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Vandalism[edit]

I noticed a change in the elected president's name, from Laura Chinchilla to Raymundo Banano. How can we avoid these vandalic edits? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 201.202.189.178 (talk) 01:07, 12 April 2010 (UTC)

President's Name[edit]

Why isn't it written properly in the English version as Óscar Arias Sánchez or Óscar Arias? Why is the accent not there in English? 141.133.168.177 (talk) 01:20, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

I would like to remind that according to changes done by the Real Academia Española long ago, capital letters are not to have an accent. That includes not only Oscar, but last names that used to be accented, as Alvarez. (Marco) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.162.165.188 (talk) 18:04, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
You are mistaken. The RAE says, at http://www.rae.es/rae/gestores/gespub000018.nsf/(voAnexos)/arch8100821B76809110C12571B80038BA4A/$File/CuestionesparaelFAQdeconsultas.htm#ap22,

Las letras mayúsculas deben escribirse con tilde si les corresponde llevarla según las reglas de acentuación gráfica del español, tanto si se trata de palabras escritas en su totalidad con mayúsculas como si se trata únicamente de la mayúscula inicial (Capital letters must be written with an accent if they are called for under Spanish rules for written accentuation, whether in words written entirely in capital letters or in the case of a word with an initial capital):

Su hijo se llama Ángel.
ADMINISTRACIÓN
ATENCIÓN, POR FAVOR.

La Real Academia Española nunca ha establecido una norma en sentido contrario. (The Spanish Royal Academy has never established a standard to the contrary.)

La acentuación gráfica de las letras mayúsculas no es opcional, sino obligatoria, y afecta a cualquier tipo de texto. Las únicas mayúsculas que no se acentúan son las que forman parte de las siglas; así, CIA (sigla del inglés Central Intelligence Agency) no lleva tilde, aunque el hiato entre la vocal cerrada tónica y la vocal abierta átona exigiría, según las reglas de acentuación, tildar la i. (Placing accents on capital letters isn't optional, it's mandatory, regardless of the type of text. The only capital letters that aren't accented are the ones used in initialisms (acronyms); thus, CIA (initialism for the Central Intelligence Agency) doesn't take an accent, even though the hiatus between the closed, stressed vowel and the open unstressed vowel, under the rules for accentuation, would call for accenting the i.)

—Largo Plazo (talk) 18:27, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

Presidents name is Luis Guillermo Solís Samanthadawson16 (talk) 20:37, 6 May 2017 (UTC)Samantha

EDIT: Pura Vida discussion Original: Pura Vida as the country motto? really?[edit]

This has gone way too far, costa ricans barely use pura vida, it was created in the 1970s by a mexican movie producer and then used by the tourism industry to attract visitors, but is not the country motto and out of the tourism industry, we barely use it. It's getting offensive. 'Viva siempre el trabajo y la paz' is the country's motto. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 181.28.119.224 (talk) 18:48, 20 February 2012 (UTC)


I would like to establish, once and for all, that costa rica's motto is not pura vida. There is no official document that can verify that supposed fact, and I, as a costarricense, can ensure the real 'lema' of our nation is "Viva siempre el trabajo y la paz". Edit: I must add today (a certain time after I wrote this statement) that I cannot ensure costa rica even has a motto.JosepaXD (talk) 16:18, 5 January 2013 (UTC)


As a costarrican also I must confirm it is not the official motto, yet me and plenty of my acquaintances use it everyday in many ways in many circumstances. It is also very easy to hear it anywhere and everywhere you interact with other costarricans you don't know. (Maybe try going to a 'pulpería' or getting on a bus and you will hear it too.) I find offensive the other two commentators find the expression offensive. It definitely is part of costarrican contemporary culture regardless of its origin. The one mentioned by the first commentator ("...created in the 1970s by a mexican movie producer...") I had never heard of; but if true, what of it?


I personally don't find 'Pura Vida' offensive and Im not sure how you got that out of my comment. I was just assuring that Pura Vida is not the national motto... thats it. I did not comment on its modern day cultural relevance.: Mae, yo soy más tico que el gallo pinto y digo pura vida tanto como cualquier otro aquí, es parte de quien(es) soy (somos) y para clarificar no entiendo cómo o porqué estás ofendido de mi comentario. Aunque sí puedo ver, y con muchísima razón, cómo llegarías a ofenderte por el primer de los comentarios, ya que....pues, si, ese es ofensivo y demuestra alto grado de ignorancia de la cultura contemporánea de los ticos. JosepaXD (talk) 16:18, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

recent edit[edit]

Unless I am mistaken, the article on Costa Rica recently included the following text but no longer does:

"...Costa Rica is among the safest countries in Latin America and is currently the least impoverished Spanish speaking country in the world, with poverty percentages lower than that of Spain and other developed countries and levels of urbanization that nears those of countries such as Finland and Norway. In 2007 the government of Costa Rica said it wants to be the first developing country to become carbon neutral by 2021. "

Am I correct that it used to be there and if so, why was it removed? Was any/all of it not accurate? Not properly verified? Or what?

