[kos-tuh ree-kuh, kaw-stuh, koh-; Spanish kaws-tah ree-kah]
a republic in Central America, between Panama and Nicaragua. 19,238 sq. mi. (49,825 sq. km). Capital: San José.
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a republic in Central America: gained independence from Spain in 1821; mostly mountainous and volcanic, with extensive forests. Official language: Spanish. Official religion: Roman Catholic. Currency: colón. Capital: San José. Pop: 4 695 942 (2013 est). Area: 50 900 sq km (19 652 sq miles)
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One of the most politically stable countries of Latin America; Costa Rica is traditionally very democratic. It has a literacy rate of over ninety percent.
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