Imports$15.53 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$10.38 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)4.9% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate6.5% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$12,100 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate4% (2010 est.)
Internet users1.485 million (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular3.035 million (2009)
Population growth rate1.288% (2012 est.)
Population4,636,348 (July 2012 est.)
Although explored by the Spanish early in the 16th century, initial attempts at colonizing Costa Rica proved unsuccessful due to a combination of factors, including: disease from mosquito-infested swamps, brutal heat, resistance by natives, and pirate raids.
It was not until 1563 that a permanent settlement of Cartago was established in the cooler, fertile central highlands.
The area remained a colony for some two and a half centuries....
Prior to the global economic crisis, Costa Rica enjoyed stable economic growth.
The economy contracted 0.
7% in 2009, but resumed growth at more than 3% in 2010....
The Economist Intelligence Unit
Luis Guillermo Solís of the Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) began a four-year term in May 2014. A fractious legislature will complicate policymaking, particularly as the PAC has a weak legislative ...
This report contains detailed forecasts and analysis for Costa Rica, including trade and investment analysis, economic forecasts, political risk assessments and demographic trend analysis. Each ISA Country ...
Higher disposable income and improved terms of trade have prompted us to increase our forecast for GDP growth in 2016 to 4.4% from 4% previously. We have also improved our outlook for the fiscal deficit ...