[Note: Although I use Wikipedia frequently, this is the first time I have gone to a 'discussion' page or done anything other than search, so I hope I will be forgiven for any improper protocal or anything else I may need to be excused for as a result of my inexperience in this regard.]

Esteve22 (talk) 00:08, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

Yes, there was something like that in the article. It was deleted on a few grounds. There wasn't reliable sourcing for "safest countries in Latin American", and the statistics used for "least improverished" were grossly misleading, because the standard for poverty in Costa Rica is different than used in other Spanish speaking countries.Kww (talk) 00:13, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

Wow, thanks for the immediate reply. What about the statement about Finland and Norway? [Also: Am I doing this right with regard to 'discussion' and asking these questions?] Esteve22 (talk) 00:23, 7 May 2008 (UTC)

Also: Is there some way I can find where or from whom that those statements came from? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Esteve22 (talkcontribs) 00:33, 7 May 2008 (UTC)


Urban Legend? Let´s talk Weather. I have not found the source for the Claim that "Atenas, Costa Rica has one of the Best Climates in the World" according to NASA or National Geographic. I did find plenty of ongoing weather research by NASA . <href=> http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2005/jun/HQ_05_159_Costa_Rica_Hurricanes.html></ref> Malerror (talk) 03:57, 15 September 2009 (UTC) malerror (talk) http://www.buycostarica.tk

San Juan River issue[edit]

Costa Rica also has had a lifelong battle with Nicaragua, it's neighboring country over the San Juan River (rio San Juan) which denotes the border between these two countries;although it geographically is within the borders of Nicaragua Costa Ricans like to claim it as their own.

I assume this is vandalism, it is just too evident: Costa Rica have never claimed ownership over the San Juan River. There is a dispute over the right of navigation of the Costa Rican patrols, that's all. The phrase "Costa Ricans like to claim it as their own" cannot be just a mistake, that is vandalism. 201.201.137.58 (talk) 08:41, 16 May 2008 (UTC) [[ Jordan is amazing at life & loves Jamesy!]] —Preceding unsigned comment added by 72.23.80.244 (talk) 01:29, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Can anyone correct the pronunciation of República de Costa Rica?[edit]

According to the current IPA symbols used for the Spanish language is typed, Spanish pronunciation: [re̞ˈpuβ̞lika ð̞e̞ ˈko̞st̪a ˈrika]. Notice the vowels "e" and "o" are mid-vowels /e̞/ and /o̞/. 84.120.160.88 (talk) 18:37, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

Costa Rica Gini ranking[edit]

Regarding the correction of the Gini ranking for Costa Rica, actually the editor read incorrectly the list provided in the source. See that the left column corresponds to the HDI ranking, which is 48 for CRI, NOT the Gini ranking. Also notice that not all of the 177 countries have a Gini value. That's why the sample in the table was originally 126, and the Costa Rica's 100th place is among these 126. You can confirm this by following the wiki link in the table List of countries by income equality. This is to explain why I did reverse this apparent update. Also note that most Latin American countries have indeed high Gini indexes (too much inequality), worst than many poorer countries. --Mariordo (talk) 02:39, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cs.html#top

Costa Rica's GINI _is_ 48 acording to the source, at a ranking of 28 out of 136 countries. That means _inequality_ is _high_ GINI measures _only_ inequality, it doesn't measure whether people are poor or rich, just that they are "equal". i.e. Ethiopia has a _low_ GINI coefficient, there is high equality but most people are poor. One measure that attacks that issue is the welfare function developed by Amartya Sen in 1973.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Sen_social_welfare_function

It basically takes into account the GDP per cápita at PPP and the GINI coeficient. I think Mariordo did confuse the _ranking_ of countries by their GINI coeficient with the _inverse_ ranking by their GINI coeficient and their actual GINI coeficient.

Costa Rica's real GDP's growth is 83'rd in the world and it has the 98th GDP per cápita at PPP. These out of 228.--Crio de la Paz (talk) 00:57, 24 April 2011 (UTC)

Religion[edit]

Small Text I have spent time a lot of time in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica and found that faith and religion make up an important part of the people and culture. I thought it must be worth mentioning that many chose to live a Rastafari lifestyle and praise Jah as their prophet. Rastafari can be found throughout the world now but with its roots in nearby Jamaica, it has spread and been embraced by many costa ricans. I do not have any statistics to support my opinion. ````angela. august 19th 2008. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.68.157.4 (talk) 07:40, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

The rastafari lifestyle is commonly seen in the Caribbean (Limón Province), as a lot of the population has Jamaican heritage. Also, Guanacaste is in many aspects different from the San José/Alajuela/Heredia/Cartago Metropolitan Area, where you find most of the population. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 85.197.159.208 (talk) 12:35, 11 September 2008 (UTC)

Tourism section[edit]

Someone should add one.If it turns into an advertisement, then someone can delete it.Should i be the one to? cause i can, but if i do it might be advertistitic and have to be deleted.Ryuzaki0008 (talk) 18:13, 12 September 2008 (UTC)

