an information booklet
map: lighter = more tropical
The capital of Costa Rica is a large city called San Jose
The flag and what it means
The white color stands for peace, wisdom and happiness. The red color stands for the blood spilt by martyrs in defense of the country, as well as the warmth and generosity of the people. The stripes are in the ratio 1:1:2:1:1. The coat of arms of Costa Rica was also revised in 1848 and placed in the center of the flag.
the approximate location of Costa Rica is 10 N by 84 W.
The total population of Corsta Rica is 4.857 million (2016).
Costa Rica's square milage is 19,730 mi²
The government of Costa Rica operates as a presidential representative democracy, which means the country is led by politicians who are elected to represent the interests of the general population. These politicians may also belong to a number of political parties, which may work separately to achieve their political goals or may form coalitions blocs. The Constitution of Costa Rica, officially approved in 1949, establishes executive, legislative, and judicial branches to carry out the responsibilities of government.
Costa Rica has an average temperature of 70 F to 81 F. Due to its proximity to the equator, it has no real summer or winter. It does however have a rainy season from May to November.
Many adventure tours are offered at this lush nature preserve with hanging bridges & a scenic lake.
BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF ANGELS
Located in the city of Cartago is the Basilica that is dedicated to the Lady of the Angels. Local legend says this all came about when a small statue of Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus was found by a young girl in this city. The girl took the statue from the rock that she found it on and brought it home, but when she awoke the next morning the statue was gone. To her discover the statue was back on the rock where she had found it. The girl then took the statue to a local priest where he locked it up for the night. The next morning the statue was no longer locked up, but back on the rock.
Costa Rica’s agricultural land and climate are its most important natural resources. The country has few mineral resources. The most important are the yet-unexploited bauxite deposits in the General and Coto Brus valleys and copper in the Cordillera de Talamanca. There is manganese on and near the Nicoya Peninsula, gold on the Osa Peninsula and parts of the Pacific slopes, and magnetite on scattered beaches, particularly on the southern Caribbean coastline. Geologic conditions are promising for petroleum in the southern Caribbean coast, but exploration has proved disappointing. For many years a number of hydroelectric plants have supplied domestic needs and provided a surplus for export. In fact, by the early 21st century about four-fifths of the country’s electricity was produced from these plants, which do not emit greenhouse gases. The Angostura hydroelectric plant in central Costa Rica, which began operations in 2000, is the country’s largest.
Mainly Costa Rica is well known for coffee-drying plants, sugar mills, cheese factories, sawmills, woodworking factories, breweries, and distilleries. There is only one petroleum refinery that is owned by the Costa Rican government. The government along with ICE also own several hydroelectric plants with capacity to produce close to 8 billion kilowatt hours of electricity.
There are many fdiverse factories scatted all about Costa Rica as well. The majority of these fatories produce petroleum products, electorinic components, furniture, paper, textiles, clothes, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, plastic goods, shoes, and jewelry.
Almost all the industry in the country is found in San Jose, Costa Rica's capital city. If they are not based here they are in Alajuela, Heredia or Cartago. The majority of industry workers work for very small industries.
Depending upon location and altitude, many regions differ in agricultural crops and techniques. The main exports include: bananas, pineapples, coffee, sugar, rice, vegetables, tropical fruits, ornamental plants, corn, potatoes and palm oil. Almost 10% of Costa Rica's land use is devoted to agriculture.
Costa Rica the happyest place on earth (national geograghic)