Costa Rica

Costa Rica : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook


$15.53 billion (2011 est.)
$12.96 billion (2010 est.)


$10.38 billion (2011 est.)
$9.516 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

4.9% (2011 est.)
5.7% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

6.5% (2011 est.)
6.9% (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$12,100 (2011 est.)
$11,700 (2010 est.)
$11,300 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

4% (2010 est.)
-0.7% (2009 est.)
2.6% (2008 est.)

Internet users

1.485 million (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

3.035 million (2009)

Population growth rate

1.288% (2012 est.)


4,636,348 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

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.

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Costa Rica

Economic overview

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.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Forecast Costa Rica November 2014 Updater

Country Forecast Costa Rica November 2014 Updater

  • $ 635
  • Country report
  • November 2014
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

Luis Guillermo Solís of the Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) began a four-year term in May 2014, after a landslide win in the presidential election run-off. His government will continue to ...

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PRS Group

Country Forecasts (Subscription, two issues per year, April & October)

Country Forecasts (Subscription, two issues per year, April & October)

  • $ 882
  • Country report
  • October 2014
  • by PRS Group

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Oxford Economics

Country Economic Forecasts > Costa Rica

Country Economic Forecasts > Costa Rica

  • $ 185
  • Country report
  • September 2014
  • by Oxford Economics

Despite robust economic activity growth in H1 2014 of over 4% (according to the IMAE index), after 2013 GDP growth of 3.5%, the central bank indicated in late July that it expects expansion of 3.6% this ...

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