I am not sure I understood your point, but the article already has a sub-section on Tourism, within the Economy section, and theres is also a complete article only on Tourism in Costa Rica. Now, if someone adds spam (advertisement) anywhere in the page, sure you or anyone can reverse it, just when doing the undo write in the log: rv spam.--Mariordo (talk) 19:37, 19 September 2008 (UTC)

Government Section[edit]

At the beginning of the section it states: "Although there are claims that the country has had more than 115 years of uninterrupted democracy,[15]". This is taken from another source that is already mistaken. Costa Rica (or Arias's government) never claimed to have 115 years of UNINTERRUPTED democracy. What was celebrated in 1989 was the 100th anniversary of a popular manifestation that prevented Bernardo Soto Alfaro (then president) of rigging the elections. The moment that Soto Alfaro recognized the validity of the elections is considered as the moment in which democracy was born, therefore, Arias decided to commemorate that event as the birth of Costa Rican democracy, but nobody ever claimed that this democratic process has been without interruption. All Costa Ricans are very aware of the Tinoco episode (1917-1919), and nobody would argue otherwise. Please eliminate that quote, since it is nonsensical and incorrect. (Marco) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.162.165.188 (talk) 18:16, 11 March 2009 (UTC)

Environmental Performance[edit]

Costa Rica ranks 54th in the world, no longer 5th. http://epi.yale.edu/epi/country-rankings Web connect (talk) 22:53, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Environmental tourism by preventing the tragedy of the commons.[edit]

The country of Costa Rica has successfully advanced the growth of its eco-tourism business by taking account of, and pricing for, the environmental business services consumed by pollution.[1] —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.101.142.35 (talk) 17:02, 12 April 2009 (UTC)

Link to Calling Code[edit]

New to wikipedia, hope I am following the right process. Could someone with edit privileges link the 506 to +506 at the bottom of the Country info box. I have noticed this with other countries as well. Is this something that could be done automatically or does it need to be done to each country? Creategui (talk) 23:56, 13 April 2009 (UTC)

Done.--Mariordo (talk) 22:31, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

Japan or Costa Rica first country constitutionally without army[edit]

I don't read Spanish, but believe your source is incorrect. Here's a link to the constitution of Japan, promulgated in 1946 and enacted in 1947, which abolishes any war-time force. http://history.hanover.edu/texts/1947con.html I can't find a source that compares the two directly, and am not that familiar with wikipedia mores to try an edit again. Can I entrust you with this one? I'll check back in in a couple weeks. Cheers. -Matthew —Preceding unsigned comment added by 124.144.183.24 (talk) 07:23, 9 June 2009 (UTC)

  • Thanks for droping by and clarifying. Indeed I will check the facts and make the correction if supported. My understanding is that Japan has a peace-time army for defensive purposes only, CR none, but sure I will check on that one, only give me some time since I am right now in the middle of something else.--Mariordo (talk) 11:35, 9 June 2009 (UTC)
    • Wiki has this issue well documented, see Japan Self-Defense Forces, List of countries without armed forces, and particularly read Defence policy of Japan for the interpretation of the Japanese constitution you brought as reference. I hope these articles clarify the issue.--Mariordo (talk) 16:51, 9 June 2009 (UTC)
      • Hi, thanks for looking into it. For further clarification, I think there's absolutely an argument to be made that Japan today has an army. More precisely, the Japan Self-Defense Forces page states that in 1950 the government created a National Police Reserve, which could reasonably be called an "armed force." But it also states that after 1945, Japan had zero military capability, and as you know this was constitutionally prescribed in 1946. What I'm pushing for is that even if Japan recreated its army in the 1950s, the statement "Costa Rica was the second country to constitutionally abolish its armed forces" holds true. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 124.144.183.24 (talk) 08:58, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
        • You made a good point, but it is kind of weird because Japan was without army for only for 9 years, CR still does not have one today. A good solution will be simply to state that CR constitutionally abolished its army in 1949, and delete the "first" part. However, I think we should move this discussion to the CR Talk page to give other editors the opportunity to comment and bring more facts. I will do so copying this entire section. Let's continue over there.--Mariordo (talk) 13:33, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
  • The above discussion was copied from my Talk page to continue here, please comment below to decide whether "first" or "second" country reflects the facts, or if we better go without any ranking, and simply stating that "CR constitutionally abolish its army permanently in 1949" avoiding any controversy or misunderstanding. Here you can find CR constitution in Spanish, article 12 explicitly says that the army is forbidden permanently. The Japanese constitutions has a principle of peace, not an explicit abolition, that is why they have an army for defense purposes.--Mariordo (talk) 13:33, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
    • Thanks for moving this to the appropriate place, Mariordo. I think it would be best to go with what you suggested: "CR constitutionally abolish its army permanently in 1949." That nicely sidesteps the issue of timing, and makes it clear that there is still no army in CR. (for the record, if you look at article 9(2) of the Japanese constitution it states that "In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained." Before 1950 this was interpreted strictly, and after 1950 under American pressure the interpretation was changed to allow forces for the purpose of self defense. I would personally call this a "neat trick" - redefining an explicit abolition. But you may feel differently? In any case, the change in 1950 does make it very difficult to judge statements like "CR was the first/second country to constitutionally abolish its armed forces." 124.144.183.24 (talk) 23:14, 11 June 2009 (UTC)

Online gambling in the economy?[edit]

It's my understanding that Costa Rica is home for several online poker websites, which are possibly illegal in other countries such as the USA.Ykral (talk) 23:01, 17 July 2009 (UTC)

I found some news, and a link indicating several gambling casinos in the country too:

Ykral (talk) 01:51, 30 July 2009 (UTC)

Flag[edit]

Shouldn't the flag in the box be the national flag and not the civil ensign? Or am I missing something here?

