Costa Rica Fact File
Costa Rica Information
Population: 15,654,411 (July 2014 est.)
Area: 19,730 square miles (51,100 square kilometers). Slightly smaller than West Virginia.
Capital City: San Jose
Time Zone: UTC-6 (1 hour behind Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Location: Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama.
Climate: Tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands.
Currency: Costa Rican Colón. Costa Rican colones (CRC) per US dollar – 539.3 (2014 est.)
Language: Spanish (official), English
System of Government: Democratic republic
Head of State: President Luis Guillermo SOLIS Rivera (since 8 May 2014)
Telephone Country Code: 506
Electricity: 120 volts
Religion: Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, Jehovah’s Witnesses 1.3%, other Protestant 0.7%, other 4.8%, none 3.2%
Life Expectancy at Birth: 78.23 years
Exports: $11.75 billion (2014 est.)
Imports: $17.91 billion (2014 est.)
Gross Domestic Product (Purchasing Power Parity): $71.21 billion (2014 est.)
GDP per Capita: $14,900 (2014 est.)
Inflation Rate: 4.7% (2014 est.)
Source: CIA The World Factbook
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