Costa Rica titbits

Aug 3, 2018 Travels

Costa Rica titbits

Costa Rica – find out what Costa Rica is famous for, why the authorities decided to give up their own army and what is the Juan Santamaria Day.
Costa Rica has been an independent state since September 15, 1821. On that day the country became independent from Spanish influence.
Comparing the occupied territory, Costa Rica is 6.1 times smaller than the American one.
The 3rd highest peak in the country and Central America is called Cerro Chirripó. It rises to an altitude of 3820 meters above sea level is located in the mountain range Cordillera de Talamanca in the area of the National Park Chirripó established in 1975. There live endangered animals like tapirs, jaguars, salamanders.
The Costa Rican rectangular flag consists of five horizontal stripes of red (middle, double width), white and blue (upper and lower edges). The red stripe bears the coat of arms of the country over which the inscription America Central (Central America) appears. The red color symbolizes the spilled blood of people taking part in the fight for the defence of the country, as well as the warmth and generosity of the country’s inhabitants. White refers to peace, wisdom and happiness, while blue refers to perseverance, possibility and idealism. The current design was introduced in 1964.
The leading religion is Catholicism professed by 71.5% of the population.
(6) Juan is Costa Rica’s longest river. It flows for 200 kilometres.
(7) According to data for 2018, there are just over 4.9 million people living in Costa Rica. Over the years, the population has grown significantly, with 1.1 million people living in Costa Rica in 1955. Forecasts indicate that in 2050 the population will grow by 800,000 people.