Circumspect (talk) 22:29, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

Where is information on climate?[edit]

There should be a dedicated section on climate data (rainfall, humidity, tropical storms, temperature, etc.).

Agreed. I added a merge template from this article to here, and I've added a small temporary section that points there. Asymmetric (talk) 12:57, 23 February 2010 (UTC)
Someone (76.27.211.0) just copy-n-pasted the Climate of Costa Rica article into the Climate section. Instead, i think there should be a summary of the full info. We can't just delete the Climate of Costa Rica article either, because it's part of the {{North America topic}} template. Asymmetric (talk) 19:09, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

Sites of Costa Rica[edit]

Hello everyone, I add a external link to the Costa Rica's article called; "Sites of Costa Rica". The goal of this projects is to collect all the sites (useful, not necessary commercial sites) existing in Costa Rica.

I've been working very hard to collect, indexing and try out each link I've published on the site. The design concept is just to create a very simple site (just links).

I appreciate that you guys take a look of the site. http://www.sites.cr


I'll still adding more directories to the site.

regards, Andres —Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.186.158.141 (talk) 17:09, 24 October 2009 (UTC)

  • Though the site seems very useful, for that website to stay in the article, we have to make sure it is not spam. Is the site is from a non-profit? or its nature is commercial? (does the site owner receives $x for each link clicked like Google? clearly there is advertising!). Please provide more info to justify keeping the link. That is why I removed it.-Mariordo (talk) 17:40, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Yes, the site has ads, but they are clearly identified, no cheating to the visitors, I've been very careful about it. I placed some ads to bring some life to the site, also it has pictures related with CR instead ads, it's mixed. Each link posted doesn't receive $/per click. Already I'm working in universities, colleges, schools, institutes and academies directories. The site is very useful for the foreign people who needs info about CR quick and reliable. (15:35, 24 October 2009)

Regards, Andres —Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.186.158.141 (talk) 19:36, 24 October 2009 (UTC)

See WP:SPAM to evaluate if your site classifies as spam. If you decide to include it again, please provide an explanation in the edit summary (and here) explaining why you are observing the policies established in the link above.-00:16, 25 October 2009 (UTC)

I have visited http://sites.cr, and it is true that the site is very informative. I believe it merits to be included here. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Lovecostarica (talkcontribs) 01:40, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

National motto[edit]

According to the Spanish version of this article, Costa Rica has a national motto (¡Vivan siempre el trabajo y la paz!). If someone can translate that, I think it should be added to the template in the article. Josh (talk) 12:43, 31 October 2009 (UTC)

long live work and peace, forever live work and peace. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 201.191.184.240 (talk) 02:12, 21 December 2010 (UTC)

someone just have to edit it, I have just done that but it was undone by ClueBot NG Mormegil 87.18.79.28 (talk) 05:46, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

This page needs work![edit]

Several sentences in the 2nd paragraph are bizarre:

1) Costa Ricans refer to themselves as Ticos (males) or Ticas (females).

Comment: why does this start with "1)"?

Americans and Canadians are often called Gringos/ Gringas.

Comment: why is this important to mention in the 2nd paragraph on the whole country!?

Expenditure on the police corps is about US$17.99 per person.

Comment: what is this, a blue light special? and 17.99 for what, a year? a lifetime? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Eslip17 (talkcontribs) 18:59, 16 February 2010 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the warning. Certainly those edits are not encyclopedic or do not belong to the leading paragraph. I remove them all.-Mariordo (talk) 03:15, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

Last sentence in "climate" section.[edit]

I'm not authorised to edit wiki pages, but someone who is ought to have a look at the last sentence in the climate section ("then i went to a strip club and felt up a dancer and got seven different STDs")and remove it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.111.223.6 (talk) 16:18, 19 April 2010 (UTC)

delete the separate health article on costa rica and merge into country page??[edit]

--- Health --- As global health starts to focus on the importance of universal primary care and on the social determinants of health, I have noticed Costa Rica being cited in various journals as an example of a nation with excellent health demographics despite a relatively low GDP. There is a separate article on health in Costa Rica - just a stub at present, but I think this info probably belongs in the main country page. Would love the advice of more experienced editors on this. Ethel the aardvark (talk) 02:17, 1 September 2010 (UTC)

Did someone delete the "legal prostitution" section?[edit]

Seems to me this is a clear part of the economy. And since many countries do not allow it, it seems worthwhile to distinguish those that do such as Thailand and Costa Rica. 75.85.14.106 (talk) 23:11, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

