Key Messages

Key Messages

What makes us essential?

  • Despite occupying only 0.03% of the Earth's surface, Costa Rica is home to 6.5% of the world's biodiversity. ?SINAC

  • 99% of the energy in Costa Rica is produced from renewable sources. ?ICE

  • 25% of the continetal territory and 30% of the marine territory is protected. ?SINAC

  • In 1948, Costa Rica became the first country in the world to abolish the army and invest those resources in health and education. ?UNESCO

  • In the 1980s, Costa Rica chose sustainability as a path for development and decided to increase the protection of forests, which resulted in an increased GDP.

  • Nicoya, Costa Rica, is home to one of the five Blue Zones of the world. Its residents are amongst the healthiest and more long-lived populations, thanks to their good physical and mental health, a healthy traditional diet, respect for the family, deep faith, constant mobility, and a purpose in life.

  • Primary education in Costa Rica was made free of charge and mandatory for all citizens in 1869.