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Costa Rica - facts about the country

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Costa Rica


Country name:
conventional long form: Republic of Costa Rica
conventional short form: Costa Rica
local long form: Republica de Costa Rica
local short form: Costa Rica

Government type:
democratic republic

Capital:
San Jose

Population:
3,956,507 (July 2004 est.)

Area:
total: 51,100 sq km
land: 50,660 sq km
water: 440 sq km
note:includes Isla del Coco

Geography - note:
four volcanoes, two of them active, rise near the capital of San Jose in the centre of the country; one of the volcanoes, Irazu, erupted destructively in 1963-65

Location:
Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama

Land boundaries:
total: 639 km
border countries: Nicaragua 309 km, Panama 330 km

Terrain:
coastal plains separated by rugged mountains including over 100 volcanic cones, of which several are major volcanoes

Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Pacific Ocean 0 m
highest point: Cerro Chirripo 3,810 m

Currency:
Costa Rican colon (CRC)
All information comes from The World Factbook
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