In Costa Rica prostitution is not illegal, quite a different thing of being legal (ask your lawyer for the difference, the same as guilty and not guilty!). This issue about Costa Rica is dealt with already here and here, I do not think it is necessary to bring it to the main article, or do all country articles have a section regarding the status of prostitution, whether legal, illegal or not illegal? For purposes of NPOV, are you going to add that section or to the infobox of every country article? Leave it where it belongs.-Mariordo (talk) 02:16, 4 November 2010 (UTC)

Cities?[edit]

I noticed sections available in the article on such topics as "ekonomik growath" but what about fundamental ideas related to a land or to a state, such as its cities? Rtdrury (talk) 02:51, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

References[edit]

  1. ^ THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN (No) Drill, Baby, Drill New York Times Op-Ed Column Published: April 11, 2009 http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/12/opinion/12friedman.html?em

Demographics[edit]

"Whites and mestizos make up 94% of the population, while 3% are Black, or Afro-Caribbean, 1% Native American, 1% Chinese, and 1% other. There are also over 60,000 Native American or indigenous inhabitants, representing 1.5% of the population."

So Native Americans make up 1% plus another 1.5% of the population, bringing the total to 101.5%. Something is obviously wrong here, but I don't know enough to fix it. Maproom (talk) 19:36, 6 July 2011 (UTC)

War of 48[edit]

In 1948 there was a war in Costa Rica caused by various incidents and situations but triggered by doubts regarding a presidential election which can't be established, nowdays, who won, since some ballots were burned and alegations of fraud ended in a war. It is impossible to resolve both sides alegations as to who won the election and both sides were quite numerous.

There are may sources that can support that it is not verifiable who won the election and even nowdays people with different political leanings would see history from a different perspective.

Both my grandparents were against the "calderonista" government and would support the thesis that the election was won by Otilio Ulate, but, if presured, would acknowledge they can't prove since there were irregularities, burned ballots, falsified documents, etc.

My godfather's dad and my father in law would both be sure that Calderón won but would have acknowledge they can't verify it either since there were irregularities.

Thus the irregularities in the elections are a fact, who won is a matter of speculation.

One of may sources:

http://www.elespiritudel48.org/4802.htm

"

EL FRAUDE ELECTORAL

El 8 de febrero de 1948 se realizaron las elecciones. Se enfrentan por la Presidencia de la República Rafael Angel Calderón Guardia, por el partido Republicano, con el apoyo de los comunistas, y Otilio Ulate Blanco, representante de la Oposición Nacional, que incluía partidarios de su propio grupo, el Partido Unión Nacional, del grupo figuerista, del "cortesista" y del Partido Social Demócrata. Según el cómputo de votos, el Partido de Ulate resultó triunfador en la elección presidencial (no así en la de diputados). El 28 de febrero el Tribunal Electoral declaró provisionalmente electo a Ulate como Presidente de la República (con el voto salvado de uno de sus miembros), pero el1º de marzo, ante una solicitud del Dr. Calderón, el Congreso (de mayoría calderonista) anuló el resultado de la votación, acusándola de fraudulenta. Entre los argumentos que se presentaron para defender la nulidad están las irregularidades cometidas con las cédulas de identidad, el hecho de que el padrón electoral estaba incompleto, y el incendio de algunas papeletas electorales"

So it is POV for articles of Wikipedia to claim to know who won an irregular election: what is clear is that the election was iregular and ended up in a war.

--Crio de la Paz (talk) 04:05, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

Anthems of Costa Rica[edit]

If anyone wants to check on the anthems of Costa Rica they can be downloaded at: http://valores.racsa.co.cr/materialsobrevalores/letras_himnos_cr.doc --Crio de la Paz (talk) 16:20, 8 November 2011 (UTC)

Health care see also[edit]

Should point to Health care in Costa Rica, not a list of hospitals --208.38.59.161 (talk) 20:28, 28 June 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 3 July 2012[edit]

groups (2011) White (40%), Mestizo (31%), Mulatto (17%), Amerindian (4%), Black (3%), Does not know/No response (3%), Asian (1%), Other (1%) (self-reported

White (40%),Castizo(16%), Mestizo (15%), Mulatto (17%), Amerindian (4%), Black (3%), Does not know/No response (3%), Asian (1%), Other (1%) (self-reported

Would you be so kind to provide the link(s) to a reliable source(s) (see WP:RS) to support this edit. The data about population by races has been a permanent and contentious issue (given that the official census does not tracks race like in other countries).--Mariordo (talk) 05:04, 3 July 2012 (UTC)
Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Rivertorch (talk) 07:20, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

where is the section on the casinos and prostitution?[edit]

these items are certainly a part of the economy, and they were well sourced. who removed them and why? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 75.84.95.229 (talk) 07:49, 22 August 2012 (UTC)

Costa Rica 'Beautiful Coast' meaning.[edit]

Why is it down as meaning 'Beautiful Coast', surely it should be 'Rich Coast'?? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jordan427 (talkcontribs) 18:02, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

