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Costa Rica: Country Insights


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Costa RicaThe United States is Costa Rica’s main trading partner, accounting for about 40% of Costa Rica’s total imports. Prior to the global economic crisis, Costa Rica enjoyed stable economic growth. The economy contracted 1.3% in 2009 but resumed growth at about 4.5% per year in 2010-12.

Costa Rica climbed from 109th to 102nd in the “Doing Business 2014” report issued by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank, which assesses progress made against excessive bureaucracy in doing business. Costa Rica's major economic resources are its fertile land and frequent rainfall, its well-educated population, and its location in the Central American isthmus, which provides easy access to North and South American markets and direct ocean access to the European and Asian continents.

Business Insight Reports

» Costa Rica: U.S. Commercial Service - Country Commercial Guide

» Costa Rica: World Bank - Doing Business Indicators

Country Profiles

» Costa Rica: BBC - Country Profile

» Costa Rica: U.S. Department of State - Country Travel Information

» Costa Rica: CIA World Factbook

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Additional Counties:

Chile  |  Colombia  |  Costa Rica  |  Dominican Republic El SalvadorGuatemala  |  Honduras  |  Mexico  |  Nicaragua  |  Panama  |  Peru

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