A Christian Conservative takes the lead in Costa Rican Presidential Elections

The Costa Rican Presidential Elections ended up in a run off election between the conservative right evangelical Fabricio Alvarado of Partido Restauracion Nacional  (PRN)  and the center left candidate of the Partido Accion Ciudadana (PAC), Carlos Alvarado. Voter participation in this
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Presidential Elections in Costa Rica in 2018

Costa Rica will have Presidential Elections on February 4, 2018.   For this election there are 3,322,329 registered voters of which 50.18% are female and 49.82% are male. Who is running for President ? In this election we have 13 presidential candidates.   Among them you have 7 lawyer
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The Political Subdivision of Costa Rica

The Political Subdivision of Costa Rica The Republic of Costa Rica is divided into seven (7) Provinces which are divided into 81 Cantons that are in turn  divided into 478 districts.  Each Canton in Costa Rica is governed by a local Municipal government (Municipalidad). The seven (7)
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Costa Rica Rafting

Rafting on the Sarapiqui River One of the most memorable experiences I have had in Costa Rica was rafting the Sarapiqui River.  Our extended family decided that we needed some adventure and rafting was the way to do it.  We chose the Sarapiqui River of Costa Rica because we live in th
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Costa Rica Population Statistics

The Population of Costa Rica. According to the last census of Costa Rica (2011) the population of Costa Rica was 4,301,712 Item Year 2011 Total Population 4,301,712 Male Population 2,106,188 Female Population 2,195,524 The population is spread among the 7 provinces of Costa Rica as fo
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International Living Fast Track Costa Rica 2016

International Living just concluded its Fast Track Costa Rica conference.  At the conference expat and local experts share their experiences about living, retiring or working in Costa Rica.  Hundreds of attendees were present at the Costa Rica event gathering information about Costa R
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International Living Global Retirement Index Costa Rica

International Living has been ranking foreign retirement destinations for years.   In the 2016 Global Retirement Index International Living compared the following variables to come up with the 2016 rankings. 1. Buying & Renting, 2. Benefits & Discounts, 3. Visas and Residence,
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Costa Rica Beaches

The beaches of Costa Rica are enticing.  That is part of the reason why Costa Rica is recognized worldwide as a tourism destination. The beaches of Costa Rica are some of the most beautiful and undeveloped in the world. Costa Rica has 631 miles (1,061 Km) of beaches along its pacific
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Pets in Costa Rica

Bringing Pets to Costa Rica

Bringing your Pets to Costa Rica Bringing pets to Costa Rica is easier than you may think.   If you are planning to move to Costa Rica and want to bring your pet with you,  here are the requirements and process to do so.  The procedure differs if you are traveling with your pet or if
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Injured while on vacation in Costa Rica

When you book your vacation you do so with the idea of adventure and exploration. Or you may just want to relax and enjoy the scenery. The furthest thing from your mind is that you could become injured while on vacation. However it does happen and Costa Rica is no exception.   Tourist
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Income Inequality Rises in Costa Rica

Income inequality is on the rise in Costa Rica.  Despite the fact that Costa Rica has been very successful over the years in lifting the standard of living of the population it has recently seen an increase in income inequality .  The decisions made by leaders after the 1948 revolutio
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Municipal Elections in Costa Rica

Costa Rica held Municipal elections which elected the mayor’s and the local council seats for the 81 municipalities of Costa Rica.   The clear trend is the return of the 2 party system of Liberacion Nacional and Social Christian Party (PUSC).   The good news is that the rate of
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