If your Spanish and knowledge of the country is good, you may please explain why... --E4024 (talk) 18:04, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
Because it does mean "rich" in Spanish? It is in fact not called "Costa bonita".TMCk (talk) 19:28, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
En espanol no existe el vocablo "rich", sino "rico" que significa, segun el contexto, "rich" o "beautiful". Algo mas? :-) --E4024 (talk) 19:31, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
Sorry, I was carried away; but I'm sure you understood me... --E4024 (talk) 19:32, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
Si señor(a).TMCk (talk) 20:32, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
I've fixed it. While no doubt both of the country's coasts are rich in beauty, multiple sources refer specifically to gold when discussing how Costa Rica got its name. Rivertorch (talk) 19:48, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
Would you kindly insert your RS reference in the article, from among those multiple sources, please? If not, I reserve my right to revert your edition. Muchas gracias. --E4024 (talk) 19:53, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
On my way out the door. See footnote 20. Rivertorch (talk) 19:59, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
I have a sort of source here for "beautiful coast" but somehow I feel like you are going to come back with a better one than that Embassy page, an academic reference perhaps... --E4024 (talk) 21:25, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
Sorry, but in terms of reliability it doesn't even come close compared to the Embassy of Costa Rica as source. Lo siento, señorTMCk (talk) 21:46, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────I checked the pages of other "Embajadas" of this country and could not find the same info. Why? --E4024 (talk) 21:49, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

What matters is not what we can't find but what we do find.TMCk (talk) 21:54, 18 September 2012 (UTC)
Now I see your reason for defense of the translation. You were the one who added it to the article just recently. You made some OR in what you thought would be the best interpretation and I understand your train of thought but since we have a very good source to the contrary we have to stick to it.TMCk (talk) 00:24, 19 September 2012 (UTC)
No pressing need for an academic source; the embassy page fully meets WP:RS for basic information such as this. Still, I was intrigued enough by some of the colonial history I read today that I may well continue to poke around a bit and see what I come up with. As is the case with its English counterpart, "rich", rica has multiple meanings, and sometimes such literal translations are problematic. I don't think that happened here, but I'll keep an open mind. Rivertorch (talk) 05:24, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

Missing healthcare follow-on[edit]

In the 3rd paragraph of the 'Health' section, the final sentence is: There are some threats to the universal health care model. There doesn't appear to be any follow-on to this. Ie., what are the threats? Details about the threats should be added or the sentence should be removed. Mylorin (talk) 15:49, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

Done. Sentence removed. Rivertorch (talk) 19:16, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

Santa Elena Cloud Forest[edit]

I noticed that the section on Monteverde is quite small. This is one of Costa Rica's most incredible areas and should have better information. I would like to add information about both the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, both of which are in Monteverde, under the Flora and Fauna section. The information will include the various species that are present in these two reserves. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Prosnow76 (talkcontribs) 16:53, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

Please draft some text, including reliable sources, and place it here. Either I or another editor will be happy to look it over. Alternatively, you can wait until your account is autoconfirmed and add the content directly to the article. (It looks as if you're almost there.) Rivertorch (talk) 18:29, 15 April 2013 (UTC)

This article lacks information on Costa Rican energy production.[edit]

It is mentioned that "As of 2012, Costa Rica produces more than 90% of its electricity through renewable sources.[70]" however, there is no section on energy, electricity, coal, hydroelectricity, mining, etc. The energy / power industry is completely overlooked here. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ragstorighteous (talkcontribs) 23:28, 1 June 2013 (UTC)

Costa Rica is 51,100 sq. km while the world's landmass 148.94 million sq. km, so the percentage is 0.03%, not 0.25%[edit]

Original text: While the country has only about 0.25% of the world's landmass Correct text: While the country has only about 0.03% of the world's landmass Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page). http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0004373.html Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page). http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_square_miles_is_Costa_RicaHelenhsu99 (talk) 17:11, 19 June 2013 (UTC)Helen Hsu June 18,2013

Agreed. This article's infobox agrees with 51,100 sq. km. and the Earth infobox agrees with your 148.94 million sq. km. This article and its reference currently say 0.1% not 0.25%, but 51,100/148,940,000 is still 0.03%. 0.1% probably resulted from using the Earth's total area instead of just "landmass".(oops, that's wrong) I gave it a {{Dubious}} template. Art LaPella (talk) 18:01, 21 June 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 13 December 2013[edit]

Please add to "Further Reading":

  • Keller, Marius; Niestroy, Ingeborg; García Schmidt, Armando; Esche, Andreas (2013). "Costa Rica: Pioneering Sustainability", in: Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.): Winning Strategies for a Sustainable Future. Reinhard Mohn Prize 2013. Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, Gütersloh. pp. 81–102. ISBN 978-3-86793-491-6.  External link in |title= (help)

Ags245 (talk) 08:20, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Done (with some modifications, copyediting for more consistent style). Rivertorch (talk) 03:58, 14 December 2013 (UTC)

Typo under Religion: "religipn" — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.224.200.159 (talk) 01:44, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Messed refs[edit]

Currently, three references (Botey Sobrado 2002, p. 30-31, Botey Sobrado 2002, p. 32 and p. 32-33) are broken, I can't figure out what publication is supposed to be cited. Any help is appreciated. Brandmeistertalk 16:22, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

What is the correct flag?[edit]

Noticed today that the German article has a different flag to the one in this article, quick sample of the various other language versions shows that there is a mix across the languages. It seems unlikely to me that Costa Rica has different flags depending on which language someone speaks, so which is the correct one? 77.57.25.250 (talk) 17:13, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

"Costa Rica's reluctance to become politically tied with the rest of Central America has been a major obstacle to efforts for greater regional integration."

