Costa Rica is small country located in Central America. It shares borders with Nicaragua and Panama. To the east is the Caribbean Sea, and to the west is the Pacific Ocean. Some quick facts about Costa Rica include:
- The population of Costa Rica is around 4.5 million. Spanish is spoken by 99% of the people!
- Costa Rica means ‘rich coast’ in Spanish. When European explorers arrived in the 16th century, they gave it this name because they believed they would find Costa Rica rich in gold. They never found treasures of gold.
- Costa Rica is slightly smaller than the state of West Virginia. 25% of the country’s land is National Parks and Protected lands.
- Costa Ricans call speed bumps ‘son muertos’, which is Spanish for ‘dead persons.’
- Costa Rica has not had a military since 1949, but it does have a police force.
Text by Jenny M. Buccos.