Area: 19,929 square miles
Capital: San José
Languages: Spanish is the official language; English is also spoken.
Ethnicity: Mestizo, European, K’iche, Kaqchikel, Mam, Q’eqchi, and indigenous.
Location: Costa Rica is bordered by Nicaragua, Panama, the Pacific Ocean, and the Caribbean Sea.
Geography: Costa Rica has very little flat land. The plains along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts are characterized by tropical forests and beaches. The interior of the country is mountainous and precipitous.
Religions: Catholic (76%), Evangelical (14%), Other denominations (Methodist, Jewish, etc.) (10%)
Time zone: Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time, one hour behind U.S. EST. When it is 6am in New York, it is 5am in José.