Costa Rica: Country and Foreign Investment
Population, Language and Culture
Costa Rica became independent from Spain in 1821 and has been relatively stable. Following a short civil war in 1948 the country abolished its army and passed a new, quite liberal constitution, which remains in force.
The population stands at just under 4.7 million (July 2013 est.) and is overwhelmingly white or mestizo. As in all former Spanish colonies the official language is Spanish, the population is largely Roman Catholic and the culture is Hispanic. English is widely spoken within the business community.