Neutral POV? Strongly suggests "regional integration" is a desired / desirable goal. Suggest edit:

Costa Rica has historically been reluctant to become politically tied to the rest of Central America. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 92.90.21.14 (talk) 19:47, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Carrots?!!!!!![edit]

So pre-Columbian Costa Ricans grew root vegetables "like carrots"? Does this mean similar to the old world carrot, or does it mean that carrots reached the Americas before Columbus? citation needed and a bit more explanation. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pignut (talkcontribs) 11:25, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

Dulce de Leche[edit]

It must be listed as one of the traditional disserts Its made with vanilla, milk and sugar Tartaruganight (talk) 17:10, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

It's Costa Rica not Argentina or Uruguay. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 186.15.18.123 (talk) 17:16, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

UNOCHA Map[edit]

I've added the UNOCHA map to the Infobox. — Preceding unsigned comment added by SantiagoFrancoRamos (talkcontribs) 12:18, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

Human Development Index[edit]

Under the "Human Development Index" listed on all countries profiles, Costa Rica's is listed as 8.63. If you follow the link listed by the ranking, it will take you to a page showing that the most recent ranking of Costa Rica's HDI is 7.63, as reported by the source. This is a pretty significant difference. I'm not sure if this is how I would go about changing it or if this is the right place to post this, but I don't think I am able to change the page myself. — Preceding unsigned comment added by OG Kelvin (talkcontribs) 01:54, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 6 October 2015[edit]

Good Evening

I was reading the article and I saw this phrase: "Costa Rica joined the short-lived First Mexican Empire of Agustín de Iturbide but, after its collapse in 1823..."

I would like to point out that statement is not correct. Costa Rica did not officialized any annexation to the Mexican Empire. It is true that some politic movements were favor to join the Mexican Empire, however there was no final agreement on it. Actually, what it happened was the following (next paragraph is the proposal for replacement):

Upon independence, Costa Rican authorities faced the issue officially decide the future of the country. Two bands formed, the imperialist, defended by Cartago and Heredia cities which were in favour of joining the Mexican Empire, and the Republicans, represented by the cities of San Jose and Alajuela who defended to become fully independent. Because of the lack of agreement on these two possible decisions, the first civil of Costa Rica happened. This is called as the Battle of Ochomogo, which took place in the Hill of Ochomogo, located in the Central Valley in 1823. The conflict was won by the republicans and as a consequence, the city of Cartago lost its status as capital, which moved to San Jose. Important to mention that while this battle was taking place, the Mexican Empire was already dissolved. Therefore, from a historic perspective, Costa Rica did not officialized any annexation to the Mexican Empire.

Further reference can be seen in Wikipedia as "Batalla de Ochomogo". Further references include:

Fernández Guardia, Ricardo: Cartilla histórica de Costa Rica. San José (Costa Rica): Editorial UNED, 2009. Obregón Loría, Rafael. "Hechos Militares y Políticos de Nuestra Historia Patria". Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría, Costa Rica, 1981. Picado Soto, Francisco (1966): Apuntes para la Historia de la ciudad de Alajuela (1782-1966). San José (Costa Rica): Alarmvogel, 1966.

Saying the above, it will be fully appreciated to correct this mistake, which induces to confusion in a historic perspective.

Best regards!

23daniel (talk) 18:15, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 4 March 2016[edit]

The page mentions renewable sources of energy. I suggest to link this page "Renewable_energy_in_Costa_Rica" Mauriciol1991 (talk) 19:18, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

 Done Great idea! 78.26 (spin me / revolutions) 19:38, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 8 May 2016[edit]

please change "Costa Rica officially plans to become the first carbon-neutral country by 2021." to "Costa Rica officially plans to become a carbon-neutral country by 2021." as there are already countries (Bhutan and Vatican City) that are carbon neutral. 86.191.89.61 (talk) 13:52, 8 May 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done See[1] JWNoctistalk to me 15:45, 8 May 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 20 May 2016[edit]

