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FC: Costa Rica | by: Shinia Carter JCSU Professor Knops Spanish 131

1: BackGround History... | In 1821, Costa Rica became one of several Central American provinces that jointly declared their independence from Spain. | Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. | Standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread

2: People of Costa Rica... | The Idea of the family unit is highly valued. Family life in Costa Rica is usually the center of social activities. | Children live with their family until they are married, and closed extended families are very common you may even see generations living together. ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY

3: lITERATURE... | In literature, Costa Rica has never fielded figures of the stature of Latin American writers such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Octavio Paz, Jorge Amado, Pablo Neruda, Isabel Allende, or Jorge Luis Borges. Indeed, the Ticos are not at all well read and lack a passionate interest in literature. | Costa Rica's early literary were mostly essayists and poets: Roberto Brenes Mesen and Joquain Garcia Monge are the most noteworthy.

4: Politics | -Costa Rica is a Republic with a strong system of constitutional checks and balances. -Executive responsibilities are vested in a President, who serves as the country's center of power. -There are two vice-presidents and a fifteen cabinet member that includes one of the Vice-Presidents. -Costa Rica used to have a two party system, with extreme difficulty for anybody to achieve electoral success under the banner of any other party. After the 2002 elections when a few third parties had a strong turnout, the two-party system pretty much had drawn its last breath, and was replaced by a multi-party system. Current President: Laura Chinchilla

5: GEOGRAPHY.. | -Costa Rica's geography is small, yet diverse. From lush rainforest's to paradise on tropical beaches to active volcanoes, the country offers a variety of interesting destinations. -Costa Rica is bordered to the north by Nicaragua, to the North East by the Caribbean Sea, the South East by Panama and the west and southwest by the Pacific Ocean. -The country is divided into the seven provinces of San José, Alajuela, Cartago, Heredia, Guanacaste, Puntarenas and Limón. Geographically, the country can be divided into four regions: the highlands, the Pacific coast, the Caribbean coast and the tropical rainforest's.

6: Economy... | -Costa Rica's basically stable and progressive economy depends especially on tourism and the export of bananas, coffee and other agricultural products. Poverty has been substantially reduced over the past 15 years and a strong social safety net has been put in place. Recent trends however have been disappointing. -Costa Rica food selections for being high in saturated fats, but in actuality Costa Ricans are far more active than other cultures. Costa Rican's, locally called Ticos, never eat excessively. Limiting their portions is one way they stay so healthy. -Costa Rica food often revolves around rice and beans, such as Gallo Pinto, a dish that translates to "Spotted Rooster". Gallo Pinto is a dish that includes black beans at a three to two ratio to rice. Also added are onions, garlic, and salt.

7: RELIGION... | -Costa Rica you will find all kinds of groups belonging to religions such as; Protestants,( the second biggest group), Islamic Religion, Jewish Religion and Buddhist.

8: Languages.. | - Costa Ricans Fluently speak Spanish!!

9: Ethnicities... | -Costa Rica is unquestionably the most homogeneous of Central American nations in race as well as social class. Travelers familiar with other Central American nations will immediately notice the contrast: the vast majority of Costa Ricans look predominantly European. -And the population of the Atlantic coast province of Puerto Limón is one-third black, with a distinct culture that reflects its West Indian origins.

10: Music... | -Costa Ricans enjoy Latin, American and British contemporary rock, and have a special affinity for tunes from the 70's and 80's. However, when it comes to dancing, most prefer the traditional Latin rhythms of salsa, merengue, cumbia, lambada and soca. -Costa Rica is home to a diverse musical scene. From Classical to Calypso, music is everywhere- in the streets, homes, restaurants, bars, discos and theaters.

11: Famous People From Costa Rica... | - Francis Amaghetti: Was a self taught painter. -Claudia and Sylvia Poll: winning several olympic metals in the swimming category. - Oscar Arias Sanchez: Won the noble peace prize when he found peace in Latin America.

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