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Costa Rica's Information

Flag of Costa Rica
Land Area 51,060 km2
Water Area 40 km2
Total Area 51,100km2 (#126)
Population 4,872,543 (#123)
Population Density 95.43/km2
Government Type Presidential Republic
GDP (PPP) $79.26 Billion
GDP Per Capita $16,100
Currency Colon (CRC)
More Information Costa Rica
Largest Cities
People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

A - B

  • Claudia Maria Poll Ahrens olympic medalist
    (born in Nicaragua)
  • Sylvia Poll Ahrens olympic medalist
    (born in Nicaragua)
  • Francisco Amighetti artist
  • Jorge Arroyo playwright
  • Dinorah Bolandi artist
  • Édgar Brenes architect, educator
C - F
  • Víctor Cañas architect, former diplomat
  • Nery Antonio Brenes Cárdenas athlete (sprinter)
  • Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz engineer, physicist, NASA astronaut
  • Aquileo J. Echeverría politician, author, journalist
  • Giannina Facio actress
  • Lorena Clare Facio former first lady, athlete
  • José María Hipólito Figueres Ferrer "father of peaceful modern democracy", former president
  • Walter Flores musician, director
  • Cristina Fournier artist
  • Rafael Ángel "Felo" García artist, architect
  • José Federico Tinoco Granados former president, army general
  • Maribel Guardia actress
  • Ricardo Fernández Guardia historian
  • Joaquín Gutiérrez author
  • General Tomás Miguel Guardia Gutiérrez enacted Costa Rica's 1871 Constitution, former president
L - O
  • Ronald Lanzoni athlete, runner
  • José María Castro Madriz lawyer, academic, diplomat, former president
  • Marfil music group
  • Federico Miranda musician
  • Laura Chinchilla Miranda first woman president
  • Joaquín García Monge author
  • Ibo Bonilla Oconitrillo architect, sculptor
  • Ricardo Jiménez Oreamuno former president, creator National Insurance Bank, School of Agriculture, Ministry of Health
P - Z
  • Juan Bernal Ponce architect
  • Juan Rafael Mora Porras former president
  • Teodorico Quiros artist
  • Óscar Arias Sánchez nobel laureate
  • Juan Santamaría national hero of Costa Rica
  • Harry Shum, Jr. actor
  • Clodomiro Picado Twight researcher, developer anti-venom serums (born in Nicaragua)
  • Chavela Vargas singer
  • Isidro Con Wong artist
  • Francisco Zúñiga artist, sculptor

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This page was last updated on July 10, 2020.

Costa Rica Trivia

What Languages are Spoken in Costa Rica?

panish is the official language of Costa Rica. A number of indigenous languages such as Cabécar, Bribri, and Maléku are also spoken.

What Languages Are Spoken In Costa Rica?

What is the Biggest City in Costa Rica?

San José is the largest city in Costa Rica, with a population of 333,980.

Biggest Cities In Costa Rica

What Kind of Government Does Costa Rica Have?

Costa Rica is a presidential, representative democratic republic, whereby the president serves as the country's head of state and head of government.

What Type of Government Does Costa Rica Have?

What Are The Major Natural Resources Of Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is endowed with natural resources including arable land, minerals, wildlife, rivers, forests, and the country's beautiful scenery.

What Are The Major Natural Resources Of Costa Rica?

Can You Name Some Native Reptiles Of Costa Rica?

Costa Rica houses a diverse variety of flora and fauna, which includes numerous reptiles, among which are several threatened species. It is estimated that 225 species of reptiles dwell in Costa Rica, with 70 of those species being lizards. Most of these lizards are small, forest-dwelling anoles. There are also giant lizards in Costa Rica, and they include the striped basilisk, the green iguana, and the black iguana. 20 venomous snake species are found in the country. It is also home to a variety of turtles, with 5 of the world’s seven sea turtle species nesting on its beaches.

Native Reptiles Of Costa Rica

What is the Capital of Costa Rica?

San José is the capital city of Costa Rica.

What Is the Capital of Costa Rica?

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