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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 $83,585,701 $358,451,284
2010 $99,930,393 $436,056,946
2011 $160,755,857 $475,704,542
2012 $185,462,772 $513,405,008
2013 $114,618,240 $590,844,839
Product trade (2013)
21 HS Chapters
Canada - Costa Rica
Chapter Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $3,919,453 $3,936,399
02 Veg. Prod. $34,040,210 $232,433,220
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $829,154 $1
04 Food Prod. $10,182,645 $4,926,806
05 Mineral Prod. $2,380,372 $1,341
06 Chemical Prod. $8,623,761 $1,395,228
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $4,981,122 $37,114,860
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $147,819 $19,449
09 Wood Prod. $38,794 $109,049
10 Paper Prod. $11,019,617 $152,589
11 Textiles Prod. $2,392,253 $7,379,805
12 Dress Access. $123,107 $23,795
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $408,370 $1,619,834
14 Precious Metals/stones $33,032 $569,066
15 Base Metal Prod. $1,158,189 $559,155
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $25,196,881 $195,762,211
17 Vehicles and Equip. $1,477,328 $1,863,746
18 Specialized Inst. $2,555,679 $99,940,341
19 Arms & Ammunition $102,974 $13,587
20 Misc. Articles $3,027,642 $2,780,515
21 Antiques $2,461 $10,340

Capital: San José
Population (million): 4.713
Total Area: 51,100km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 476.58 Colon (CRC) (2013)
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:
Président Luis Guillermo Solís

Head of Government:
Président 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:
2014 (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: $114,618,240
Canadian imports from country: $590,844,839
FDI in Canada: $ million
CDI in Costa Rica: $ million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Luis Carlos DELGADO Murillo

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador Wendy Drukier


November 2014
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Date Modified:
2012-02-27