Thursday, May 3, 2012


Costa Rica is in lower Central America, between Nicaragua and Panama (10 degrees north of the equator) 43% of population are between the ages of 15 and 40 years old

Over a third of the population lives in San Jose (the capital city) A large, highly skilled labor pool of 2.05 million people with an unemployment rate of 7.3% (estimated to July 2010) Home to IBM, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Hewlett Packard and Intel outsourcing call centers Education

95 technical schools and 60 universities

The National Training Institute (INA) offers free technical training

Government commitment to the environment—25% of its land is protected territory Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet

6% of the world's biodiversity Volcanoes, cloud forests, rainforests, dry forests, beaches

10,000 species of plants, 800 species of butterflies, 500 species of mammals, and 850 species of birds

28 national parks, preserves, conservation areas, and refuges