinchilla Miranda (born 28 March 1959; Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlawɾa tʃinˈtʃiʎa miˈɾanda]) is a Costa Rican politician and the first female President of Costa Rica. She was one of Óscar Arias Sánchez's two Vice-Presidents and his administration's Minister of Justice.[1] She was the governing PLN candidate for President in the 2010 general election, where she won with 46.76% of the vote.[2] She is the sixth woman to be elected president of a Latin American country and the first woman to become president of Costa Rica.[3] She was sworn in as president of Costa Rica on May 8, 2010.[4]

Chinchilla was born in Carmen Central, San José in 1959. Her father was Rafael Ángel Chinchilla Fallas (a former comptroller of Costa Rica)[3] and her mother was Emilce Miranda Castillo. She married Mario Alberto Madrigal Díaz on 23 January 1982 and divorced on 22 May 1985. She had a son in 1996 with José María Rico Cueto, a Spanish lawyer who also holds Canadian citizenship; Chinchilla married him on 26 March 2000.[5]

Chinchilla graduated from the University of Costa Rica and received her master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University.[6][7] Prior to entering politics, Chinchilla worked as an NGO consultant in Latin America and Africa, specializing in judicial reform and public security issues. She went on to serve in the José María Figueres Olsen administration as vice-minister for public security (1994–1996) and minister of public security (1996–1998). From 2002 to 2006, she served in the National Assembly as a deputy for the province of San José.[8]

Laura Chinchilla is the current president of Costa Rica. She is the first female president of Costa Rica. Born in 1959 in San Jose. She married Mario Alberto Madrigal Díaz on 23 January 1982 and divorced on 22 May 1985. She had a son in 1996.

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Demographics of Costa Rica

This article is about the demographic features of the population of Costa Rica, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

Costa Rican Spanish, Limonese Creole, Bribri, Ngäbere

Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism and minorities of other religions.

White and Castizo - 2 831 382 = 65.80% Mestizo - 599 500 = 13.65% Mulatos - 289 209 = 6.72% Black/Afro-Caribbean - 44 518 = 1.03% Amerindian - 104 000 = 2.41% Chinese/Asian - 9 170 = 0.21% Immigrants - 385 899 = 9.03%  Other 1.15%

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Map of Costa Rica

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Costa Rica is located in Central America. Costa Rica is located between Nicaragua to the north. The country to Costa Rica's south is. This map showes the general idea of what Costa Rica is like in shape and size. Also the countries size in the region. 

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