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Costa Rica ~ Quick Statistics # 1

Little things you should know

Costa Rica has no military

  • Costa Rica abolished the military in 1949. It was said that the “army would be replaced with an army of teachers.”  The literacy rate is growing and currently at 96.1%


Costa Rica is a beacon in the environment

  • Costa Rica was cited by the UNDP in 2010 as one of the countries that have attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels, and in 2011 was highlighted by UNDP for being a good performer on environmental sustainability, and better record on human development and inequality than the median of their region. It was also the only country to meet all five criteria established to measure environmental sustainability. The country is ranked fifth in the world, and first among the Americas


Costa Rica will be first to become carbon neutral

  • In May 2007, the Costa Rican government announced its intentions to become 100% carbon neutral by 2021. As of 2012, Costa Rica produces more than 90% of its electricity through renewable sources. A new solar farm project just announced between Chinese investors and Costa Rica will bring that date even closer.