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Fact Sheet

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Costa Rica

Official Title:
Republic of Costa Rica (República de Costa Rica)


General Information

Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
5-year trade
Canada - Costa Rica
Year Exports Imports
2009 $99,930,393 $436,056,946
2010 $160,755,857 $475,704,542
2011 $185,462,772 $513,405,115
2012 $114,618,240 $590,816,046
2013 $152,050,001 $577,540,608
Product trade (2013)
21 HS Chapters
Canada - Costa Rica
Chapter Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $4,778,501 $2,007,767
02 Veg. Prod. $59,725,095 $246,755,620
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $1,554,923 $
04 Food Prod. $15,305,529 $16,452,593
05 Mineral Prod. $3,087,224 $1,024
06 Chemical Prod. $18,602,061 $2,969,785
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $5,395,891 $41,912,718
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $66,214 $20,315
09 Wood Prod. $89,337 $581,542
10 Paper Prod. $3,595,543 $137,727
11 Textiles Prod. $1,574,717 $6,760,179
12 Dress Access. $121,145 $60,481
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $521,943 $3,224,997
14 Precious Metals/stones $56,523 $423,883
15 Base Metal Prod. $2,132,588 $2,878,906
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $26,083,449 $147,660,687
17 Vehicles and Equip. $1,605,647 $3,926,821
18 Specialized Inst. $3,367,442 $100,374,123
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $7,951
20 Misc. Articles $2,540,232 $1,332,999
21 Antiques $ $9,094

Capital: San José
Population (million): 4.713
Total Area: 51,100km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 476.07 Colon (CRC) (2014)
National Holiday: 15 September
Language(s): Spanish


Political Information

Type of State:
Democratic republic

Type of Government:
Unicameral presidential democracy: legislative assembly with 57 elected members; elections held every four years.

Head of State:
President Luis Guillermo Solís

Head of Government:
President Luis Guillermo Solís

Ministers:
First Vice President: Helio Fallas Venegas
Second Vice President: Ana Elena Chacón Echeverría
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Manuel González Sanz
Minister of Foreign Trade: Alexander Mora Delgado

Main Political Parties:
National Liberation Party (PLN): 18 Citizen Action Party (PAC): 13 Broad Front Party (FA): 9 Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC): 8 Libertarian Movement Party (ML): 4 Costa Rican Renovation Party (RC): 2 Other: 3

Elections:
2018 (President and Congress)


Economic Information (2013)

Comparative figures
Type Costa Rica Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 51.11 1881.42
GDP per capita: ($) 10843.13 53593.83
GDP growth rate: (%) 3.5 2.02
Inflation: (%) 5.23 0.96
Unemployment: (%) 8.14 7.08

Trade and Investment (2013)

Canadian exports to country: $152,050,001
Canadian imports from country: $577,540,608
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in Costa Rica: $ million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Roberto Carlos Dormond Cantú

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Wendy Drukier


February 2015
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2012-02-27