Costa Rica is a small Central American country bordering Nicaragua to the North, Panama to the Southeast and the Caribbean and Pacific oceans to the East and West respectively.
Costa Rica is probably best known worldwide for its natural resources and its political stability. While being only two thirds the size of Scotland, the country holds 5 % of the world’s biodiversity and 25 % of its territory consists of protected forests and reserves. Boasting the greatest density of species in the world along with a wide range of landscapes, Costa Rica has become a natural paradise with much to offer, to visitors alike.
Being the first country in the world to abolish its army, Costa Rica has been an example to many nations and continues to have more than 5 decades of uninterrupted democracy. Ex-president Oscar Arias (1986-1990 and 2006-2010) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987. This is why Costa Rica is often referred to as the Switzerland of Central America.