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Morgan Cassie Morgan SIS-105-010 Professor Chong 7 December 2007 Costa Rica: A Country Profile Introduction The Mesoamerica region of the world has always been a region that was rich in culture. With its’ beautiful mountains and beaches, it is a region that can be enjoyed by all. Although it is indeed a very beautiful area, the current status of development is not as great as it could be. Indeed, the region is on it’s way to becoming a wonderfully developed region, but there are some nations within the region who are holding up the process of development. Others, like Costa Rica, have been developing remarkably well in recent years compared to some of its neighbors. Although some of the region may be slowly growing and developing, the region does seem to be doing well with the Millennium Development Goals sent out by the United Nations to hopefully motivate and aid nations in the development process within the constantly developing world. Here are some basic facts about Costa Rica. Located in Central America o Rests between Panama and Nicaragua o Slightly smaller than the state of West Virginia Climate o Tropical weather, some rainy seasons, cooler in the mountains Natural resources 2
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Morgan o Hydropower Environmental issues o Protection of fisheries o Deforestation o Soil erosion o Clearing of land for agricultural purposes o Air pollution o Solid waste management International Environmental Agreements o Kyoto Protocol o Ozone Layer Protection o Endangered Species o Hazardous Waste Population o 4,133,884 Population Growth Rate o 1.412% Birth Rate o 18.02 births per 1000 population Death Rate o 4.39 deaths per 1000 population Infant Mortality Rate o 9.45 deaths per 1000 live births Life Expectancy at Birth o 77.21 years old Literacy Rate o 96% (average of total population) Government type o Democratic republic Gained Independence o From Spain on 15 September 1821 GDP per capita o $12,5000 Labor Force o 1.874 million Unemployment Rate o 6.6% Population Below Poverty Line o 17% Exports o $8.238 billion Imports o $10.84 billion 3
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Morgan Military o No military force The country of Costa Rica is one that has much to be proud of. They are developing quickly and have nearly reached developed nation status. Rich in culture and tradition, Costa Rica is a paradise for man and animal alike. This paradise of jungles is home to unique species of flora and fauna. The diverse terrain features volcanoes, caves, beaches, and several rain forests. With all that Costa Rica has to offer, people flock to the country. The country is small, so people will try to get their hands on any land that they
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