30 Most Interesting Costa Rica Facts You Didn’t Know

30 Most Interesting Costa Rica Facts You Didn’t Know

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2. Isla del Coco is the most remote and largest uninhabited island of Costa Rica.

3. In Costa Rica, lessons are taught over a national radio station for children in rural areas who cannot make it to school.

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5. Costa Rica is one of the countries with the highest amount of protected land in the world. 25% of its national territory is national park or biological, marine and land reserves.

6. Costa Rica has the highest life expectancy in the world (77 years).

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8. Costa Rica is home to more orchids than other place on Earth.

9. Airrecu is the small unofficial country in Costa Rica formed in 1995. It is not recognized by Costa Rica and the UN but has a population of 5,000 people with a flag, soldiers and national anthem.

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11. Costa Rica has 4% of all known living species of flora and fauna and is also 1 of the top 20 countries with the greatest biodiversity in the world.

12. Costa Rica’s marine surface is 10 times bigger than terrestrial and with rich biodiversity; it is a paradise for divers.

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14. Costa Rica is the 3rd most popular destination for surfing, after Hawaii and Indonesia.

15. There is free education and health care to each citizen until 11th grade in Costa Rica.

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17.Front doors of almost all commercial establishments always open inwards. This is against fire code in the U.S.

18. Costa Rica is smaller than Lake Michigan.

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20. Costa Ricans started used street signs in 2012.

21. The name Costa Rica was first used by the officials of Panama in 1539 to distinguish the territory between Panama and Nicaragua.

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23. Christopher Columbus was the first European to land on Costa Rica on September 8, 1502. He took the refuge off the coast between tiny Uvita Island and current port of Limon.

24. Costa Rica has a literacy rate of 96%.

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26. Native Costa Ricans call themselves Ticos for male and Ticas for females.

27. Costa Rican women do not take their husbands last name when they get married, but they retain their maiden name along with their mothers name.

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29. Almost all catholic churches in Costa Rica face west.

30. Costa Rica consistently ranks #1 on the Happy Planet Index.

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