Top 10 Costa Rica Destinations:
1.Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve: Shrouded in clouds, the stunning Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve has a unique air of mystery to it. A distinctive mountain rainforest where the humidity is usually 100%, Monteverde is home to more than 3000 species of animals and plants.
2. Arenal Volcano National Park & La Fortuna: Used to be one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica, the beautiful Arenal is indeed a sight to behold. Visit La Fortuna, a tiny town near the base of the volcano and you will not regret the sheer beauty. While here don’t forget to check out the marvelous Hot Springs, a tropical paradise where you can relax both your mind and body.
3.Tamarindo, Playa Langosta & Playa Grande: Located along the north Pacific Coast, Tamarindo and its surrounding beaches are some of the most easily accessible beach towns in the region. Boasting crystal clear turquoise water and pristine weather, Tamarindo is one of the most popular tourist destinations for good reason. Tamarindo has a little something to offer everyone. Whether a family is in search of an adventurous getaway or a couple is looking to relax on their honeymoon, this town has the amenities and serenity of several other destinationsin one locale.
4.Manuel Antonio & Manuel Antonio National Park: What this park lacks in size, it makes up for in the incredible wealth of attractions found here. Stunning tropical beaches, an amazing array of birds and wildlife, rich dense forestation, easy accessibility and a plethora of things to do, all make this park one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
5.Tortuguero National Park: A key turtle breeding ground in the Caribbean, the Tortuguero National Park is the habitat and nesting ground of four of the eight species of marine turtles in the world. Known for its meandering rivers and lovely lagoons, this area is also home to the endangered West Indian manatee.
6.Corcovado National Park & Drake Bay: Located on the gorgeous Osa Peninsula, the Corcovado National Park has been called as one of the most biodiverse places on earth. Together with Drake Bay, this region has become an ecotourism hot spot for those who want to be one with nature.
7.Santa Teresa & Mal Pais : The tiny beach village of Santa Teresa is located in the south of the Nicoya Peninsula, almost at the tip, in north of the Puntarenas province. This beach is renowned worldwide for some of the best surfing in the entire country. Private and secluded, Santa Teresa is often described as "Paradise". Just next door to the south is Mal Pais a bit more spread out with long beaches and reefs it is the perfect place to get away from it all.
8.Montezuma: Lying on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Montezuma was a small remote fishing village until the 1980’s when it began to gain a repute of being an ideal budget location for the nearby areas of the Cabo Blanco National Park, the Isla Tortuga and the Curu Wildlife Reserve. Nowadays a popular hangout for young foreign travelers, who enjoy the village’s laidback lifestyle, Montezuma is a carefree place with a mellow vibe.
9.Puerto Viejo & Cahuita National Park : Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica has a lot to offer. From world-class surfing, snorkeling and diving among the many reefs in the blue waters, to mountain biking, horseback riding and cultural visits to indigenous people. Nearby Cahuita National Park, protecting Costa Rica’s largest and only coral reef, combines beautiful beaches with lush coastal rainforests to provide a truly wonderful atmosphere to relax in.
10.Nosara & Playa Guiones: Nosara is a tranquil beach community, ideal for a surfer or nature lover's vacation. Located where the turtles meet the monkeys, this serene unspoiled corner of Costa Rica has enjoyed both the protection of the national park system, as well as the efforts of the local citizens association that keep the beaches pristine and ensure hundreds of acres of protected forest interspersed with small-scale development.



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English pronunciation[edit]

The article begins with: "Costa Rica (/ˌkɒstə ˈrkə/ (About this sound listen) ...". If you click the link, you hear someone pronouncing the first word like "coast a". If you mouse over the "ɒ" symbol, it says "/ɒ/ short 'o' in 'body'", that is, "cost a". At least in my local dialect (near Seattle), the "o" in "body" doesn't sound anything like the "o" in the audio file. Coast a or cost a? Art LaPella (talk) 18:15, 21 June 2017 (UTC)

Who can help please[edit]

Hello, I made a mistake in the box at Population. The Dates are correct, but the other must be corrected, pleas. Thanks in advance -- Drahdiwaberling (talk) 21:32, 27 July 2017 (UTC)

Fixed, if I understand you correctly. To understand the <ref name= ...> parameter I fixed, you could read Help:Referencing for beginners#Same reference used more than once. Art LaPella (talk) 22:34, 27 July 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 9 August 2017[edit]

It looks like there's a typo in the last paragraph in the Education section: "A 2106 report..." should be "A 2016 report..." 50.243.173.193 (talk) 18:49, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

Done, thanks —72 talk 18:51, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 23 August 2017[edit]

Nominal GDP percapita and PPP GDP per capita are from like 2008, someone need to update that from the provided source that it's already there. 190.113.115.88 (talk) 12:48, 23 August 2017 (UTC)

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Citation for 6.9% of GDP for education should be changed[edit]

I hardly think the Seattle Times is a source for a country's budget, not to mention they don't have a source for it in the article linked in the citation.

This would probably be a more reliable source. I'd edit it myself if it were not a protected article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 200.122.139.72 (talk) 00:23, 8 October 2017 (UTC)

Cacao[edit]

change ((cacao)) to ((Theobroma cacao|cacao))

Not done: The requested link target is about the plant when it is the bean that is exported, if I'm not mistaken. I have instead retargeted the wikilink to cacao bean. —KuyaBriBriTalk 17:54, 3 November 2017 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 24 February 2018[edit]

In the sports section it states that football is the most popular sport and is played in FIFA. This is the American Wikipedia page, so it should be referred to as soccer to avoid confusion with the sport American's call football. 2601:193:8200:E01F:8DA:8F5C:A017:CBED (talk) 20:06, 24 February 2018 (UTC)

 Note: This is the English Wikipedia, which serves English-speaking readers all over the world. (There is no American Wikipedia.) I have linked the word "football" to Association football, which should go some way towards averting confusion. RivertorchFIREWATER 06:06, 25 February 2018 (UTC)