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About Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the world's most exclusive tourist destinations due to its nature conservation, easy access and kind hearted citizens. The natural beauty and climate are palpable portrays, the peaceful and easy going nature of Costa Ricans are equally important in attracting tourists from all over the world.

Costa Rica is a small country and has a great biological and habitat diversity due to the convergence of two hemispheres, two oceans, and its varying geography. With only .03% of the Earth's land mass, Costa Rica has 5% of the world's biodiversity. As a percentage of land mass, it has more preserved nature than any other country.

The enormous biological diversity and natural beauty are unique in themselves. Combined with the fact that this is one of the most stable and peaceful democracy in Latin America, Costa Rica is an ideal destination.

Costa Rica is one of the world’s more prosperous developing countries. Having no army, allows the government to increase the education, healthcare and infrastructure budgets. Historically, Costa Rica has avoided arm conflicts that have engulfed neighboring nations, and has concentrated on improving life for its citizens. The development of a modern welfare state has resulted in Costa Rica's having high health indicators, a good standard of living, and high literacy rates.

Costa Rica is the happiest place in the world according to a recent study (July, 2009) made by an independent research group in Britain which goal is to build a new economy, "centered on people and the environment". The British group ranks nations using the "Happy Planet Index," which seeks countries with the most content people.

In addition to happiness, the New Economics Foundation Index considers the ecological footprint and life expectancy of countries. "Costa Ricans report the highest life satisfaction in the world and have the second-highest average life expectancy of the new world (second to Canada)," the organization said in a statement.

Costa Rica "also has an ecological footprint that means that the country only narrowly fails to achieve the goal of ... consuming its fair share of the Earth's natural resources".

This Central American country, tucked between Nicaragua and Panama, touts its lush rain forests and pristine beaches. Its president, Oscar Arias Sanchez, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for trying to help end civil wars in several Central American countries.